White Chocolate Cashew Cookies

Hi, end of the semester. Fall 2011, you and I have had some good and bad times. Remember how you shoved 19 semester hours down my throat and laughed at me while I tried to have a social life? That wasn’t very nice.

However, I was able to sneak in some pretty epic parties and you didn’t stop me. I appreciate that. Between birthdays, country bars, tailgating and good old fashioned weekend fun, I must say that this semester has been different than the norm.

As I leave you, it’s bittersweet. One of my favorite people in the world is leaving us [not forever; that sounds terrible. Just to another state. Yee-haw] and it’s one step closer to the real world. However, I feel that next semester will be filled with lots of cooking and exercising and… cro – wait for it – cheting.

Yes, my roommate and I are taking a “Burst the Bubble” class over Winter Term that teaches crocheting. Hellooooooo hobby. I love to crochet. I also love to read and cycle and cook and watch movies on Friday nights. Basically, I’m an old lady. Did I mention I like cats? Maybe I shouldn’t have said that… Anyway, I think that the toughness and challenges of you, Fall 2011, will leave me more prepared for the future. That is especially true if I come in contact with a killer, because between my ever growing guns [read: arms] and the tricks I’ve picked up from my friend in Self Defense class, I will make it out alive. Heck. Yes.

Happy early birthday, Dad! I made these for my dad because my mom went to New York for a few days and let’s just say he won’t see anything home cooked until she gets back. These were adapted from a white chocolate macadamia nut cookie, but my dad loves cashews and where the heck do you find macadamia nuts?

White Chocolate Cashew Cookies
Adapted from Whipped

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup granular sugar
1/4 cup and 2 tbsp light brown sugar, packed
1 tsp vanilla
Dash salt
1 egg
1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
5 oz white chocolate chips
1/2 cup cashew pieces (halves and pieces)

1. Heat over to 375° F.
2. Beat butter, white and brown sugar, vanilla and salt with hand mixer in a medium sized bowl.
3. Gradually add flour and baking soda.
4. Stir in nuts and chocolate.
5. Spray cookie sheet with Pam.
6. Make cookie dough balls by rolling them in your hands and put on cookie sheet.
7. Bake 8-12 minutes.


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