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Gramercy Tavern's Cashew Chocolate Chip Crisps & A Winner!

We made it muffins!!  An entire month of posts dedicated to our most favorite restaurant recipes – whew!  We’re impressed y’all stuck with it.  Wait, we’re impressed that WE stuck with it.  Let’s all give ourselves a pat on the back and have something delicious to eat.

Wait what??  You don’t have anything delicious to eat? Well A) that’s a horrible and terrible and you should ALWAYS have something delicious around to eat.  And B) we can help.  For the final restaurant recipe, the cherry on top of the month-o-recipes sundae, we…made…COOKIES!!!

Cookies??  Like, as in…a cookie??  Not a torte, a bombe, a croquembouche??  No cupcakes, we made cookies. 

And not just cookies, but Gramercy Tavern cookies.  Claudia Fleming cookies.  Cookies unlike any cookies.

Wow, we’ve said cookies like 4328 times.

If you’ve never been to the culinary mecca that is Gramercy Tavern let us enlighten you.  The food is sublime - divinely prepared dishes and totally amazing meals with the best dang waiters in New York City (and the martinis aren’t too shabby either).  And then comes dessert.  And THEN, then, after dessert, they give you dessert to go.

We KNOW!  Now do you understand why we OBSESS over this place?  Because they understand us.  They understand that even though you probably stuffed yourself with their insanely good food and ridiculous desserts, you might just need a little something extra.

Enter the cookies.  Cashew chocolate chip crisps.  A Claudia Fleming cookie masterpiece. The exact thing you want after a fancy schamncy meal. A good old chocolate chip cookie.

Except this is so much more. Milk and dark chocolate chunks, the faintest hint of orange and cashews.  This is the upscale Gramercy Tavern version of a chocolate chip cookie.  Sure there’s a little more work, some toasting and some chopping.  But trust us loves.  This cookie is the ultimate upscale chocolate chip cookie.

Just try it and see.  And if you ever get to Gramercy Tavern, you better invite us along.


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Cashew Chocolate Chip Crisps
Makes 36 cookies
Adapted from The Last Course: The Desserts of Gramercy Tavern

2 1/2 cups cashews, toasted
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/4 cups light brown sugar
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Zest from 1 orange
2 eggs
1 3/4 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon water
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
8 ounces milk chocolate, coarsely chopped

Preheat oven to 325. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment or silicone mats and set aside.

In a food processor, pulse 1/2 cup of the toasted cashews with 1 tablespoon of flour to a fine meal.  In a medium bowl, combine remaining flour, salt and the ground cashew mixture.  Coarsely chop the remaining cashews and set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and sugars until creamy and light, about 3 minutes.  Add vanilla and orange zest and mix until well combined. Add eggs one at a time, beating for a minute after each addition.  Dissolve baking soda in water and add to bowl, beating to combine.  In two batches, add in flour mixture, blending until just combined. Stir in chopped chocolate and cashews.

Drop heaping tablespoons of dough onto prepared baking sheets. Bake for about 18 minutes, rotating halfway, until cookies are golden all over.  Cool on racks.

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Reader Comments (6)

You've convinced me that I need to make a batch of these cookies ASAP, even though I literally just took a pan of brownies out of the oven a minute ago. Cashews and chocolate and orange zest sounds like an delightful combo for a cookie!!

OMG I must make these ASAP. Cashews and chocolate/orange together are two of my favorite things....this is definitely bookmarked! :)

May 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEvan

I love Gramercy Tavern but I've never had these cookies... I need to get baking immediately!

Never been there but these cookies sound so fancy and delicious!

YUM! Love the idea of cashews in CC cookies!

June 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHillary

These are by far the best chocolate chip cookies I have ever baked and eaten.....and I have eaten alot:) Thank you so much for sharing these. I stumbled across these for another Christmas cookie and these fit the bill. Thanks so much!

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKim

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