"I just love nuts, especially cashews! So, about 15 years ago I started experimenting with making a cashew cookie based on the Betty Crocker® peanut butter cookie recipe. Over time, I have become gluten-free, so I've also tried a variety of gf flours. Finally, I meet with success! This is a moist cookie that holds up to dunking in tea or coffee with a nutty, light, mildly sweet flavor that is a bit exotic. Make these for afternoon tea parties or pull some out for surprise guests."
Place cashews, 1 tablespoon peanut oil, and 1 teaspoon water in a food processor or blender; pulse until cashews are ground. Add 1 tablespoon water to cashew mixture and pulse until a thick and chunky paste starts to form. Add remaining 1 tablespoon water and 1 teaspoon peanut oil to mixture and pulse until desired consistency is reached. Measure 1/2 cup cashew butter and store remaining cashew butter in a container in the refrigerator for another use.
Mix brown sugar, white sugar, cashew butter, coconut oil, butter, and egg in a large bowl. Combine quinoa flour, baking soda, xanthan gum, cardamom, and mace in a separate bowl; pour into sugar mixture and mix until dough easily forms into a ball. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate dough for 1 1/2 hours.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
Spread coconut flakes into a shallow bowl. Form cookie dough into small round balls using a spring-loaded scoop. Roll each cookie dough ball in the coconut and arrange on a baking sheet. Press each ball with a fork dipped in quinoa flour, making a criss-cross pattern.
Bake in the preheated oven until cookies are lightly browned on the edges, about 8 minutes. Cool cookies on the baking sheet for 2 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
For a little added kick, roll balls in cinnamon, preferably a spicy variation like Saigon or Korjinte, before rolling in coconut.
The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount for the cashew butter and coconut flakes. The actual amount of cashew butter consumed is only 1/2 cup and the amount of coconut consumed will vary.
Per Serving: 425 calories;32.3 g fat;
30.3 g carbohydrates;
7.6 g protein;
26 mg cholesterol;
247 mg sodium.