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Oct 26, 2008 12:38 PM

Archway "cashew nougats"

I am sure everyone's heard that Archway Cookies is out of business. That means we won't be able to continue our long tradition of buying a package of Cashew Nougat cookies at the start of the Christmas season. I would love to find a homemade version of these little guys!

I've done some preliminary Googling, and no luck yet.

Anyone else out there love those cookies and will miss them as much as I?

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  1. check your local markets!

    I just came across a Mother's floorstand full of Archway cookies in Mother's packaging. (?) Evidently, these had been ordered and delivered before the shut-down. You may still find some, or try grocery outlet stores.

    Not too familiar with the cookies you mention, weren't they a 'short' type of Mexican Wedding Cookie, using cashews as the nuts? That might be a good starting place....

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    1. re: toodie jane

      They are less a cookie and more like a little meringue-y texture (but not a meringue). I am sure they have egg white in them, perhaps powdered sugar, and not sure what starch -- flour or cornstarch. But they are definitely NOT Mexican wedding cookies -- Archway made some of those, using malted milk pieces, as well as classic pecan. This little confection is very different from that.

      Also, Mother's and Archway were made by the same company. I actually did check my local market ... and that's where I found the shelf sign saying "sorry if you can't find your favorite cookie - Archway/Mother's has closed their doors, and some of our Kroger brand cookies were also made by them."

      Since they closed just a few weeks ago, I am quite sure they wouldn't have begun production of Xmas cookies (there were several that were made only for the season) when they were getting ready to close.

      1. re: k_d

        sorry you've lost your cookie-love. that's no fun.

        A chewyer cookie can be made by adding egg whites and cutting down on flour (as in the chewy choc crackle cookies that have been all the rage).

        If you're willing to experiment, I'd try that. If you have a good local bakery, you may ask the advice of the baker. (not the counter help) Bakers love to talk baking if they are at all friendly types.

        best wishes

    2. I've never had the cashew variety, but used to love the ones with malted bits until they changed the ingredients to include cornstarch (which I cannot eat.) Based on memory, I'd guess you could start experimenting based on a mexican wedding cookie recipe, subbing toasted chopped cashews for the pecans and using shortening instead of butter. You'll likely have to sub a portion of the bleached flour with cornstarch to get the right texture, and use some sort of artificial flavoring. King Arthur Flour Co. has a lot of bakery style flavorings, and I'd bet those cookies included something along the lines of a butter/vanilla flavoring, plus some other elements that might be hard to duplicate. Artificial flavoring is a big part of a company's "secret ingredient" that makes a product smell or taste different from everything else on the market. Good luck!

      1. Anyone who thought Archway holiday cookies aren't available is WRONG!

        I saw a whole display of them, including several different "Nougats" at Ancona's supermarket in Ridgefield, Connecticut.

        If Ancona's has them, other places do too!

        Bon Appetit!

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        1. re: TrishUntrapped

          I just saw a display of Archway holiday cookies in a Dollar General store, of all places. Well, a few days ago, but they had them, nevertheless.

          I'm currently enjoying a few wedding cookies with my mid-morning coffee. Mmmmm.

        2. I've only made this recipe once and it was years ago, but I think it reminded me of them? In fact, I got it out to try them again this year, not knowing I couldn't buy Archway. Here goes...
          Cream together thoroughly 1 cup Morning star butter blend, 1/3 cup sugar, 2/3 cups ground blanched almonds. Slowly work in 1 2/3 cups sifted flour, 1/4 tsp salt. Chill dough over night. Roll into marble size balls on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 until set, about 14 - 16 minutes. Sprinkle with 1 cup confectioner's sugar mixed with 1 tsp cinnamon while still warm.

          If that isn't exact maybe it will be a start for you. Good luck!

          1. Hello K_d,

            I too have been dreaming about those cookies ever since they have been taken off the market. Just wondering if you tried the below recipe or if you found another? Please let me know because I would be so happy to surprise my family with our beloved cookies. I will continue my research and let you know if I find it.