Being married to a space and science news enthusiast, I’m always on the lookout for recipes with an astronomy theme. So I was particularly excited when I came across this recipe for moon cookies in a baking cookbook called Cookielicious. The inclusion of split cashews represents the quarter-moon shape nicely and adds a bit of space-age flavor to any Star Wars theme parties you might be planning. Ready to make some moon cookies? Read on.
What you need:
To make moon cookies, assemble the following ingredients: 2 sticks of unsalted butter at room temperature, 1 cup of light brown sugar, 1 cup of regular sugar, 2 large eggs, 1 tsp vanilla, 2 cups all-purpose flour, 2 ½ cups oatmeal flour, ¼ tsp salt, 1 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp baking powder, 12 ounces of white chocolate morsels, 4 ounces of white chocolate baking squares (sliced into 1/8 inch slices) and 1 ½ cups of split cashews.
What you do:
Before you begin mixing up your moon cookies, be sure to preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Cream together the butter and both sugars. Mix in eggs and vanilla. Next, add the flower and mix well before adding oatmeal flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder. Using a large spoon, stir in the white chocolate morsels and baking square slices. Add in the split cashews. Since these look like a quarter moon, they are what essentially make your moon cookies look like . . . well, moon cookies. Roll dough into one-inch balls and place on a cookie sheet two inches apart. Bake for ten minutes. According to the Cookielicious cookbook, baking the moon cookies any longer than this will result in a hard, overdone cookie.
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