Cashew Triangles or Nutty Triangles





Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. The avidity to prepare list for Santa by kids; the excitement of putting the X-Mas tree; my diligent plans to bake a fruit cake before Christmas; packing for the trip to India; all these mixed up emotions are dangling up in the atmosphere of my house these days. I totally love the energy vibe of this season.

During Christmas season my kids never finds the movie 'Polar Express' vapid after watching over and over. We too enjoy it watching with them. The other day when they were watching the movie, I thought to bake something easy while enjoying the movie.  I quickly checked my recipe collection and pulled the first cookie recipe I tried by myself. Yes, 'Nutty Triangle' was the first cookie recipe I tried when I started baking. This would be a perfect simple and easy treat to bake for your family and friends. I got this recipe from my co-worker who bakes these cookies during Christmas time every year along with other cookies. But these cookies taste ambrosial to me because of the nutty crunch and butter flavor in each bite. It tastes pretty close to the Danish butter cookies.





The name 'Nutty Triangle' sounds little funny, so I always refer it by the nuts I use in the recipe. The nuts in the recipe can be substituted with Peanuts, Almonds, Walnuts, and Pistachios or even with sweetened shredded coconut and coconut extract.


Yields - 40 triangles

Ingredients:

1 cup - butter
1 cup - sugar
1 egg - separated
2 cups - sifted flour
1 tsp - vanilla extract
1 cup - finely chopped Cashews (substitute with nuts of your choice)

Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 275 F.
  • Cream together butter and sugar and egg yolk. 
  • Gradually add flour to creamed mixture stirring well. 
  • Spread dough evenly in a jelly roll pan or baking sheet (15 X 10).
  • Smooth surface with fingertips or a spatula by dipping in flour.
  • Beat egg white slightly, brush over top of the dough. 
  • Sprinkle nuts over dough and press in.  Bake for 1 hour. 
  • Take the cookie out and while uncut cookies are still warm, cut into 4 lengthwise strips and then cut 5 crosswise strips. Cut each piece in half diagonally. 
Notes
  • Make sure that the butter is cold enough so that the dough is not sticky.
  • I usually dip my fingers in flour before pressing it to the baking sheet otherwise it will be slightly sticky.
  • Store the cookies in air tight containers and they are good for couple of weeks.

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