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Frosted Cashew Cookies

We savor these cookies every Christmas, but they're special year-round with coffee or tucked into a lunch box. I won a ribbon with these cookies at my county fair.—Sheila Wyum, Rutland, North Dakota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    about 3 dozen


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon each baking powder, baking soda and salt
  • 1-1/2 cups salted cashews, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 3 tablespoons half-and-half cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • Additional cashew halves, optional


  • In a bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar. Beat in egg, sour cream and vanilla; mix well. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in cashews.
  • Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.
  • For the frosting, lightly brown butter in a small saucepan. Remove from the heat; add cream and vanilla. Beat in confectioners' sugar until thick and smooth. Frost cookies. Top each with a cashew half if desired.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 348 calories, 19g fat (9g saturated fat), 43mg cholesterol, 381mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (26g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.
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  • momio
    Oct 13, 2019

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  • desert_sun
    Jan 30, 2018

    My cookies did not spread out the way the picture shows - it stayed in as "dropped". Still good, just not as nicely frosted as the picture.

  • hunter6295
    Dec 19, 2014

    These are requested by my kids every Christmas. One year I ran out of vanilla for the frosting and added a couple drops of maple extract. They were even more fabulous that way. Bottom line is that either way they are delicious.

  • puffybloomers
    Feb 26, 2014

    these are easy to make and taste great

  • 4Huskers
    Nov 25, 2013

    These were wonderful and so nice and soft just the way we like them.. The only problem, which really wasn't a problem, was that they came out small and puffy. I used the cookie scoop so next time I will just make them bigger :-) Everyone loved them and I know I will make them again. Yummy!!!

  • larissabarrett
    Nov 27, 2011

    my mother used to make these for me! I'm not a huge nut fan, but when put in cookies- u can't go wrong!

  • billsbunch
    Sep 12, 2011

    Delicious! Mouthwatering! Not so easy, but totally worth the effort!

  • DreamsOfSweets
    Mar 27, 2011

    Yummy, Yummy, Yummy!! Highly recommend. I have made these many times, for friends, relatives and bake sales. Everyone LOVES them!!

  • kgaffney
    Nov 6, 2010

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  • michael prewitt
    Oct 24, 2010

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