Friday, May 24, 2013

Today we take nuts for granted. The Greeks and Romans considered walnuts an aphrodisiac and food for gods. Nuts were used as currency for trading with English ships in the Mediterranean. That's why the walnut is called the English walnut. Almonds were excavated in the Holy Land and are one of the earliest cultivated foods. Arabians made the famous marzipan almond paste and it was brought back with Crusaders when they returned home. Spanish colonist collected thousands of Brazil nuts when introduced to them by Dutch traders to sustain the troops in North America. Peanuts probably got their bad reputation as food for the poor when it was harvested by and fed to Spanish and Portuguese slaves. But the demand for peanut oil, peanut butter, and peanuts made them popular again.

A Nutty World

Peanuts and popcorn at the baseball game, a bag of nuts at the drive thru, roasted nuts at the carnival, boiled peanuts in the south. Anywhere people gather for fun and entertainment they enjoy nuts. Nuts are healthy, portable and they are the perfect snack.

Sometimes they are the only healthy option in a very sinful yet delightful dessert. Peanut parties featuring nutty desserts and snacks are the latest thing on Pinterest. Whether you enjoy cookies, cakes, pies, or candy there is a recipe featuring nuts. That little crunch and smooth taste make the recipe. What will it be for your next get together? I love the cookie cups that people seem to be into lately.

They are as portable as a cookie but with all the variety of a parfait. There is an infinite amount of combinations. Just use the cookie cooked in muffin pan as your bowl. Use some frosting, cream, or jam as filler. Put a nut surprise in the middle or sprinkle nuts on top. Now you have a Nutty Cookie Parfait to please your family and friends.

Cashew Browned Butter Cookie Parfait


1 roll sugar cookie dough
1 cup cashews
1 cup vanilla cream frosting prepared with butter
1 teaspoon vanilla


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Spray muffin cup pan with non-stick cooking spray.
3. Press one heaping teaspoon of cookie dough into bottom of muffin cup and lay one nut in center.
4. Bake for 10-12 minutes according to cookie dough instructions.
5. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes.
6. Remove from pan and cool completely.
7. While cookie muffin cups are cooling, combine frosting, vanilla, and one half of the chopped cashews.
8. Smooth mixture over cooled cups.
9. Top with remaining nuts.
10. Makes 12 regular muffin or 24 mini muffin parfaits


More Nutty Options:

Nutty Tiramisu Cookie Parfait


1 roll sugar cookie dough
1 cup cream cheese frosting
1 packet instant coffee granules
1/2 cup almonds, sliced

Nutty Turtle Cookie Parfait


1 roll Chocolate Chip cookie dough
1/2 cup caramel ice cream topping
1 cup pecans, chopped

Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookie parfait


1 roll peanut butter cookie dough
1 cup strawberry jam
1/2 cup peanuts

Pistachio cookie parfait


1 roll sugar cookie dough
1 pint pistachio ice cream
1 cup pistachio nuts

About The Author:

This article was written by Milos B., avid blogger and food lover. When making this dessert he always buys bulk nuts online at

Image Credit:
Arina Habich

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