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Cashew-Caramel Cookies

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If you're nuts for nuts, salted cashews -- both ground into a butter and chopped -- give caramel-drizzled cookies deep flavor.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, March 2005
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  • CBaragona2
    25 NOV, 2015
    Help...Making these now and the dough will not form a ball! What went wrong?
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  • MS12014586
    2 OCT, 2010
    Any time I have a recipe that calls for making caramel, I pull out the trusty ice cream jarred stuff. No mess, the cost is less, and the taste is PERFECT to add to any recipe. My grandma did this in her later years, and she was a fantastic baker/cook.
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  • IstanbulDelight
    6 APR, 2010
    I l live in Turkey and cannot buy candy caramels. Instead, I just melted sugar and made a real caramel, then added a dollop of cream. It turned out fabulously. The caramel hardened immediately, and added a wonderful crunch to the cookie. I cannot know for sure, but I presume that making a real caramel is more delicious than using store-bought, waxy caramels. The caramel brought these cookies to another level, and definitely increased their flavor profile. These cookies are decadent!
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  • janellekristine
    10 MAR, 2010
    I made these this weekend, and like smd1227, I used macadamias instead of cashews and Y.U.M! My hubby thinks these are THE BEST cookies he has EVER eaten! I made a few changes/additions though.. melted butter instead of oil for the nut butter, and I added chopped caramels and white chocolate chunks. Holy mo, this one's a keeper!
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  • janellekristine
    10 MAR, 2010
    I made these this weekend, and like smd1227, I used macadamias instead of cashews and Y.U.M! My hubby thinks these are THE BEST cookies he has EVER eaten! I made a few changes/additions though.. melted butter instead of oil for the nut butter, and I added chopped caramels and white chocolate chunks. Holy mo, this one's a keeper!
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  • AndreaRobin
    5 MAR, 2010
    these cookies sound soooo good, but I don't really love caramel. Are they rich and tasty enough to make them without the caramel? They sure sound it. I think I will give it a try. Cashews are the only nut that my son is not allergic to, so Im always happy for a cashew recipe that sounds so good.
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  • smd1227
    5 MAR, 2010
    Well, I didn't have any cashews, but had just received a shipment of salted macadamias from my daughter-in-law in Hawaii, so I substituted. Holy mackerel, they were out of this world. I'm thinking I like the macadamias better than the cashews. I hope someone else tries them and lets me know.
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  • solberhl
    12 MAY, 2009
    These are super yummy. It would cost you way more to buy ones like this in the store than it did to make them!
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  • krjohns
    7 MAR, 2009
    I just made these cookies and they are utterly fantastic!!! Seriously, you cannot eat just one...or two...or three. If you're on a diet, don't even tempt yourself with these suckers. They are what I call a high maintance cookie but totally worth it. To comment on another review, if you let the caramel sit for about 20 minutes, it does harden up. Also just pop them into the fridge too.
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  • BurningDinner
    6 NOV, 2008
    We made these every year for the past two, and they are our faves! Rich? You bet! One cookie a year will NOT be too much, and they are a welcome treat with a cup of tea on a special night. I stock up on cashew pieces when they go on sale, and buy carmels after Halloween, it keeps the cost way down. Why not give it a try before brushing it off?
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