I had just visited my favorite Whole Foods market and picked up these great cashews and oranges , they looked so fresh and tempting I just had to build a chewy but tender cookie around these ingredients . I decided not to over process the cashews giving the nuts some chew , I also decided to zest the orange and squeeze the juice of one half . to hold the cookie together I opted for unsweetened apple sauce , it works best in cookies . The result ? a chewy but tender orange scented cashew cookie !
Photograph by Rahul Mahtani
1/2 cup room temperature butter/ Or Earth Balance , if vegan
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
zest of 1 orange
juice of 1/2 orange mixed with 2 tbs unsweetened apple sauce
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp table salt
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup ground cashews ( I like mine more coarsely ground )
In a mixing bowl of an electric stand mixer place butter and beat with paddle beater just until creamy . Add in sugar . Beat just until combined . Scrape bowl.
Beat in apple sauce plus orange juice mixture , beat to combine . Stir in zest.
In a separate bowl sift all-purpose flour with spices , salt , baking soda and baking powder. With mixer on the lowest setting , fold in flour mixture . DO NOT OVER BEAT . Scrape bowl to be sure all ingredients are incorporated . Cover bowl with plastic wrap and allow the dough to rest , refrigerated for 1 hour.
Prepare 2 baking trays with parchment and preheat oven to 375*F.
Drop dough by rounded tablespoons on to the tray allowing room for spreading .
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
Cool on trays for 5 minutes . Transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.
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