Mocha Butterscotch Cashew Cookies Back to School Gift

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Ah, the first day back at school! This year, not only does Spane get a new teacher for 5th grade, the school also gets a new Principal. I think it’s important to make a good impression. Spane is a good student, but it never hurts to grease a few palms with an appreciative gift. I already made Trinket Boxes, and special Scrunchy Bows for the gift bag, but I wanted to put something else inside. I was wrestling with myself over this, and then I remembered I had a bag of butterscotch chips that I had gotten on sale at the local supermarket. Everyone likes cookies, and if they don’t they can give them to someone who does.

These Mocha Butterscotch Cashew Cookies will be rich, so I will also be giving a plate of cookies to the front office, some to my neighbor who gives me figs and apples, some to Spane’s Lemonade Stand co-worker, and still be able to have some for Spane and I.

Cookies for the Principal, the Front Office and the Teacher

Cookies for the Principal, the Front Office and the Teacher

I love going to the resale shops, finding bargains, and occasionally finding something old that comes back home with me for a new life. I have a friend who had this interesting jar with a top that you would push down on and she would use it for chopping onions. I always wanted one of those, and I was lucky enough to find one recently. I also found out that they were used for chopping nuts. Well, they do a great job at both!

Cashews Before

Cashews Before

Cashews After

Cashews After



Mis en Place

Mis en Place

Recipe: Mocha Butterscotch Cashew Cookies

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons pure cane granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup pure cane brown sugar; firmly packed
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups All-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee (espresso recommended)
  • 1 package butterscotch chips
  • 1 cup cashews coarsely chopped

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 425.
  2. Have ready at least two cookie sheets lined with parchment paper.
    Parchment line pan

    Parchment line pan

  3. Put butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla and almond extract in a large mixing bowl. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed 3 to 4 minutes, or until well mixed.
    Cream Sugar and Butter

    Creamed Sugar and Butter

  4. Sift together dry ingredients, including coffee and cocoa. Add flour mixture to butter mixture; mix well.
    Dry Ingredient Added

    Dry Ingredient Added

  5. Stir in butterscotch chips and cashews.
    Butterscotch and nuts added

    Butterscotch and nuts added

  6. Using a small ice cream scoop, size 24, drop the cookies on the prepared sheets. If you don’t have an ice cream scoop, drop by rounded tablespoons on the baking sheets.
    Cookies ready for oven

    Cookies ready for oven

    Spane gets the spoon!

    Spane gets the spoon!

  7. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, or until light golden brown. Do not over-bake.
  8. Transfer to wire rack to cool.
  9. Makes 4 dozen cookies.
    Cooling cookies

    Cooling cookies

Quick notes

Use a good instant coffee, like an instant espresso for the best flavor.

Variations

If you are allergic to nuts, omit them. If you are going to be giving cookies as a gift, please make sure they are labeled so those who are allergic can avoid them.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 10 minute(s)

Diet type: Vegetarian

Number of servings (yield): 4 dozen

Culinary tradition: USA (General)

My rating 5 stars:  ★★★★★ 20 review(s)

Pictures of the Finished Gifts

Cookies with gift bag and gift

Cookies with gift bag and gift


Bags and container

Bags and container


Cookies wrapped up with a bow and ready to go

Cookies wrapped up with a bow and ready to go


Cookies for the Principal, the Front Office and the Teacher

Cookies for the Principal, the Front Office and the Teacher

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Recipe by Adrienne Boswell.
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3 Responses to Mocha Butterscotch Cashew Cookies Back to School Gift

  1. Hilda says:

    Oh my! I made these and they were really great. I didn’t get espresso, I just used some Starbucks instant, and it was fine.

  2. Val says:

    All I can say is YUMMY!

  3. Lorianne Goodman says:

    Just fabulous. I made them for a get together and everyone loved them.