Cashew Lemon Cookies airs and graces

(Deutsch) It’s out of the question – the cashew is a total diva. That‘ because its tree spoils it. The cashew doesn’t care for a normal twig so the tree first grows the cashew apple that looks like a small yellow or orange pumpkin. And it is only than that the cashew agrees to grow – on the bottom on of the apple. So basically every cashew has its own apple. This apple isn’t really a fruit – it’s more of a fancy fruit-twig. Seriously, is that worth it? All because the cashew likes drama? Drama, drama, drama, drama.

American Cookies Cashew Lemon (7)

But –as it is with most divas- there is a reason why we still put up with it: it’s relatively low in fat (for a nut), high in protein and magnesium and is said to brighten the mood as it contains tryptophan which we turn into serotonin in our brain. And serotonin is a hormone that makes us happy. And don’t even get me started on the taste – I always pick them out of the nut mix first. Then I am cranky cause I am stuck with the stupid raisins. For today’s cookies the star is the cashew. And…did you hear? Apparently the cashew had a hot affair with a lemon. I present to you my personal favourite of the cookie week: Cashew Lemon Cookies

Make sure to try the other flavours of this week, too: Chocolate Chip, Cranberry Peanut and Chocolate Banana Cookies!

Today is the last day of the raffle – your chance to win:

The cookies are easy to make but if you want to be sure that there is nothing that can go wrong – I prepared three baking mixes for different flavoured cookies. And you can win one of them. All you need is a Facebook-Account. This is how you participate:

  1. You marked the „MainBacken“-site on Facebook as liked
  2. You leave me a comment in the raffle-post telling me your favourite cookie or busicuit flavour

You are also of course welcome to share the post. This is how I get inspiration for new recipes. It’s a masterplan. Ha-Ha. The raffle is on until Sunday, 23rd of August 2015. I’ll use a random-choosing mechanism online to determine who the winners are and will post them on Facebook the day after. They then have a week to e-mail me their address so I can send the mixures to them. And yes, I also ship abroad, this has not influence on your chances, it’s totally random.

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For about 30 Cookies

Let’s make the cookies

  • 350 g flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 250 g butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 100 g sugar (white)
  • 200 g sugar (brown)
  • 1/2 table spoon of salt
  • grated peal of 2 organic lemons (or two packs of store-bought lemon-peal)
  • 150 g crushed cashews

Preheat you oven to 180°C

1.) Mix the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, both kinds of sugar, salt, cashew, lemon peal

2.) Add eggs and butter to the mix and kneal with your hands until you have a well mixed dough

3.) Place grease-proof paper on a tray. Form the dough into little balls (size: slightly smaller than a tennisball) and place them on a tray, leaving enough space inbetween them.

Tip: The balls melt in the oven and this is how the cookie gets its shape. The size of the balls determine the size of the cookies. Makes sense. Wet your hands – it will be easier to roll the dough and it won’t stick. 

4.) Bake the cookies for 12-15 minutes. They are done once the edges are golden brown. In the middle they are still soft and will harden when cooling. Do not lift the cookies up, either slide them off the tray with the baking paper or let them cool on the tray using a second one for the next batch.

American Cookies Chocolate Chip Mainbacken (8)

American Cookies Chocolate Chip Mainbacken (9)

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American Cookies Cashew Lemon (5)

American Cookies Cashew Lemon (7)


You can freeze the unbaked cooking dough.

If you used fresh lemon – freeze the leftover juice to use later. For example to make a Midsommer Lemon cake even more lemony!

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