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

Enya Young
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I live in Seattle, Washington and work as a legal assistant. I remember learning to read (comic strips) at a young age and nowadays try to read about 5-6 books a week. I love to travel, especially to Europe, and enjoy exploring smaller towns off the tourist track though London is my favorite city in the world.