You most likely know how stern and cold Zavala presents himself. It wasn't until I celebrated my first Dawning at the Tower that I learned how kind-hearted he can be. I was making a batch of these cookies when he stopped by to tell me a joke. It was quite an awkward retelling, and frankly I cant remember the punch line, but he seemed so much more. . . relaxed after that.
Since then, I make sure to whip up a batch of these for him every year.

Ingredients :

  1. 3/4 cup plus 1/3 cup whole cashews, divided
  2. 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  3. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  4. 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  5. 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  6. 3/4 cup sugar
  7. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 
  8. 1egg white

Instructions :

  1. Place 3/4 cup of the whole cashews on a baking sheet. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the nuts have browned. Transfer to a food processor, and grind until fine.
  2. Combine the ground cashews, flour, salt, and baking powder ina small bowl. Cream the butter in a large bowl, and mix until smooth. Add the sugar, and mix until well incorporated. Add the vanilla extract and egg white.
  3. Add the flour mixture in two batches, until just combined. Place a sheet of plastic wrap on a counter, and transfer the dough on top. Lightly press the dough into a square shape, and then wrap. Use a rolling pin to flatten the dough. Place in the freezer for 10 minutes.
  4. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper. Remove the dough from the freezer and plastic wrap onto a lightly floured counter. Lightly place the plastic wrap on top of the dough, and roll out the dough untilitis % inch thick. Use a 2-inch-round cookie cutter and cut out cookies. Transfer the cut cookies to the baking sheet. Split the remaining 1/3 cup whole cashews in half. Press a cashew half into the center of the cookies. Place the baking sheet into the freezer for 10 minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 350°F. Place in the oven and bake for 15 to 18 minutes, or until golden brown.

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