Lea's Cashew Nut Cookies

Cashew-CookiesYears ago when my son was a toddler, I was fortunate to be a stay-at-home mom. My visits with other moms as our children enjoyed a play date were special occasions for the children as well as a time of building friendships of my own. It was also early marriage for most of us and we constantly shared recipes with one another making our little recipe boxes grow to bursting. These were the recipes our children would remember as a part of their every day life growing up. Cashew Nut Cookies is one of those recipes I traded for during those years and it became a Christmas tradition at our home. It’s a slightly sweet cookie with an icing that adds just a little more sweetness. Its lack of intense sweetness is probably the primary reason we have enjoyed it for years during the holidays.


½ cup margarine

1 cup brown sugar

1 egg

½ teaspoon vanilla

2 cups sifted flour

¾ teaspoon baking soda

¾ teaspoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon nutmeg

½ teaspoon cinnamon

1/3 cup sour cream

1 cup salted cashew nuts


Cream butter and sugar. Add egg and vanilla; beat well. Sift together dry ingredients; add to creamed mixture alternately with sour cream. Stir in nuts. Drop from teaspoon 2” apart on greased cookie sheet.

Bake at 400 degrees 8-10 minutes or till lightly browned. Remove at once from pan and cool. Frost with Golden Butter Frosting.

Golden Butter Frosting

Heat and stir 3 tablespoons butter till browned. Slowly beat in 2 cups sifted confectioner’s sugar, 2 tablespoons milk, and 1 teaspoon vanilla.

Makes about 3 ½ dozen cookies.

Best wishes for an enjoyable holiday season!

– Lea Hensley


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12/22/2012 10:12 am

This sounds like an interesting recipe. I like cashews a great deal and have never seen them in cookies.

12/21/2012 10:34 pm

It looks quite pretty!

12/21/2012 9:23 pm

This sounds good. I am not really a peanut or cashew nut person, but I might make an exception for this cookie

Lea Hensley
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12/22/2012 11:27 am

I don’t care for nuts in much of anything (other than in breads or pecan pie or almonds in some sort of entree) but cashews work here for me.