Cashew Butter Cookies

by Jenn on July 8, 2010

in Desserts,Tastes

PAG_0891cookies

I’m not sharing a recipe with you today.  I’m sharing an idea, and that idea is cashew butter.  Ok, so it’s not an idea, it’s an ingredient.  I’m not sharing with you a recipe because this is one I want to adapt to be gluten free first.  This is my dad’s grandmother’s peanut butter cookie recipe, and it’s totally glutenicious.  I’m pretty sure that’s one of the main reasons why these are so delectably soft compared to traditional flourless peanut butter cookies, and I want to be able to present to you the same quality of awesomeness that comes with the original recipe.

The last time I made similar cookies (Almond Butter Cookies) I got lucky when I added in flour and they happened to work.  This time I don’t want to get lucky.  I want to get it right and know exactly why it works.  And when I do I will share with you her secret family recipe, GF style :)

I want to talk to you about cashew butter.  I personally love it for its subtlety.  While cashews are very much a distinct tasting tree nut, ground up as a butter their flavor mellows and melts into whatever you make.  It was an easy swap to take such a classic family recipe and switch out the peanut butter for cashew butter, and I have to say that the result was a definite improvement upon perfection.  If you didn’t know better, it might be a bit difficult to place the flavor of these cookies as being specifically cashews, but it would surely be easy for you to recognize a depth and richness to their taste – and with their famously (well amongst my family) soft texture, well, let’s just say you might not look at other cookies the same way again :)

So instead of a recipe, I leave with you a challenge.  A challenge to experiment.  One of my favorite gluten free blogging friends, Aubree of Living Free, first introduced me to the concept of cashew butter back when she hosted it as the Blogger Secret Ingredient one week, and I’ve been meaning to use it ever since.  While I was home visiting my parents, I took advantage of my short time with them to try something risky and take a little gamble.  Luckily, my dad was immediately on board with the idea, and executed the masterful batch of cookies you see above.  Now you must understand that altering such a long-standing family favorite recipe is a big deal.  There’s a lot of value placed in such traditions where I come from.  But for the sake of enjoying the taste of cashew butter in a sweet melt-in-your-mouth, feel-like-you’ve-died-and-gone-to-heaven cookie?  It was so worth it.

I just can’t wait to work on making this gluten free, and then share it with you!  But hey, while you’re waiting, go get some cashew butter, and sub it in your favorite peanut butter cookie recipe.  Trust me, you won’t be disappointed :)

{ 40 comments }

Shree July 8, 2010 at 11:13 pm

ooh I actually love cashew butter. These type of cookies are very popular in India.

Jenn July 9, 2010 at 8:41 pm

Oh really – that’s very interesting, I had no idea!

Rosa July 8, 2010 at 11:40 pm

Oh, those must be divine! What gorgeous cookies. I am addicted to cashew nuts…

Cheers,

Rosa

Jenn July 9, 2010 at 8:41 pm

Mmm cashew nuts are some of my favorites too :)

Rosa July 8, 2010 at 11:40 pm

Oh, those must be divine! What gorgeous cookies. I am addicted to cashew nuts…

Cheers,

Rosa

Christine July 9, 2010 at 3:47 am

I love cashews and cashew butter. I am usually very hesitant to buy it because I will sit and eat it out of the jar with a spoon until it’s all gone. So, for the sake of my waistline, I try not to get it. 😉

Jenn July 9, 2010 at 8:41 pm

haha – I totally understand! These did not last long!

Stacy July 9, 2010 at 10:14 am

My next co-op order has cashews coming. There may be some cookies in my future…

Jenn July 9, 2010 at 8:41 pm

oh yay!

Stacy July 9, 2010 at 10:14 am

My next co-op order has cashews coming. There may be some cookies in my future…

Cherine July 9, 2010 at 10:30 am

Gorgeous cookies. They’re addictive I bet!

Jenn July 9, 2010 at 8:42 pm

Yes, they are quite addictive!

Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite July 9, 2010 at 2:48 pm

I am a very big fan of cashew butter – when we were doing a quite strict cleanse diet a while ago (no alcohol, no sugar, no dairy, no meat – no fun!) we were allowed these type of cookies sweetened naturally and I quickly became addicted!!! Can’t wait until you share the recipe!

Jenn July 10, 2010 at 11:29 am

wow that does sound really strict!! I’m making these again this week, hopefully with good GF results!

Ellen @ I Am Gluten Free July 9, 2010 at 3:29 pm

Are you making your own cashew butter? Or buying it? Would love to know if you’re making it and if so, could you give us a heads up as to your method? Thanks! Can’t wait to see the cookies!

Jenn July 10, 2010 at 11:30 am

This time no, I purchased it…. I was with my parents and their puppy ate the cord off of the food processor!

penny aka jeroxie July 9, 2010 at 3:48 pm

I made some chestnut butter recently and it was super delicious!

Jenn July 10, 2010 at 11:31 am

oh that sounds divine! Then you can make some crème de marrons…. mmmmm!

GFree_Miel July 9, 2010 at 8:09 pm

I love cashews! Yum!
Can’t wait for the recipe. I’m sure it’ll be great! =D

Jenn July 10, 2010 at 11:31 am

Thanks! Hopefully I’ll be able to share it soon!

Magic of Spice July 10, 2010 at 5:21 am

These sound wonderful. I love different nut butters:)

Jenn July 10, 2010 at 11:31 am

Thank you!

Jenn July 10, 2010 at 11:29 am

wow that does sound really strict!! I’m making these again this week, hopefully with good GF results!

Chef Dennis July 10, 2010 at 12:58 pm

Congrats on the top 9!! and cashew butter sounds like a great twist on peanut butter cookies….and yours look incredible!!

Jenn July 10, 2010 at 3:17 pm

Thank you so much!

Chef Dennis July 10, 2010 at 12:58 pm

Congrats on the top 9!! and cashew butter sounds like a great twist on peanut butter cookies….and yours look incredible!!

Jenn July 10, 2010 at 3:17 pm

Thank you so much!

Moody Food Reviews July 10, 2010 at 10:36 pm

I love cashews, unfortunately, my son is allergic to them! Does sound like it would be yummy.:)

Jenn July 11, 2010 at 5:02 pm

Oh no! What about almonds? I’ve made cookies substituting almond butter for peanut before and that’s worked really well too …

Moody Food Reviews July 10, 2010 at 10:36 pm

I love cashews, unfortunately, my son is allergic to them! Does sound like it would be yummy.:)

Jenn July 11, 2010 at 5:02 pm

Oh no! What about almonds? I’ve made cookies substituting almond butter for peanut before and that’s worked really well too …

Aubree Cherie July 12, 2010 at 2:49 am

Ooo, can’t wait to see your gluten free version! They look REALLY good… you realize now that you’ve dangled this carrot (er, cashew nut butter cookies) you’re going to have to follow through right? Just kidding 😛

And thanks for the shout out! Very cool :)

~Aubree Cherie

Jenn July 12, 2010 at 9:49 am

Haha yes I know I have :) Don’t worry I’m going to be working on them this week!

Aubree Cherie July 12, 2010 at 2:49 am

Ooo, can’t wait to see your gluten free version! They look REALLY good… you realize now that you’ve dangled this carrot (er, cashew nut butter cookies) you’re going to have to follow through right? Just kidding 😛

And thanks for the shout out! Very cool :)

~Aubree Cherie

Jenn July 12, 2010 at 9:49 am

Haha yes I know I have :) Don’t worry I’m going to be working on them this week!

Joy July 14, 2010 at 7:36 pm

That looks wonderful. I never used cashew butter before. I can’t wait to try it.

Jenn July 14, 2010 at 10:44 pm

Thanks! Cashew butter is an easy sub for peanut butter, and I think it brings a great flavor!

Joy July 14, 2010 at 7:36 pm

That looks wonderful. I never used cashew butter before. I can’t wait to try it.

Jenn July 14, 2010 at 10:44 pm

Thanks! Cashew butter is an easy sub for peanut butter, and I think it brings a great flavor!

ATasteOfMadness February 28, 2012 at 6:04 am

I’m in LOVE with cashews, but I’ve never thought about actually putting them inside a cookie. That’s genius, I’m definitely going to be making these soon!

Comments on this entry are closed.

Previous post:

Next post: