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Salted Cashew Crunch Cookies

A short list of ingredients and a super easy prep make these Salted Cashew Crunch Cookies a favorite!

Salted Cashew Crunch Cookies on an orange-rimmed plate

Considering how much I like cashews, there is a distinct lack of cashew-containing recipes here at BoB. They just seem to be a less prevalent choice for a baking add-in than other nuts. But if you’re ever going to bake with cashews, I highly encourage you to bake these Salted Cashew Crunch Cookies.

These simple cookies are made with a short list of ingredients and an impressively easy preparation. You just need one mixing bowl for these little guys. Just mix, portion, and bake!

Salted Cashew Crunch Cookies served on an orange-rimmed plate

Ground oats stand in for the usual flour here, giving the cookies a flavor and texture that’s a little off the beaten cookie path. The dough is not like a traditional cookie dough. It’s a little looser and crumblier. But if you’ve measured accurately, then all will be well. If you have a kitchen scale, I encourage you to use it. Otherwise, make sure to spoon your ingredients into measuring cups and level the top.

For those of you who like sweet and salty combinations, these cookies are definitely for you. That being said, you can certainly use unsalted cashews if you want to cut down on the saltiness. Sometimes I use a mixture of salted and unsalted, and they work just fine. You can also opt to skip the sprinkle of salt on top of the cookies, but it’s just so good that I hope you’ll give it a try.

Salted Cashew Crunch Cookies scattered on a light beige surface

These Salted Cashew Crunch Cookies are one of those magical cookies that manage to be crunchy, crispy, and chewy at the same time. I usually prefer chewy cookies, but that little bit of crispiness really suits them well. And, of course, all those cashews offer plenty of crunch.

This recipe is a great example of something being greater than the sum of its parts. That short list of ingredients comes together to make a batch of fantastic cookies that are utterly delicious and addicting!

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Salted Cashew Crunch Cookies

Yield about 40 cookies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 29 minutes

Salted Cashew Crunch Cookies are a sweet, salty, crunchy, chewy treat that's so addicting and irresistible!

Salted Cashew Crunch Cookies on an orange-rimmed plate

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (113g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup (150g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups (198g) old-fashioned rolled oats, ground for 30 seconds in a food processor
  • 2 cups (300g) salted cashew pieces or coarsely chopped cashews
  • table or sea salt for topping

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone liners.
  2. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter, sugar, salt, baking powder, vanilla, and egg. Add the oats and mix. Mix in the cashews.
  3. Drop the dough by tablespoonfuls (#50 scoop) onto the prepared pans. Flatten the cookies to about 3/8-inch thick. Sprinkle each with salt.
  4. Bake, one pan at a time, 12-14 minutes, or until light golden brown. Remove from the oven and cool on the baking pans.

Notes

Recipe slightly adapted from King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking.

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  1. I hardly ever see cashews in baking either – I wonder why. These look delicious and very wholesome

  2. I like to sweet / salty combination a lot..expecially when it’s chocolate plus salt..it makes me go crazy ๐Ÿ˜› so thank you very much for this post…they look delicious!
    Have a nice day
    Silvia

  3. They do look so good. And I agree that that sweet/salty combination satisfies the taste buds and makes for a great outcome every time.

  4. They look so wonderful, Jen. I have salted cashew nuts at home and definitely need a recipe for them .;)

  5. I love anything with cashews – and these sound fantastic!

  6. These do look good! Sounds like something my husband would like!

  7. jennifer, I run out of adjectives to describe your treats. Gooey is what always comes to mind. This time maybe chewy and soft which is my favorite kind of cookie texture. Again, you just made me want to bite the screen!

  8. I hardly ever use cashews in baking either, but I love to eat them out of hand. I’ll have to give these cookies a try, they look great!

  9. These look so good. I have never put cashews in anything so I can’t wait to try these.

  10. I love sweet and salty combinations and I really love cashews. These cookies sound perfect for me!

  11. Oh sweet and salty… one of my favorite flavor combos. I bet this is so tasty!

  12. Thanks, everyone, for your always lovely comments!

  13. mmmmmmmmmm….cashews..are sooo good….Great Looking Cookies…. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. These look wonderful! Putting them on my list of things to try on a rainy day…

  15. I’ve wanted to make a batch of salty oatmeal cookies for a while now, but these sound like a good alternative. I even have an unopened can of cashews left over from the cinnamon-cashew brittle I make at Christmas. I may get up and make these cookies right now. They sound great.

  16. Is there really no flour in these cookies? I’ve got no problem with that, of course! The look great, but it was the word “salted” in the title that got me. I love KA recipes.

  17. Thanks, Hendria and caracakes!

    KW, that cinnamon-cashew brittle sounds great. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that before.

    Julie, there really is no flour. A little different, but so good! I’m also a big KA fan.

  18. Hmm… Not a huge fan of cashews, but LOVE the combination of sweet n salty. It’s actually become one of my favorites. Now the husband on the other hand loves cashews, so I should make these *especially* for him (wink, wink.) So what if they happen to be sweet n salty too? Who says I can’t benefit from my own thoughtfulness and efforts…

  19. Sandie, I think benefiting yourself as well as others is just being efficient. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  20. the only other sweet cashew recipes I’ve seen lately have been the salted cashew icecreams appearing on several blogs.. though I can’t remember which ones they were now – they could be easily found through the food blog search tool, I’ m sure.

  21. Hmmm. I have unsalted cashews from Trader Joe’s. I wonder if those would work. Nice close up pic!

  22. I have been reviewing your blog and everything looks so darn good! I am a fan for sure!

  23. Coincidently, I made these yummy little cashew cookies last weekend.

  24. Rachel, that ice cream would be amazing! I’ll have to search for that, for sure.

    RecipeGirl, unsalted cashews should be fine. I use those some times and just add my own salt to them.

    Janna, thanks so much!

    SAWII, thanks for the recipe link. There aren’t that many cashew recipes out there!

  25. We really like sweet & salty.
    I’ll have to try these out.

  26. I’ll take a cashew over a pecan or walnut any day, and those salty cashew cookies look great!

  27. I am looking through your blog and everything look so delicious and sinful . Can’t wait to try some of your great recipe out.

  28. Jane, let me know what you think if you try these.

    Chuck, I would take pecans first, but I leave the walnuts to anyone and everyone else.

    Thanks, Gertrude!

  29. amazing! i need to make these, i have no choice now ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. mmmmmmm soooooooooo good!

  31. Spotted Apron, I hope you like them!

    emma, that says it all! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  32. Tried these with dark chocolate chunks added. Very, very nice. Thanks for posting about them –

  33. Turi, I’m glad you liked them!

  34. Oh, geeze. I have to have these!

  35. Emiline, they are very good. I hope you’ll give them a try!

  36. Just made these this weekend…DELISH!! Perfect combination of sweet and salty. They have all been devoured! Thanks for another winner, Jennifer!!!!!

  37. This recipe looked good, so 36 cookies went into the oven…only about 12 went onto the plate…along with a big bowl of crumbs. there is not enough to hold the oats and cashew bits together. the crumbs taste good but can’t be served. ๐Ÿ™

  38. Just came across this while looking for cashew cookies. They look great! I was just wondering, i dont have oats, will the recipe work with self-raising flour or just all-purpose flour?

  39. They look great! Do you think wheat flour would work in lieu of oatmeal?

    • It’s possible, but I couldn’t say for sure without testing it. If you’re just looking for the same flavors in a traditional cookie made with flour, then I might suggest adapting one of your favorite cookie recipes.

  40. Hi Jennifer, I tried this recipe. I never tried any baking with cashews. Honestly it was a mouth watering too good for any words! It was crunchy, not too sweet and right amount of chewy feeling. I halved the recipe but it was all eaten by an hour. Great recipe. Thank you!

  41. You recipe calls for Old Fashioned Rolled Oats. Can Quick 1-Minutes be used instead?

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