These are very similar to those "butterball" Christmas cookies that I always remember around the holidays. However, these use CASHEWS, which really add a wonderful flavor! I made these for Christmas cookies in 2003, and they were, by far, everyone's favorite!
- Preheat oven to 375.
- Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, beat the butter with ½ cup of the confectioners’ sugar with hand mixer at medium speed until creamy.
- Add the vanilla extract.
- Slowly beat in the flour, roasted cashews and salt until well combined.
- Divide the dough into 4 equal parts and shape into 1” logs.
- Wrap logs in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, at least ½ hour.
- Cut 1” pieces off of the refrigerated logs, and roll into balls.
- Place balls about ¾” apart on parchment lined sheets (should be about 3 cookie sheets worth) Bake cookies in oven for about 20 minutes, or until golden.
- Fill a shallow bow or pie plate with 2 cups of confectioners’ sugar.
- Immediately roll the hot cookies in the sugar to coat, a few at a time.
- Place on racks to cool.
- Once cookies are cooled, re-roll them again in confectioners’ sugar, so coating looks nice and white and even!
- Cookies can be stored in airtight container for about 1 week, or frozen for up to one month.