Friday, December 25, 2009

Cashew-Lemon Shortbread Cookies

It's Christmas and one of the many traditions we have is my two girls and I make cookies together.

This year I thought I would try a few new recipes. This one was a huge hit. For sure we will be making them again!

Cashew-Lemon Shortbread Cookies
from Santa's Favorite Cookies 

1/2 cup roasted cashews
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons lemon extract
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
Additional sugar

1. Preheat oven to 325˚F. Place cashews in food processor; process until finely ground. Add butter, sugar, lemon extract and vanilla; process until well blended. Add flour; process using on/off pulses until dough is well blended and begins to form a ball.

2. Shape dough into 1-1/2-inch balls; roll in additional sugar.

Place about 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets; flatten slightly with bottom of glass dipped in sugar.

3. Bake 17 to 19 minutes or just until set and edges are lightly browned. Remove cookies to wire racks to cool completely.

Makes 2 to 2 1/2 dozen cookies