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Frosted Cashew Cookies Recipe

Frosted Cashew Cookies Recipe

Meet the Cook: It was my sister's sister-in-law who discovered this recipe. We enjoy the cookies at Christmas, but they're rich and elegant for a special coffee and can be tucked in a field lunch box besides. Three years ago, I entered them at our country fair. They won a blue ribbon and were named grand champion. I'm a homemaker, runner for parts on our grain farm and helper with cattle. My husband and I have two boys, a college freshman and a sixth grader. -Sheila Wyum, Rutland, North Dakota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling YIELD:18 servings


  • 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


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. 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. Yield: about 3 dozen.

Nutritional 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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hunter6295 User ID: 1021074 215331
Reviewed 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 User ID: 1501090 11562
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2014

"these are easy to make and taste great"

4Huskers User ID: 5191012 11021
Reviewed 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 User ID: 4063797 11556
Reviewed 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 User ID: 2644601 22693
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2011

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

DreamsOfSweets User ID: 5903799 8078
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2011

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

jporter10738 User ID: 2533873 9972
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2008

"These are awesome! I made this for a cookie exchange at work and everyone loved them!!! Very soft with just the right mix of salty and sweet!"

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