Brown Sugar Cashew Cookies
Brown Sugar Cookies Recipe

Brown Sugar Cashew Cookies

These soft brown sugar drop cookies are studded with cashews and topped with elegant browned butter frosting.

1 hr 10 min
1 hr 45 min



1 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened

1 large Land O Lakes® Egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 teaspoon baking powder

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/3 cup sour cream

1 3/4 cups cashew halves


1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter

2 cups powdered sugar

3 tablespoons milk

1 teaspoon vanilla


Cashew halves, if desired

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Heat oven to 350°F.

  2. STEP 2

    Combine brown sugar and 1/2 cup butter in bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add egg and vanilla; continue beating until well mixed. Add flour, baking powder and baking soda alternately with sour cream, beating at low speed until well mixed. Stir in cashews.

  3. STEP 3

    Drop dough by level tablespoonfuls, 2 inches apart, onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely.

  4. STEP 4

    Melt 1/2 cup butter in heavy 1-quart saucepan over medium heat. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, 4-6 minutes or until butter foams and just starts to turn golden. (Watch closely.) Immediately remove from heat. Pour into medium bowl; cool 5 minutes.

  5. STEP 5

    Add powdered sugar, milk and vanilla; beat until smooth. Frost cooled cookies. Top with cashew half, if desired.


8Fat (mg)
20Cholesterol (mg)
115Sodium (mg)
17Carbohydrates (g)
0Dietary Fiber
2Protein (g)


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  December 15, 2016

I have made these numerous times, with both cashews and pecans. They are delicious either way. The frosting just puts them over the top. Great cookie.

— says Ellen
  August 13, 2016

My mom used to make these, but her recipe for the icing on top is just powdered sugar and water. I just baked a batch of these & made the icing her way. Her recipe is just jotted down on a scrap piece of paper lol. I just searched for "Cashew Cookies" & this is the recipe that came up. I did add 1 cup of white chocolate chips & these are so good! Will definitely use the icing recipe on here next time.

— says Terry
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