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Cashew Ginger Cookie Twists

Total Time

Prep: 55 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling

Makes

40 cookies

Here’s a fun cookie for a party or cookie exchange. After the white chocolate sets, you can dip the other side of the twists into melted dark chocolate and sprinkle with orange zest or finely chopped cashews. —Carole Holt, St. Paul, Minnesota
Cashew Ginger Cookie Twists Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons grated orange zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1/2 cup honey-roasted cashews
  • 1-1/2 cups white baking chips
  • 1 tablespoon shortening
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped crystallized ginger

Directions

  1. Beat first 4 ingredients until blended; beat in egg and vanilla. Place 1/4 cup flour and cashews in a food processor; pulse until cashews are ground. Add remaining 1-3/4 cup flour; pulse to blend. Gradually beat flour mixture into butter mixture.
  2. Divide dough in half; shape each into a 10-in.-long log. Wrap and refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.
  3. Preheat oven to 375°. Unwrap and cut each log into twenty 1/2-in. slices. Roll each slice into an 8-in. rope; shape each into a pretzel. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  4. Bake until edges are light brown, 8-10 minutes. Cool on pans 2 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  5. In a microwave, melt baking chips and shortening; stir until smooth. Dip tops of cookies in the melted chips; sprinkle with crystallized ginger. Let stand until set.

Test Kitchen tips
  • The dough softens and becomes harder to work with the longer it’s out of the fridge. Even after slicing the dough, keep most of it refrigerated while shaping the dough a few pieces at a time.
  • These buttery cookies have a crisp texture since there’s so much "edge" exposed with the pretzel shape.
  • Try dipping some in melted dark chocolate (you might even add a contrasting white chocolate drizzle if you want to get fancy).
  • Nutrition Facts

    1 cookie: 113 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 42mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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