Edible Landscaping

Pawpaw Cookies with Black Walnuts

Pawpaws are great in baked goods. Their rich, creamy texture and tropical flavor blends well in many cakes, breads, and cookies. Here's a simple recipe that's sure to please.

  • 3/4 cup pureed pawpaw pulp
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup black walnuts

Preheat the oven to 350ºF and grease a large cookie sheet. Peel and seed fresh pawpaws and puree the fruit in a food processor. Sift together the flour and baking powder, and set aside. Cream the butter and sugar. Add the egg. Add the flour mixture and then add the pawpaw pulp. Chop half the nuts (reserve 16 pieces) and blend them into the mixture. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheet and press a piece of black walnut onto the top of each cookie. Bake 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Makes about 16 cookies.

Recipe courtesy of the Kentucky State University

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