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Honey Cashew Cookies

 

 

Yields:  30-36 cookies            Prep Time:  15 minutes       Total Time:  1 hour

 

Reminiscent of a soft butter cookie due to the richness of cashews, these cookies also have a hint of sweetness from honey and brown sugar.  Between the millet and cashews, these cookies are nutritionally dense, adding protein, manganese, potassium, copper, iron and B vitamins.

 

Ingredients

1 c. cashews (soaked in water for at least 1 hour)

6 T. butter, softened

1/4 c. plus 1 T. honey

1/4 c. brown sugar

1 egg

1 t. vanilla

2 T. ground flaxseed

1 c. whole wheat pastry flour

3/4 c. millet flour

1 t. baking soda

1/2 t. salt

 

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Place cashews, butter, honey, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla in a food processor and pulse until combined.

 

2. In a separate bowl, combine whole wheat flour, millet flour, flaxseed, baking soda and salt.

 

3. Slowly incorporate the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and combine until well mixed. 

 

4. On a silicone mat or parchment paper lined baking sheet, drop dough 1 T. at a time.  Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes.  Let cool on a cooling rack.  Store cookies in an airtight container for 3-4 days, or in the freezer for greater longevity.

 

I made these cookies originally because I needed a cookie I could grab when I “needed” something sweet and didn’t need chocolate (in case this "need" was later at night).  I chose cashews because of their quality essential fats and other minerals.  Because these nuts are buttery in flavor and texture, I was able to reduce the amount of butter that a normal butter cookie would have by quite a bit. 

 

The honey brings a subtle flavor, but does not overpower the light flavor from the cashews.  Although honey is still sugar at the core, it does have a bit more nutrition than simple cane sugar.  There is still some brown sugar involved here, yet the overall sugar content is considerably lower than your traditional butter/sugar cookie, of which this is slightly reminiscent.

 

However, if you do want to add in some extra zing, these would be great with a powdered sugar frosting or even a drizzle of melted chocolate (see, got the chocolate back in there).   I don’t count calories, yet I know these are not light on the caloric side, yet they are also super rich in nutrients.   

 

I have a kiddo who can be picky but loves sweets, so I am on board to give her one or two of these cookies for dessert.  My husband enjoys eating these warm with a glass of milk, and I prefer right out of the freezer.  Enjoy!

 

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