Saturday, May 16, 2009

Cashew Oat Chews

The Altitude Adjustment Section
I like chocolate dipped pretzels and I like my oatmeal both salty and sweet, so I was pretty excited when I found this salty-sweet cookie recipe in the King Arthur Flour Company Whole Grain Cookbook.

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 large egg
2 cups old fashioned oats, ground for 30 seconds in a food processor
2 cups salted cashew pieces
Salt for topping

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. In the bowl of your electric mixer, combine butter, sugar, salt, baking powder, vanilla, and egg. Beat in ground oats and then cashews. Drop by tablespoons onto sheet pans. Sprinkle top with salt. Using the flat bottom of a glass, flatten out cookies ‘til they are about 3/8 inch thick. Bake for 12-14 minutes turning pans midway through baking to ensure even cooking. Remove from oven and allow them to cool right on the pan. Need I mention a drizzle of chocolate wouldn’t hurt?