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Old 12-13-2013, 04:16 PM   #1
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Need advice from experienced bakers.

Most thumbprint cookie recipes that I'm acquainted with say to roll the balls of dough in finely chopped pecans.

Well, all I have on hand is tons of roasted cashews. Can they be subtituted? I can't afford to buy 2 cups of pecans right now. Would they perhaps burn more easily or what. Thanks!

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Old 12-13-2013, 04:40 PM   #2
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Daizymae, if the cashews are roasted already, they should be fine. Are they salted? That will take away from the flavour of the cookie and "filling". Otherwise, I think they should be fine. Just make sure they are finely chopped. Walnuts and almonds work well too as long as they are toasted first.

I have made various thumbprint cookies with no nut coating and they turned out great.
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The cashews aren't salted. Many thanks for your opinion, LP. As you can see, I don't know everything there is to know about baking, substitutions, reasons for certain ingredients, etc.
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Old 12-13-2013, 05:12 PM   #4
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I think the cashews would be delicious in cookies.
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Daizymae, that is why we are all here - to help others and learn from each other. Let us know how the cookies turned out!
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Old 12-13-2013, 08:43 PM   #6
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I toss my nuts into my small food processor. I get a more even crumb. I have been known to add some sugar to my ground nuts when the dough is to be rolled in them.
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Old 12-13-2013, 11:15 PM   #7
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Thanx to all of you for your kind comments and advice. I rather like the idea of mixing the crushed nuts with a bit of sugar. I find cashews to be a bit bland compared to pecans and think they will need a bit of help.
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Old 12-13-2013, 11:22 PM   #8
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Daizymae, have you considered making cashew butter? If you have that many cashews, why not throw a bunch in the food processor and make some delicious butter! Just keep pulsing, it will turn nice and smooth, no need for other seasoning.
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Old 12-14-2013, 09:06 AM   #9
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I never thought to add sugar to crushed nuts when rolling dough in them. Tasty idea! Thumbprints are on my list for Christmas cookies to be baked.
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Old 12-14-2013, 09:29 AM   #10
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I would use them.

The thumbprints are also nice rolled in shredded coconut.

If you have a surplus of cashews try your hand at cashew brittle, if you already have the nuts on hand the other ingredients are very inexpensive. Be careful if you try it, get the kids, cats and dogs out of the kitchen. Wear long sleeves, long slacks and shoes! The caramel sauce is very hot and can cause a severe burn. Now that I have scared you give it a try, just be very careful.

http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/...b-423d32e02803
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