Monday, December 10, 2012

Apple Cashew Butter Cookies

History behind this recipe:

My prenatal yoga teacher, who encouraged me to eat apples and cashew butter every day inspired this cookie recipe.  She said our bodies naturally dip in energy at 4pm and this snack is a great pick-me-up!

I found that doing an all nut butter cookie makes for a very stiff batter so when considering cashew cookies, I remembered my yoga teachers advice and decided to combine applesauce with cashew butter for a new cookie recipe!

Apple Cashew Butter Cookies

   1/2 cup sugar
   1/2 cup brown packed sugar
   1/2 cup unsalted butter softened (1 stick)
   1/2 cup Cashew Butter
   1/2 cup Unsweetened Apple Sauce
   1 egg
   1 teaspoon cinnamon
   1 3/4 cups White Wheat Flour
   1/4 cup Flax Seed Flour (optional)
   1 teaspoons baking soda
   1/2 teaspoon salt

Heat oven to 375, bake for 11 minutes.  In large bowl, cream sugar, brown sugar, and butter until fluffy.  Add cashew butter, apple sauce and eggs until smooth.  Add flour, baking soda, and salt.  Use cookie scoop to create small cookie balls, approx. 1" diameter.  Then flatten with a fork in crisscross pattern dipped in confectioner sugar.

Healthier Version
Oatmeal would be a great addition, if you decide to add oatmeal I suggest to swap out the Flax seed flour for 1/2 cup of Oatmeal and omit the crisscross sugar topping for a healthier cookie.

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