Cashew Oatmeal Cookies

Yummy old-fashioned oatmeal cookies laced with salty cashews – this is a great twist to a favourite classic cookie!

What is more classic than Oatmeal Cookies? They just make you feel comfy, secure, snug – almost takes you back to your childhood years – right? Warm batch of cookies waiting for you when you got home from school…. Hmmmmmm. I L-O-V-E these cookies. Try this recipe – it's a bit off the wall but I am sure you'll love it.

1/2 cup butter OR vegetable oil
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. vanilla essence
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 egg
2 cups rolled oats – the old fashioned kind that need cooking – not the instant kind
2 cups salted cashews broken into pieces
1 tsp. extra fine salt (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 180C (350F)

2. Beat the butter (or oil), sugar, baking powder, vanilla, cinnamon and egg together.

3. Run the rolled oats in your food process for 30 seconds.

4. Mix the oats and cashews in with the egg and mixture.

5. Drop the cookie mixture by spoonfuls onto a prepared cookie sheet. I like using a silicone cookie sheet or you can use a greased sheet or baking sheets lines with parchment paper – whatever works for you.

6. Sprinkle a very light dusting of extra fine salt (optional) over each cookie. (sounds weird but it's good – try it…)

7. Using the tines of a fork or your fingers, press each cookie down.

8. Bake 12-15 minutes. After the first 10 minutes, watch carefully so that the cookies don't burn.

Variations to this recipe:
1. Swap pecans for the cashews. Don't sprinkle the salt on top. Add 1 mashed banana, 1/2 cup craisins (cranberry raisins) 1/2 cup whole wheat flour.(The flour makes the batter loose so you need the extra flour to compensate)

2. Swap walnuts for the cashews. Don't sprinkle the salt on top. Add 1/2 cup chocolate chips and 1/2 cup raisins.

3. Replace the brown sugar with maple syrup.

4. Cut down on the cashews, add sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds

Whatever you do, it'll still be YUMMY!

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