Cashew Cookies with Brown Butter Frosting

I have a bit of a hoarding issue when it comes to recipes. I have more cookbooks and recipe binders than I have space. And don’t even get me started on the number of recipes I have bookmarked online. One day I’ll get to the whole organizing/purging thing, but for now there are more important things to do like watching Revenge on Hulu and baking Cashew Cookies with Brown Butter Frosting. Seriously though – have you watched Revenge? I’m kind of obsessed – with the show and these cookies.

Cashew Cookies with Brown Butter Frosting were picked up on my radar a few weeks back and of course, they were immediately bookmarked. I’ve always been a big fan of cashews and coupling the salty, crunchy texture of the nuts with soft sour cream cookies and brown butter frosting sounded all kinds of amazing. And indeed they are.

The cookie itself is quite unassuming. They’re soft, slightly sweet with a hint of saltiness – but overall kind of average. However, the minute you slather on a dollop of brown butter frosting, they’re transformed from mundane to magnificent.

In case you were wondering, the nutty sweetness of brown butter frosting is like the perfect frosting match to cashews. I was blown away by the complexity this frosting adds to that unassuming cookie. Try ’em out, I’m sure you’ll agree with me!

Cashew Cookies with Brown Butter Frosting

Yield: 24 cookies

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10-12 minutes


1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/3 cup sour cream
1 cup salted cashews, chopped

For the Frosting

1/2 cup unsalted butter
2 cups powdered sugar
3 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or in a large bowl with an electric mixer, combine brown sugar and 1/2 cup butter. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy; about 2 minutes. Add egg and vanilla; continue beating until well mixed.

3. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder and baking soda. Reduce speed to low. Slowly add in flour mixture alternately with sour cream, until well mixed. Stir in cashews.

4. Using a medium cookie scoop, (1 ½ tablespoons) drop dough 2 inches apart, onto prepared cookie sheets. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Allow cookies to cool on pan for a few minutes before removing them to a wire rack. Cool completely. Prepare the frosting.

5. Melt 1/2 cup butter in heavy 1-quart saucepan over medium heat. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until butter foams and just starts to turn golden brown (4 to 6 minutes). Keep your eye on the pan because the butter can go from brown to burnt in a matter of seconds. Immediately remove from heat. Remove pan from heat, and pour butter into a bowl, leaving any burned sediment behind. Cool butter for 5 minutes.

6. Add powdered sugar, milk and vanilla; beat until smooth. Frost cooled cookies.


Store cookies in an airtight container within the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Remove to room temperature one hour before serving.

My Baking Addiction slightly adapted from Land O Lakes.

54 Responses to “Cashew Cookies with Brown Butter Frosting”

  1. Brian @ A Thought For Food — May 16, 2012 at 6:45 am

    Ok… you are killing my imaginary diet with this recipe. Looks fabulous!


  2. Lauren at Keep It Sweet — May 16, 2012 at 6:52 am

    These cookies look delicious, especially the frosting!!


  3. Blog is the New Black — May 16, 2012 at 7:07 am

    LOVE the idea of adding cashews to cookies. YUM!


  4. These cookies look so delicious on their own and that frosting makes them look extra FABULOUS! Love these!


  5. Kim — May 16, 2012 at 8:03 am

    This frosting, I thonk I’m gonna want to put everywhere if I prepare it!!!! Like these cookies!


  6. Denise @ Creative Kitchen — May 16, 2012 at 8:05 am

    Cashews are one of my very favorite nuts, so why have I never thought of having them in cookies. These look incredible! And I’m always a sucker for icing on cookies.


  7. Cookbook Queen — May 16, 2012 at 8:42 am

    Revenge is absolutely amazing. I got all caught up online and started on live episodes…I hate waiting a whole week!!!

    Love the flavor combo of these cookies!!


  8. Kathryn — May 16, 2012 at 8:45 am

    I made some cashew & white chocolate chip cookies the other week and they were so good – cashews are a much underrated nut in my opinion. Love the combo with that brown butter frosting too.


  9. Oh delightful! People get so focused on peanuts and peanut butter, but switching to another nut base makes everything more interesting.


  10. Karrie at Electra Films — May 16, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Love cashews but never cooked with them … wondering why now!


  11. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — May 16, 2012 at 9:31 am

    I’m so excited Revenge was renewed! I wish I had a batch of these to eat while watching the finale :)


  12. Cassie — May 16, 2012 at 9:33 am

    I have a major issue with recipe hoarding and Pinterest has done nothing to help my issue. And now I’ve added another one. My husband and I are both huge fans of cashews and I know these will be a hit. Plus, nothing beats brown butter. These are brilliant, Jamie!


  13. Meghan — May 16, 2012 at 9:34 am

    I have an obsession with Revenge too!! I can’t believe tonight is the finale, I am kind of freaking out about it.

    These cookies look divine, I can’t wait to try them!


  14. Maria — May 16, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Love the frosting! Great cookie!


  15. Lauren — May 16, 2012 at 9:53 am

    Just made some brown butter frosting….LIFE CHANGING. It’s so good.


  16. janknits — May 16, 2012 at 9:59 am

    These look incredible; but, Jamie–there’s a major flaw; the recipe only makes 24!! LOL. Thanks for another winner. Mmmmmm.


  17. Jennifer {bakeorbreak} — May 16, 2012 at 10:02 am

    I’ve had this same recipe bookmarked for a while, too. Maybe I should move them up on the to-bake list.


  18. Kristen — May 16, 2012 at 10:09 am

    What delicious cookies – my dad loves cashews and I know he’d love these!


  19. Wow….these cookies look nothing short of totally amazing. And, as we all know, brown butter makes everything better :)


  20. Ronnda Stapleton — May 16, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Thank goodness I am not alone in the category of recipe hoarder. My bookmark menu is so

    I must figure out ow to organize it. It literally takes me FOREVER to look for a recipe or get to the bottom of the list. =) I refer to my cookbook collection as art for my pantry because the books look so pretty stacked together. Binders? Well, I have those too over flowing with recipes. And Pinterest, don’t even get me started with that! I am a teacher and summer is almost here, so that means one thing…. bake, bake, baking! I know I have plenty of recipes waiting for me. =) Happy hoarding!


  21. cashew cookies sound like something so different and interesting in cookie world! I’ll definitely be bookmarking these :)


  22. Clarissa — May 16, 2012 at 11:03 am

    I Looooove Revenge. I have to watch last week’s episode on Hulu before the season finale, in two weeks! These cookies also look amazing, brown butter is amazing!!


  23. Stephanie — May 16, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Just bought pistachios so might try this recipe with those instead.. Thanks!


  24. Averie @ Averie Cooks — May 16, 2012 at 11:31 am

    I make all kinds of raw/nobake cookie dough ball style cookies with ground cashews as the flour. They’re so amazing to work with!


  25. ButterYum — May 16, 2012 at 11:41 am

    These cookies sound amazing – pinning!


  26. These cookies look so wonderful, Jamie! Your photos are lovely, too, and I really like the touch of saltiness with the cashews.


  27. Lynna H. — May 16, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Oh, I definitely will try these! I love cashews and I`m sure I will love these cookies too. Especially with brown butter frosting? Totally. ♥


  28. Ann P. — May 16, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    that frosting sounds heavenly!! and cashews are 10 kinds of awesome, so i am a huge fan of these cookies. On the menu for Dad’s day, because my dad would LOVE these as well!


  29. Erin @ Texanerin Baking — May 16, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    The frosting! I need to try this brown butter thing. I’ve had it in cookies but I don’t think it made such a difference. But in frosting? I have to try this. :)


  30. addy — May 16, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    Revenge is such a guilty pleasure for me! Sooo good! And these cookies look awesome – I hoard recipes, too, but I am definitely going to have to make these. The frosting sounds kind of incredible.


  31. Debby Pucci — May 16, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    I love cashews, these sound wonderful. Thank you.


  32. amanda @ fake ginger — May 16, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    Oh goodness, these look perfect! I’m obsessed with cashews and I can’t melt butter without browning it so these are perfect for me! :)


  33. marla — May 16, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    Just came dashing over from Pinterest. These are my kinda cookies! Love the cashews in these and that brown butter frosting!


  34. Becca - Cookie Jar Treats — May 16, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    Mmm. I love chashews! They are one of my favorite nuts! Plus borwn butter frosting. You jusr sealed the deal for me. These look incredible :)


  35. Chrisssy — May 16, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    Man do these look good!! I love anything with browned butter.


  36. Jeff @ Cheeseburger — May 17, 2012 at 2:39 am

    This looks so delicious and will go very well with some milk.


  37. You should see the huge binders of recipes I’ve accumulated over the years. My husband jokes that we aren’t going to live long enough for me to make them all!


  38. My grandma used to make the best peanut cookies and these remind me of them! Although she didn’t use any frosting, I love your idea with the simple frosting!


  39. Leslie @ healthybybalance — May 17, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    These I definitely have to try! I keep raw cashews on hand for all sorts of craziness. Do you think that would work if I just add extra salt?


  40. Ronja — May 17, 2012 at 3:02 pm
  41. Totally making these for my mom, she LOVES cashews!


  42. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — May 17, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    I really don’t get to bake with cashews enough so I will most definitely be trying these out. Oh and that brown butter frosting looks orgasmic!


  43. Lisa {Sweet 2 Eat Baking} — May 17, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    I’m glad I’m not the only one that has a mahoosive book and recipe collection and growing too. My recipe binder has that many recipes in it I don’t even remember which are where and whether they’re actually in there or from a book and if so, which book… *pah*

    The cashew cookies look awesome and that frosting looks to die for. I’m not sure if I made these whether the frosting would actually make it onto the cookies!


  44. Connie the Cookie Monster — May 18, 2012 at 1:54 am

    sooo, ill start my diet tomorrow… :P


  45. Clover — May 18, 2012 at 9:53 am

    I made these yesterday, and they were delish! They turned out perfectly, and the frosting is fab. I Wish I could say the same for the other cookie tried off another blog, but one out of 2 isn’t bad. Wanted to thank you for a recipe that works, and is great.


  46. Paula — May 18, 2012 at 10:12 am

    I’m a huge fan of cashews too and these cookies with that brown butter frosting sound and look delicious.


  47. Weekend Cowgirl — May 20, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    Cashews are my favorite! These sound different so thanks for sharing..


  48. Lauri — May 21, 2012 at 12:28 am

    Never had cashews in a cookie, but they sound great and the frosting really sounds like it enhances the cookies. I too am a cookbook and online recipe hoarder. I have hundreds of Pins and huge bookcase filled with a variety of books.


  49. Cashews are my favorite nut, these cookies sound incredible!


  50. Lauren — June 30, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    Oh yum! Loved these cookies! I made them a few days ago and they are incredible, especially with the browned butter frosting. I made few changes but I did not change the cashews to peanuts because I didn’t have cashews on hand. The salty nuts complement the sweet cookie perfectly, I would also recommend chopping up the nuts with a meat mallet. I also tried this recipe using 1/2 cup chopped nuts and 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips. Yummy!


    • Jamie — July 1, 2012 at 11:06 am

      I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed these cookies, your adaptation sounds delicious! Have a great day.

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