Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Thanksgiving Cookies III

Cashew-Caramel Cookies with Dried Cherries & homemade caramel candy. Cashews & caramel are definitely a really good pair because these cookies were chewy, subtle in flavor & simply delicious! Although caramel can get a little messy to bake with, it's well worth eating a "candy"-like cookie! I also want to note that I think it's important to pre-toast the cashews to bring forward all its' flavors. I just used the classic chewy cookie base to make these simple cookies. The intensive labor went into the caramel candy!
Cashew-Caramel Cherry Cookies
2 cups + 1/8 cup AP flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt

3/4 cup butter (12 tblspns), melted & cooled
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 egg yolk
2 tsp vanilla extract

3/4 cup cashews, toasted & coarsely chopped
3/4 cup dried cherries
3/4 cup caramel candy, small-sized pieces
  • In medium bowl, whisk together flour, soda & salt.
  • With the mixer on low, combine butter & sugar. Beat in the egg, egg yolk & vanilla. Slowly add flour mixture.
  • Fold in filling (nuts, etc.).
  • Refrigerate dough for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 325F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Measure out dough ~ 45grams each & roll into ball, place on baking sheet. Allow some room for spreading.
  • Baking at 325F for 15 - 17 minutes, until edges turn slightly light brown. Do not overbake for chewy cookies!
  • Allow cookies to cool before removing from the baking sheet. If the caramel has not hardened, stick the baking sheet in the freezer/fridge for a few minutes.
  • Makes 18 - 24 cookies.

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