Dark Chocolate Cashew Brittle Cookies & a Virtual Baby Shower

It was September of 2011 when I was selected along with 19 other food bloggers to participate in a book promo for Emeril Lagasse.  I was still pretty new to the food blogging scene and didn’t know any of the other bloggers.  We spent 3 weeks together working on the promo and became fast friends.  One of those bloggers is the beautiful and gracious Rachel of www.rachelcooks.com.  She and I have become great friends and my week is not complete without saying HI to her. She’s just a sweetheart and I love her to bits.

I received an email from Brandy of www.nutmegnanny.com and Brandi of www.branappetit.com asking if I wanted to participate in a virtual baby shower for Rachel (If you haven’t heard, she’s about to pop very soon with her first little man).  How could I say no?  So I jumped on board and offered up my graphic design services to create the invitation.  The list of bloggers who are cooking for Rachel’s virtual baby shower is long and amazing.  She is definitely well loved in the blogging community.  Please make sure you check out all of the deliciousness.

Check out all of the deliciousness!




Dark Chocolate Cashew Brittle Cookies & a Virtual Baby Shower

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 16 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 2 dozen


  • 8 ounces dark chocolate, chips or chunks
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped cashew brittle


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchement paper and set aside.
  2. Set a double boiled over medium-low heat, add the chocolate and butter and heat until just melted. Stir to combine. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, add the flour, baking powder and salt and whisk to combine.
  4. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the eggs, brown sugar and vanilla. Add the melted chocolate and mix well to combine. Mix in the flour. Add the chopped cashew brittle and stir to combine. (the mixture will be liquid, but it will puff up in the oven)
  5. Use a hinged scoop and scoop the cookie mixture on the prepared baking sheet. Bake 12-16 minutes. Do not overcook. Cool on a wire rack.



  • Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking
    November 24, 2012 at 10:00 am

    I’m always looking for new chocolate cookies recipe and these look amazing! perfect for the cookie swap we’re having this coming week. thanks for sharing Heather

  • Jamie
    November 21, 2012 at 1:08 am

    Oh dear… I had finally settled on a chocolate cookie recipe I was going to bake and then I saw these! I have to make these… I love chocolate chewy cookies and these look perfect!

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks
    November 17, 2012 at 10:27 am

    I love the looks of these! I just saved it to my ziplist so I can remember to make them!

  • Mackenzie {SusieFreakingHomemaker}
    November 14, 2012 at 5:55 am

    Oh my gosh – I am making these ASAP. I am absolutely drooling. What a great thing to bring to the shower!!

  • Donna
    November 12, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    Oh my GOSH!!! Those look amazeballs!

  • Deborah
    November 12, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    These cookies look so good, and I’m loving the addition of the cashew brittle!!

  • Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen
    November 12, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    This just knocked my socks off! AH-MAZING!

  • luv what you do
    November 12, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    Yum! These cookie are beautiful!

  • kita
    November 12, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    I was just eyeing up chocolate cookie recipes last night when the urge to bake hit hard! I didn’t end up with chocolate cookies but seeing these makes me want to go pull out some butter right now! Thanks for making the invitation for Rachels shower today!

  • cathy @ Noble Pig
    November 12, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    Who doesn’t love a chocolate crinkley cookie…these are beauties!! And yeah for little boys!

  • Barbara | Creative Culinary
    November 12, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    I love crackle type cookies…that hard shell promising something a bit softer inside; the two together make it perfect. I believe the word is ‘deliciousness?’

  • Becca from It's Yummilicious
    November 12, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    OMGooooodness, Heather! If I lie and say I’m preggers, will you please bake me up a plate full of these? 😀

    • FarmgirlGourmet
      November 12, 2012 at 3:44 pm

      LOL Becca!! You made me blurt laughter!! 🙂 I totally needed that too. XO

  • Steph
    November 12, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Holy cow! I’m trying to wrap my head around this flavor combination!! These sound so incredible!

    • FarmgirlGourmet
      November 12, 2012 at 3:45 pm

      Thanks Steph. The spicy cashew brittle rocks these cookies. Even my kids liked them. Thanks for commenting!!

  • Kathryn
    November 12, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Thank you so much for your awesome logo skills – it’s perfect! And these cookies look beyond delicious.

    • FarmgirlGourmet
      November 12, 2012 at 3:45 pm

      Thank you Kathryn…I appreciate that comment. This has been an awesome virtual party!! Thanks for commenting.

  • diabeticFoodie
    November 12, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    You’ve outdone yourself, Heather! I have a friend who loves peanut brittle and I am so making him these cookies for Christmas!

    • FarmgirlGourmet
      November 12, 2012 at 3:46 pm

      I highly recommend sourcing some spicy brittle if you can, it really kicks up the cookies. I used a Habanero brittle from a friends candy company. The link is in the ingredients. So addicting!! Thanks for commenting Shelby! XO

  • Nutmeg Nanny
    November 12, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    These lovely little cookies are adorable and tasty! I love the addition of cashew brittle….yum! Thank you so much for being a part of this event!!!

    • FarmgirlGourmet
      November 12, 2012 at 3:47 pm

      Thank you Brandy. It was incredible…thanks to You!! Way to be the hostess with the mostest. Love ya to bits darlin!! xo

  • Krista
    November 12, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    oh. wowzers. Those cookies look amazing! The best part about blogging is most definitely the friendships…and the food. 😉

    • FarmgirlGourmet
      November 12, 2012 at 3:48 pm

      I agree…who would’ve thought that a bunch of foodies competing for eyeballs on their blogs could be such a wonderfully supportive and encouraging group? I am always in awe of the awesomeness that is the food blogging community. Thanks for stopping by Krista! xo

  • Cassie | Bake Your Day
    November 12, 2012 at 11:31 am

    These look incredible, Heather. Cashew brittle is beyond amazing! Must-try ASAP.

    • FarmgirlGourmet
      November 12, 2012 at 11:42 am

      Thanks for popping by Cassie. They are delish….and screaming my name from the kitchen at this moment too. ha. xo heather

    November 12, 2012 at 11:28 am

    […] special thanks to Brandy and Brandi for organizing, as well as Heather for making the awesome logo/invite. Love you all! […]

  • Jamie @ Thrifty Veggie Mama
    November 12, 2012 at 10:12 am

    These cookies look so amazing! Totally wish I had one (or two) right now.

    • FarmgirlGourmet
      November 12, 2012 at 10:22 am

      Thank you Jamie. They are addicting. I used a fiery hot cashew brittle so you get a little heated surprise. 🙂 Even the kids are digging them. Thanks for commenting.

  • Sheila
    November 12, 2012 at 8:37 am

    Oh my! Gorgeous cookies. Love chocolate…love cashew!

    • FarmgirlGourmet
      November 12, 2012 at 10:23 am

      Thanks Sheila. They are calling my name from the kitchen right now. 🙂

  • Rachel Cooks
    November 12, 2012 at 8:19 am

    Love you Heather! Thanks so much for participating in this, I am so touched by everyone’s kind words and the time you all put into this. Thank you especially for the adorable logo. You are so talented! Can’t wait to try these cookies. xoxo

    • FarmgirlGourmet
      November 12, 2012 at 10:26 am

      Love you back Rach. So happy for you and your family to be welcoming a little man. They are so much fun! Glad you liked the logo…it was inspired by Brandy and that you’ve enjoyed this fun day all about YOU (and food). We love you Rach!!

  • Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray
    November 12, 2012 at 7:18 am

    I love the look of these cookies! So crispy and delicate…and sweet, I’m sure. 🙂

    • FarmgirlGourmet
      November 12, 2012 at 10:27 am

      Thanks Tara. They are chewy little morsels of spicy deliciousness. ACK…now I want one. 🙂 Diet starts…tomorrow. Thanks for commenting. xo! ~Heather

  • carrian
    November 12, 2012 at 7:09 am

    Ooooohhh that sounds like something we need to pass out for neighbor treats

    • FarmgirlGourmet
      November 12, 2012 at 10:28 am

      They are easy to make, you may want to skip the hot cashew brittle. My kids like them, but they are little foodies and will eat anything. Thanks for commenting. xo

  • Sarah W. Caron
    November 12, 2012 at 7:02 am

    Looks like amazing. The crackling on the top is so pretty!

    • FarmgirlGourmet
      November 12, 2012 at 10:29 am

      Thanks Sarah. This has been such a fun virtual shower.

  • Sommer@ASpicyPerspective
    November 12, 2012 at 5:55 am

    Looks SO GOOD! and I love your new logo/look!!

    • FarmgirlGourmet
      November 12, 2012 at 10:35 am

      Thanks Sommer. It’s good to finally be on WP. I’ll trade you a cookie for a slice of Turtle Cake? 🙂

  • karen bates
    November 12, 2012 at 5:46 am

    Yummoooo…I need some of those!

    • FarmgirlGourmet
      November 12, 2012 at 10:36 am

      I’d gladly share with you karen…but I’m not sure you want to come get them in this weather. It’s neverending snow!!

  • Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama
    November 12, 2012 at 5:09 am

    OH my, now that’s a cookie!

    • FarmgirlGourmet
      November 12, 2012 at 10:37 am

      Thanks Carrie. All of the recipes for today have been AMAZING. Such a fun shower.

  • Susan 30A EATS
    November 12, 2012 at 4:58 am

    Amazaballs as always! Wish this wasn’t a virtual baby shower!! Yum!

    • FarmgirlGourmet
      November 12, 2012 at 10:38 am

      I agree Susan. I wish we were all gathered together (some place warm and sunny) and sharing all of this deliciousness in person. Such a fun event.