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These Cashew Cookies are super easy to make and require no butter. You can easily make the recipe into dairy-free and vegan versions.

chinese cashew cookies

With Chinese New Year around the corner, these Cashew Cookies are the perfect addition to the array of treats for this festive season. They are crispy on the outside, tender, and not too sweet with a hint of savory. You will love the nutty taste of toasted cashews in every bite.

They are also very easy to make and require simple ingredients. These cookies are baked with oil instead of butter, they come out delicious and nutty every time.

chinese cashew cookies

Ingredients You Need

  • Cashews. You need to toast the cashews first before using them in the dough. Toasting cashews will bring out their natural oils so it intensifies the nutty flavor and makes them taste richer and savory. For decorating each cookie, you will need to use raw cashews.
  • All-purpose flour. This is the structure of the cookies.
  • Confectioners’ sugar. Also known as icing sugar or powdered sugar. It sweetens and gives the cookies a tender texture.
  • Milk powder. Add richness. For the dairy-free option, just omit the milk powder.
  • Salt. For taste.
  • Vanilla extract. To enhance the flavor.
  • Vegetable oil. Make sure to use neutral-flavored vegetable oil. Do not use olive oil! 
  • Egg yolk. Brush the top of the cookie with egg yolk for a golden glossy finish. For the egg-free option, just omit the egg yolk.
chinese cashew cookies

How to Make Dairy-Free Cashew Cookies

The only dairy ingredient in this recipe is the milk powder. Therefore, just omit it or change the milk powder to plant-based milk powder for the dairy-free version.

How to Make Vegan Cashew Cookies

To make this recipe vegan, omit the egg wash and the milk powder.

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Cashew Cookies

These Cashew Cookies are super easy to make and require no butter. You can easily make the recipe into dairy-free and vegan versions.
Author: Jaja Bakes
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Chinese
Servings: 35 cookies
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Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (125 gr) roasted cashews
  • 1 cup (125 gr) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (65 gr) confectioners’ sugar, 65 g
  • 1 tbsp milk powder, optional
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (100 gr) vegetable oil

Toppings

  • 18 raw cashews, halved
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 tsp vegetable oil

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 300F/150°C and line a baking pan with parchment paper or silicone mat.
  • Blend roasted cashews in a food processor into a fine powder. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, sift all-purpose flour, confectioners' sugar, milk powder, and salt. Add cashew powder and mix with a spatula until combined.
  • Add vanilla extract and vegetable oil. Mix until the dough forms. If the dough is too crumbly, add more oil until the dough comes together. If the dough is too wet, add more flour.
  • Scoop 1/2 tbsp dough and shape into balls with your hands. Flatten slightly and arrange on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Gently press a cashew half on top of each dough. In a small bowl, mix egg yolk and vegetable oil. Brush the top with egg wash.
  • Bake for 17-20 minutes or until the top of the cookies is golden brown.
  • Transfer the cookies to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Notes

Dairy-free option. Omit the milk powder.
Vegan option. Omit the milk powder and egg wash.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 78kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 19mg | Potassium: 35mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 9IU | Vitamin C: 0.02mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.5mg
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