If you're nuts for nuts, salted cashews -- both ground into a butter and chopped -- give caramel-drizzled cookies deep flavor.
- 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 1/2 cups roasted salted cashews
- 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon canola oil
- 1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
- 3/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 24 cubes soft caramel candy (7 ounces)
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift flour and salt together. Coarsely chop 1 cup cashews; set aside. Process remaining 1 1/2 cups cashews in a food processor until finely chopped. Pour in oil. Process until mixture is creamy, about 2 minutes.
Put cashew mixture, butter, and sugars in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; mix on medium speed until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Mix in egg and vanilla. Reduce speed to low; gradually add flour mixture. Mix in reserved chopped cashews.
Shape dough into 1 1/2-inch balls; space 2 inches apart on 2 parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake 6 minutes; gently flatten with a spatula. Bake until bottoms are just golden, 6 to 7 minutes more. Let cool completely on sheets on wire racks.
Melt caramels with cream in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring. Let cool. Using a spoon, drizzle caramel over cookies; let set. Store airtight in single layers.