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Cashew Stars

Prep and Cook Time: about 1 1/4 hours. Notes: These pretty cookies are full of buttery cashews. You can store them airtight for up to 2 days.

Sunset NOVEMBER 2003

  • Yield: Makes about 30 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (1/2 lb.) butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup minced roasted, salted cashews

Preparation

1. In a bowl, with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, and almond extract until smooth. In another bowl, mix flour, baking powder, and salt; stir or beat into butter mixture until well blended. Stir in cashews (if mixture is crumbly, squeeze into a smooth, compact ball).

2. Divide dough in half; flatten each portion into a 1-inch-thick disk. Wrap each disk airtight and freeze until firm, about 20 minutes. On a lightly floured board, with a floured rolling pin, roll dough, a portion at a time, to 3/16 inch thick.

3. With a floured 3-inch star-shaped cutter, cut out cookies (if dough becomes too soft to handle, freeze briefly until firm again). With a wide spatula or your fingers, transfer cookies to buttered or cooking parchment-lined 12- by 15-inch baking sheets, spacing them about 1 inch apart. Gather scraps, pat into a ball, and repeat rolling and cutting.

4. Bake cookies in a 300° oven until golden, 15 to 18 minutes; if baking more than one pan at a time, switch pan positions halfway through baking.

5. With a wide spatula, transfer cookies to racks to cool. If hot cookies start to break, slide a thin spatula under them to release, let stand on sheets to firm up, about 5 minutes, then transfer to racks to cool completely. Dust cookies with remaining 2 tablespoons powdered sugar.

Nutritional analysis is per cookie.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 121
  • Calories from fat: 62%
  • Protein: 1.7g
  • Fat: 8.3g
  • Saturated fat: 4.2g
  • Carbohydrate: 10g
  • Fiber: 0.5g
  • Sodium: 117mg
  • Cholesterol: 17mg
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