There is simply no match to the scent of freshly baked cookies, at times it gets quite difficult to place if it is the vanilla or the butter or the nuts that give off this unmatched aroma. It’s pointless to strain the brain and figure it out!! In all, these cookies are a bliss just waiting to be devoured. Here is a recipe for making a good hearty Cashew butter cookie, whether you want to enjoy them all by yourself with a cup of tea or share it with your kids and friends or the special someone!!
These cookies are intoxicating with a crunchy, buttery, rich and superior flavour. Mind you these are almost addictive, you will end up like Winnie saying “I wasn’t going to eat it, I was just going to taste it”. On that note let’s whip up some cookies.
- All purpose Flour – 200 gms
- Butter – 125 gms
- Sugar – 125 gms (powdered)
- Baking Powder – 1/2 tsp
- Cashew nuts – 1/2 cup (chopped)
- Vanilla Essence – 1/2 tsp
- Water – 2 tbsp
How to Make Cashew Cookies
Take a wide bowl, combine butter and sugar. Using an electric beater or a hand whisk cream the mixture well. Wondering what “creaming” is? It is a process where you mix sugar and butter using a spatula or a whisk, till the mixture doubles in size, gets fluffy and becomes pale-yellow.
Sieve the all-purpose flour and baking powder and keep aside.
Now add the dry ingredients to butter and sugar mixture in batches. Fold it using a spatula. Then add the chopped cashew nuts. After they are well mixed, pinch out small portions, roll them and place it on a tray. Now flatten them out by applying gentle pressure in the center either using your thumb or with the fork.
If you want to give it a defined shape like I have done, take half the amount of the dough mixture, flatten it out on a clean work surface. Don’t forget to smear in some dry flour before you start rolling the cookie dough. Roll it to your desired thickness and cut it with a cookie cutter. Now assemble them on a tray, and place a cashew nut on top of each of the cookie and press lightly.
Now put the tray in a pre-heated oven and bake the cookies for 15 to 20 minutes at 180 degrees centigrade. Keep checking in between, once the cookies turn golden brown take it out of the oven.
Transfer the cookies to a cooling rack and let it cool completely. Once they are cooled totally shift them into air-tight containers.
There can be many variations made to this basic butter cookie batter. You can alternate the measure of cashew nut with choco chips in case of Choco chip cookies. If nuts are your favourite then alternate them with mixed nuts like almonds and walnuts. Saffron cookies can be a splendid choice if you want an authentic Indian touch, all you need to do is add in a dash of cardamom and saffron to the basic dough mixture. Finish them by sprinkling a few strands of saffron and pistachios and pressing them gently.
The aroma carrying the flavours of nuts and butter baking in the oven is so soothing that your palates are already impatient. The cookies are now ready to be enjoyed with your favourite beverage.
When the Cashew nut cookies are ready with the given recipe just bundle them up and put them in your basket… there you have a thoughtful gift!! These homemade cookies carry a special message of love and care as you carry them along when you drop by at your friends or family.
— Recipe and Images Shared by Gayathri Iyer