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Toffee Cashew Cookies

March 4, 2012 by Bake Up, Little Suzy

Cookies and Milk

Every year for as long as I can remember, Mom and I make a trip out to Shakopee to get our nerd on at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. No, we don’t dress up in corsets and snoods, but we thoroughly enjoy the brave souls who do.

As soon as we arrive, we make a careful plan for the day. We see all our favorite acts – the Elizabethan Syngers (yes, with a Y), the Fandazzi Fire-Eaters, and the dulcimer player Mom has a crush on – and in between performances we admire the lovingly-crafted artisan wares. Then we eat tempura veggies and sip cheap red wine from ye olde plastic cups.

At the end of the day, when we’re full and tired and covered in dust, we make a final stop to buy a treat for the road at my very favorite booth, The King’s Nuts (ba-dum ching). As much as I enjoy Pearson’s classic salted nut roll, the pre-made treat languishing in a vending machine for who-knows-how-long simply can’t compete with the King’s fresh, handmade confection – tender nougat dipped in soft caramel and rolled in salty-sweet cashews.

One recent snowy afternoon, I was dreaming of sunny days at Ren Fest, when I was overwhelmed by a craving for the King’s sweet, tender, salty nuts. Why are you snickering?


I was considering a run to the gas station for a candy bar, when I remembered the toffee chips and cashews in the pantry. An hour later, I was pulling crispy-chewy cookies from the oven. I folded a warm cookie in half in my hands, and it broke along the  curvy salted borders of the cashews. The sticky toffee bits fought to keep the two halves together.

Craving satisfied; crisis averted.

Continue reading for the Toffee Cashew Cookies recipe

5.0 from 3 reviews

Toffee Cashew Cookies
Recipe type: Dessert
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Servings: makes 4 dozen cookies
Crispy around the edges, chewy in the middle, with sweet toffee nuggets and salty cashews.
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons hot water
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1⅓ cup toffee pieces
  • 1 cup cashew halves and pieces
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Cream together the butter and sugars until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Dissolve the baking soda in hot water and add to batter along with salt. Stir in the flour, toffee pieces, and nuts. Drop by spoonfuls onto ungreased pans.
  3. Bake for about 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges are nicely browned.
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  1. Kitty says:

    Oh my, I would love to have one of these right now! They sound divine!!

  2. There’s simply NOTHING better than a warm cookie from the oven. I am wild about cashews and toffee and would devour these cookies in no time. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Jenn says:

    Sounds delicious! I love everything with toffee.

  4. These look SO good. Toffee and cashews? Awesome flavors together. Yum!

  5. cindy says:

    Sounds like a fun day! The cookies look delicious.

  6. Winnie says:

    I love cashew and I usually have it at home.
    Your cookies look wonderful – the kind of cookies that I find hard to stop eating

  7. Lisa says:

    Another wonderful recipe! My husband loves cashew’s so this will be a hit! Please stop over and share at Mix it up Monday:

    I hope to see you soon :)

  8. Thank you so much for linking to Must Try Monday! My hubby loves toffee, so I know he’ll love these. Thank you so much!

  9. These sound great! My hubby loves anything with toffee :-) Would love for you to link up at my party: party is on now!
    Have a gerat night!

  10. NanAppetit says:

    Those look good! I pinned them.

  11. Lindy@ItsyBitsyPaper says:

    Wow do these sound amazing! Two of my favorites–cashews and toffee. Pinned it for a future feature on Cookie Time Tuesday on my blog. Thank you for sharing.

  12. Everything is better with cashews. Never tried them in a cookie, but definitely will. This sounds great!

  13. Jina says:

    Oh man, these look fabulous!! Saw your photo on Sweetology and suddenly got hungry for something sweet! Bet these would be the highlight of any gathering!! Thanks for the recipe! Jina

  14. Oh my goodness, these look delicious!

  15. Kim says:

    Mmmm! These sound like a perfect combo of texture and flavor!

    Visiting from Something Swanky

  16. Iska says:

    I bet they’re yummy! They look delish :-)

  17. These cookies look awesome, toffee and cashews make for a delicious combo!

  18. Audrey says:

    These look so good! I can’t wait to try them!

  19. Miz Helen says:

    Toffee and Cashew as a combination is going to be a big hit here with this crew at The Cottage. We are going to love this cookie! Hope you are having a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Happy St. Patrick’s Day and Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  20. Bake Up, Little Suzy says:

    Thanks for your kind words, folks! I hope you love these cookies as much as I do.

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  22. Lindy@ItsyBitsyPaper says:

    I just wanted to let you know these cookies were so yummy. I am featuring the recipe on Cookie Time Tuesday tomorrow so I hope you can stop by and check it out.

    I do have one quick question: Mine turned out really flat despite following the recipe exactly. Any suggestions as to why? Yours turned out so perfect and puffy but mine just flattened. It hasn’t stopped anyone from eating them but I wish they were a bit fuller. Just curious :)

    • Bake Up, Little Suzy says:

      Oh, thanks, Lindy! I’m so glad you enjoyed the cookies, and thank you for featuring them.

      There are a few things you can do to avoid flat cookies: 1. use butter that’s room-temperature but not too soft and melty; 2. don’t cream the butter and sugar too long (just until it’s combined and creamy); 3. use bleached flour instead of unbleached (it has a lower protein content, so there’s more liquid available to steam and puff up the cookies); 4. if all else fails, chill the dough in the fridge after forming the cookies before you bake them.

      I hope this helps!

  23. Marco says:

    just made these … delicious …I also put a a cashew on top of the cookie and drizzled with chocolate … Awesome … thanks for recipe

  24. Cathy Wallace says:

    Hello. These sound awesome. How many cookies does it make?

  25. Audrey Voeller says:

    There’s just something special about homemade cookies, especially chocolate chip cookies, so far as I’m concerned. It’s a great family activity, something even children can help with, and everyone loves eating the results.*

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