Cashew Nut Cookies

Monday, 21 January 2013


Cashew nut cookies are pretty easy going. These bite-size morsels don't mind if you put in more of this or less of that.

You can use more cashews and less flour if you like your cookies really nutty.

Add more sugar if you have a sweet tooth.

Add more eggs if you like softer, more tender cookies, less if you like more "snap".

You want very buttery cookies? Add more butter of course. If the dough is too soft to handle because you've added an obscene amount of fat, or eggs, just pop it in the freezer to firm up.

I don't think anyone would have problems making cashew nut cookies (unless you're the sort who burns everything).

Hmm, there's only so much I can say about a recipe that's dead easy.

What can I do to pad up this post (besides putting each sentence in a new paragraph)?

Hey, I know! We haven't had a knock-knock joke for a while. Here we go:

Knock knock!

Who's there?

Cashew nut!

Cashew nut who?

Cash, you nut! I want cold, hard cash in ang pows.

Yup, it's that time of the year again. Are you busy preparing for the Spring Festival? Hope you have time to bake some CNY goodies. Happy Year of the (Water) Snake, folks!



CASHEW NUT COOKIES
Source: Adapted from All About Kueh and Pastries
(Recipe for about 180 pieces)

150 g unsalted butter
180 g castor sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg, about 50 g
¼ tsp salt
200 g plain flour, sift with baking powder
½ tsp baking powder
200 g untoasted cashew nuts
bake untoasted nuts at 160°C till brown and fragrant, 15 minutes or so; leave till cool; chop roughly with knife; mince in food processor till fine, leaving some larger bits for bite
130 g untoasted medium size cashew nuts
split nuts into 2 halves to yield around 180 pieces

2 yolks, beaten

Whisk butter and sugar till pale and fluffy. Add egg, vanilla extract and salt. Whisk till smooth. Add flour and baking powder. Mix till shaggy. Add toasted cashew nuts. Mix till even. If sticky, sprinkle with 1-2 tsp plain flour and mix again, or chill till firm enough to handle.

Dusting with plain flour, roll dough thickish, about 4 mm. Cut with cutter just slightly bigger than a cashew nut. Traditionally, cashew nut cookies are shaped like cashew nuts.

Place cookies on baking tray lined with parchment paper. Brush lightly with yolk. Gently press 1 cashew halve onto each cookie, flat side down. Lightly brush cashews with egg yolk.

Bake at 160°C till golden brown, about 20 minutes. Remove cookies to wire rack. Leave till cool. Store airtight if not eaten immediately.

8 comments:

Jeannie Tay said...

I have bookmarked cashew nuts cookies from last year till this year and has yet to bake them lol! Yours looks delicious! I'll see if I have enough time to bake these!

Phong Hong said...

KT, you are hillarious! Did I tell you that before? Since it is so simple, I guess I could bake some and hopefully not mess up. I'm a cookie virgin :)

KT said...

Pssst! I'll tell you a secret. I use a big cutter when the camera isn't rolling. It's much faster than a tiny, itsy-bitsy cutter.

KT said...

Judging from your cakes, you can make cookies with one hand tied behind your back.

Elyn said...

Thank you for sharing such a lovely recipe! It's really good and addictive!

nasreen said...

They look delicious! Can I make them in the microwave?

Elaine Li said...

In your note you say I can add butter...how much butter can I add

Elaine Li said...

I must be blind...I saw it now...lol

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