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Cashew Cookies

Some merry dairy snacking is guaranteed when you pass out these cashew-packed goodies! I found the recipe years ago in a flier promoting dairy products. It's been this farm wife's standby ever since. —June Lindquist, Hammond, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    about 5 dozen


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1-3/4 cups chopped cashews
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 3 tablespoons half-and-half cream
  • 1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • Cashew halves


  • Preheat oven to 375°. In a bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine dry ingredients; add alternately with sour cream to creamed mixture. Stir in chopped cashews. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto greased baking sheets. Bake until lightly browned, 8-10 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. For frosting, lightly brown butter in a small saucepan. Remove from the heat and cool slightly. Add cream and vanilla. Beat in confectioners' sugar until smooth and thick. Frost cookies; top each with a cashew half.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 100 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 85mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • Danielle
    Nov 19, 2020

    I have been making these cookies for the past two years and are now a permanent part of my Christmas cookie recipe collection. You had me at browned butter! These just might be the best cookies ever and when you taste one, you will know that you have stumbled on something extraordinary. And in knowing that, you will either want to keep these all to yourself or share with others; depending on the type of person you are:)

  • lindakayrobinson
    Feb 16, 2019

    These cashew cookies are delicious! I made them at Christmas time, and they were loved by all!

  • hunter6295
    Jan 6, 2012

    This is a new family favorite at Christmas time. I make a double batch and they are still gone in a flash. The only change I have made is to add 1/2 tsp maple flavoring to the frosting.

  • aislyn2
    Aug 17, 2009

    These are so good! Especially with the brown butter frosting! Yum!

  • Anonymous
    Jul 16, 2007

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