Cashews are delicious and versatile. Try them in dishes like cashew chicken, stir-fry, and brittle. Plus, learn how to make your own cashew butter.

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Cashew Chicken

Rating: 3.49 stars 208
Cooking popular take-out dishes like this one at home means you can control the quality of the ingredients, making them far healthier.

Spiced Cashew Cream with Fruit

Rating: 4.5 stars 4
This cashew mash is slightly sweetened; dip with your favorite fruit.

No-Bake Cashew Brittle Bars

Rating: 3.16 stars 19
In these crunchy, salty-sweet no-bake bars, a touch of molasses enhances the natural sweetness of cashews, oats, and cinnamon and lends a rich taste to the crisp caramel base.

Cashew Butter Cookies

Rating: 3.06 stars 67
Rich cookies become richer with cashew butter. Cookies can be baked so they are either soft or crisp.

Indian-Spiced Cashew-Lime Cookies

Brightly colored spice mixes and candy-coated seeds are offered after dinner in many Indian restaurants. We used a mix called red mukhwas to garnish our cube-shaped spice cookies. Look for mukhwas and similar blends at Indian markets. Colored sprinkles and nonpareils can be substituted.

Spiced Ginger Cashews

Rating: 4 stars 6
Want to really spice things up? Make these simple roasted cashews with sugar, ground sugar, and cayenne pepper. A frothy egg white helps the spices to stick the nuts and create an irresistable crunch. Serve warm on a charcuterie board or with drinks for an at-home happy hour.

Cashew Shrimp

Oyster sauce, garlic, and ginger deliver big flavor to succulent sautéed shrimp in this speedy takeout-inspired supper. Roasted cashews and sliced celery add a pleasing crunch.

Cashew-Chickpea Salad with Cabbage Slaw

Along with being just plain delicious, this healthy salad is a lesson in synergy: when vitamin C–rich fruits like mandarin oranges and strawberries are eaten with greens and nuts, they help to make the iron in the latter ingredients more bioavailable. 

Vegan Chocolate Pudding

Here's a festive treat for your vegan guests that requires no cooking at all! It's rich and silky-smooth, but the creaminess in this dairy-free pudding comes from cashews, not custard. 

Crunchy Ramen Snack Mix

Rating: 3.11 stars 82
This spicy snack mix features toasted ramen noodles, nuts, cornflakes and freeze-dried peas.

Tofu and Broccoli Stir Fry

Rating: 3.36 stars 121
This vegetarian, broccoli tofu stir-fry is delicious over brown rice or noodles.

Cashew-Chicken Kebabs

To make the sauce for these Thai-inspired kebabs, simply pulse cashews and curry paste together with water. Consider using other nuts, too, like peanuts or almonds for future dinners.

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Spicy and Crunchy, Salty and Sweet: Our Crowd-Pleasing Snack Mixes Can't Be Beat
Great for gatherings, snack mixes blend flavors and textures in an easy-to-grab offering. Most can be prepped in advance and tossed in a bowl when it's time to party.
Spiced Cashew-Coconut Brittle
Rating: Unrated 2
Flavored with black pepper, cinnamon, and coconut, this cashew brittle shatters lightly when you bite into it, thanks to baking soda, which unleashes tiny air bubbles as it cooks. It's also open to improvisation: You can swap in popcorn and peanuts, dip it in tempered chocolate, or sprinkle it with flaky sea salt.
Crunchy Caramel Corn
Rating: 3.18 stars

Skip the movie theater and still indulge your kids' popcorn cravings -- this extra-crunchy version (with some sweetness) will make them applaud right at home.