Thursday, August 29, 2019

Number One Giant Cashew Cookie

Because everyone deserves to be told they're #1 in somebody's eyes! This giant cookie is made with cashew butter and dotted with mini chocolate chips. Using egg yolks keeps the cookie rich and chewy too - and did I mention its flourless?

I think that the "little guy" doesn't always get the credit and celebration he deserves. Yes, I agree that doctors, firefighters, police officers and the military have difficult jobs, and they deserve respect. However, the supporting staff behind the scenes keep towns and businesses running. I am not going to use this post to tout the lack of recognition that teachers get. Rather, I made this cookie to celebrate a milestone for N - 10 years as a security guard.

Now some people will roll their eyes at this. But the work is hard, boring and thankless - not to mention the strange and ever changing shifts they are subjected to. N has more tenure than the other 3 guards at his site combined, and seeing as he started as a fresh faced 21 year old that's saying something! While his work "gave" him a pin (left on top of a filing cabinet with papers for days before he went in for something unrelated), I wanted to celebrate with him and acknowledge his work... and what better way to say "hooray" than with a big, personalized cookie? To be fair, I also made him and I cake...because cake. The cookie is huge, richly flavoured and perfect to share should you be so inclined, or spread over many snack times with a glass of milk or coffee. It also has blissfully few ingredients and is vegan and gluten free (depending on the chocolate you use). The icing on the top makes the cookie a "special occasion" treat, but if I was making this for myself or kids to share after school I honestly wouldn't bother. 

Also, feel free to use any nut butter you desire - I had the dregs of a jar of cashew butter to use up, but the original used peanut butter and I am eyeing my jar of almond butter to try as well. Just make sure it's a "no-stir" variety to eliminate oil oozing out and making dry, ugly cookies. Not a fan of chocolate? Add sprinkles, nuts, raisins...whatever! It's your cookie!

Number One Giant Cashew Cookie
Adapted from Kirbie Cravings
Makes 1
1/4 cup creamy cashew butter
1/4 cup coconut sugar or brown sugar
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp ground flax seeds
1 tbsp ground chia seeds
3-4 tbsp chopped semisweet chocolate (I used about 75g of a 70% cacao bar)
icing, to decorate if desired
  1. In a bowl, beat together the cashew butter, sugar, baking soda, and ground seeds. Fold in the chocolate. 
  2. Cover and let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  3. Heat oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment or SilPat.
  4. Scoop the dough onto the sheet and lightly flatten into a round.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool for 15 minutes. 
  6. Reduce the oven temperature to 300°F.
  7. Return cookie to oven and bake another 8 minutes, until deep brown and firm. Cool completely on the sheet before frosting if desired.

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