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Happy New Year 2009 & a Recipe to prepare Chocolate Chip-Cashew Cookies! edit


I want to wish all my readers a very happy and healthy New Year, and thank you for your loving support through 2008. With the arriving of the new year, I’m sure you all have New Year’s resolutions, including learn how to cook or improve your cooking, so that’s why I am working on a brand new project: “How-To Videos,” colorful, interesting and great material to help you achieve this goal. I will keep you posted!

Now I want to share with you a delicious recipe to prepare Chocolate Chip and Cashew cookies with Oatmeal. While doing the baking for the New Years dinner I came across this idea and I invite you to be a little adventurous and try this yummy variation. You will love it, promise wink

Here it goes, I am also including it in Spanish for my Spanish speaking readers or for you if you are learning this beautiful language. It is a tasty way to reach your goal.


  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks) softened
  • 1-1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2-1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 to 2 cups chocolate chips
  • 1 cup cashew nuts, chopped


Beat butter, sugar and vanilla until creamy. Add eggs and mix well. Combine dry ingredients: flour, oats, baking powder and salt. Gradually add to the butter mixture beating until well mixed. Stir in chocolate chips and cashew nuts. Store in fridge well covered if you are not going to bake them right away.

Drop by tablespoons onto ungreased cookie sheets and bake 8-12 minutes or until light browned. Remove from oven and cool slightly on cookie shees. Then remove cookies and let cool completely on wire rack.


Chef Melissa

Galletas Con Chispas de Chocolate y Cashews (Pepitas de Marañón)


  • 1 taza de mantequilla sin sal
  • 1-1/2 taza de azúcar turbinada (morena clara)
  • 1 cucharadita de vainilla
  • 2-1/4 taza de harina todo propósito
  • 1 taza de avena en hojuelas
  • 1 cucharadita de polvo de hornear
  • 1/2 cucharadita de canela molida
  • 1/2 cucharadita de sal
  • 1-1/2 a 2 tazas de chispas de chocolate
  • 1 taza de cashews (pepitas de marañón), picadas


Pre-calentar el horno a 375 grados F.

Batir la mantequilla, azúcar y vainilla hasta obtener una mezcla cremosa. Agregar los huevos y mezclar bien. Combinar los ingredientes secos: harina, polvo de hornear, sal, canela molida. Incorporar a la mezcla con mantequilla, batir bien. Agregar chispas de chocolate y cashews picadas, distribuir bien.

Colocar cucharadas de masa en una bandeja para galletas sin grasa, dejando una separación de 2” entre cada una. Hornear de 8-12 minutos o hasta que los bordes se empiecen a dorar. Remover bandeja del horno y dejar refrescar unos minutos. Luego remover las galletas y enfriar por completo en una parrilla.

Receta rinde 18 galletas grandes.


  • by Chef Melissa
  • January 02, 2009
  • 9:00 am


Picture of Apple Crisp Recipe Apple Crisp Recipe said on...
01.02.09 at 09:31 PM |

Wow great recipe! Will definitely try tonight!

Happy New Year to you as well!

Picture of Foodista Foodista said on...
01.03.09 at 09:30 AM |

The perfect cookie to start the year! Yummy! Here’s wishing you a happy and healthy 2009 from all of us at foodista.com

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Picture of Maureen Maureen said on...
01.03.09 at 01:21 PM |

Oh my - I can’t wait to try this recipe! I love chocolate chip cookies and I love cashew nuts so it sounds like the perfect cookie to me.Thanks for the recipe.

I look forward to your new “How-To Videos” feature.

Happy New Year!

Picture of Paz Paz said on...
01.03.09 at 01:24 PM |

Yum!  I’m going to have to try these cookies.  wink

Happy New Year!  May all your dreams continue to come true.


Picture of Salud Salud said on...
01.06.09 at 03:09 PM |

Muchas gracias por la receta y por ponerla también en español. La probaré y ya te contaré que tal. ¡Un saludo!

Picture of Joyce Joyce said on...
01.09.09 at 03:09 AM |

I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don’t know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


Picture of Anne @ Pink Galoshes Anne @ Pink Galoshes said on...
01.10.09 at 08:19 PM |

I love the idea of adding cashews to these cookies.  Sort of unexpected, but totally delicious.  Thanks!

Picture of Carmela Tursi Hobbins Carmela Tursi Hobbins said on...
01.22.09 at 09:24 PM |

This recipes looks fantastic.  I can’t wait to try it.  I think it would also be wonderful using black walnuts.

I love making cookies and with the holidays and the election behind us we can concentrate on Valentine’s Day.  This recipe for Love Knots or Nodi d’Amore was handed down to me by my Italian Grandmothers and Mother.  It is included in my cookbook, Carmela’s Cucina which is available on line at http://www.carmiescucina.com  I hope you all enjoy it as much as my family and clients do around this romanic holiday.

Love Knots
(Nodi d’ Amore)

1 cup butter
1 and 1/4 cup sugar
6 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla 1/2 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons baking powder
4 cups flour

1 pound powdered sugar
1/2 stick butter
1-2 teaspoons milk
1 teaspoon lemon extract
Cream butter and sugar until light.  Add eggs, milk, and vanilla.  Blend dry ingredients together and add slowly to the mix, and continue to stir until a soft dough forms.

Drop cookies on a baking sheet a teaspoon at a time, making sure the top remains round.  Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes until lightly browned.  Cool.

Meanwhile, mix the frosting ingredients until they form a coating consistency.  Dip each love knot by hand into the frosting and spread evenly over the cookie.  Place cookies on wax paper to dry.  Makes 6 dozen.

Buon appetito,

Carmela Tursi Hobbins

Picture of bh .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) said on...
12.28.10 at 01:27 AM |

These were amazing.  Everyone who ate them loved them.  I gave them as gifts.

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