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Browned Butter Cashew Shortbread Cookies

Browned Butter Cashew Shortbread Cookies

The complex flavors of browned butter are delectable in these tender shortbread cookies.

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1 hr
Prep Time
02 hrs 20 min
Total Time



1 1/2 cups Land O Lakes® Butter

1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup finely chopped cashews


1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1 to 2 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Half & Half


Cashew halves

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Melt butter in 2-quart heavy saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly and watching closely, 7-11 minutes or until butter just begins to turn golden brown. (Butter will get foamy and bubble.) Immediately remove from heat. Pour 1 1/4 cups browned butter into small bowl; pour remaining butter into another bowl. Refrigerate both bowls of browned butter 1 hour or until cool.

  2. STEP 2

    Heat oven to 350°F

  3. STEP 3

    Combine 1 1/4 cups cooled browned butter, brown sugar, 1/2 cup powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla in bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add flour; beat at low speed until well mixed. Stir in chopped cashews.

  4. STEP 4

    Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place 1 inch apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 10-13 minutes or until set. Cool completely.

  5. STEP 5

    Combine remaining browned butter, powdered sugar and vanilla in bowl. Beat at medium speed, adding enough half & half for desired frosting consistency, until smooth. Spread frosting over cooled cookies. Top each with cashew half.

Tip #1

If dough is too soft, refrigerate for 1 hour before shaping and baking cookies.

Nutrition (1 cookie)

100 Calories
6 Fat (g)
15 Cholesterol (mg)
60 Sodium (mg)
10 Carbohydrates (g)
0 Dietary Fiber
1 Protein (g)
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