[C]ookies for the sake of cookies, for the sake of December, for the sake of Christmas, and just so we can stand at the kitchen counter and count how many of these warm, nutty, powdered sugar bites we can shove into our mouths.
The answer is 3.5. That’s how many cookies fit in a mouth. Be careful.
I’m thinking about upcoming holiday parties, possible cookie swap situations, and general winter cookie desires. These buttery walnut bites totally fit the bill. Tender, crumbly, two-bites, powdered sugar clouds.
These cookies are deliciously buttery and crumbly.
Yes, of course these cookies have butter in them, but their tender crumble is due, in great part, to the fact that these cookies have more finely chopped walnuts than flour. The lovely fat in the nuts lends to the rich and buttery flavor of these cookies. Essential fats. Totally the way to go.
The dry ingredients come together in a large bowl. Flour, sugar, and a good pinch of salt.
Finally chopped walnuts too. All together in the bowl.
I wanted to add a bit of baking powder. I forgot, but it’s not too late.
Softened butter is added to the nutty dry ingredients. It’s soft so just toss it in. Start to mix the ingredients together with a spoon. Eventually you may graduate to using your hands to mix the dough together.
This buttery dough isn’t a traditional cookie dough. It will be much more crumbly than something like a Chocolate Chip Cookie dough. Not to worry.
To bring this dough from crumbles to cookies, we press a heaping tablespoon of dough together. Gently but with intention. Walnut sized balls of dough. They won’t rise or puff much in the oven so cozy them up on the baking pan.
It will all work out in the oven.
Perfectly imperfect. No need for a mixer or a cookie scoop for these little balls… just a spoon and your hands.
These babies bake for about 25 minutes. Seems like a long time for tender little cookies, but they bake at a low temperature and need a bit of time meld and cook through.
As the cookies come out of the oven they’re completely doused in powdered sugar. Just as soon as they’re cool enough to handle. Actually… even before they’re cool enough to handle. Pop them in the sugar.
The heat will ensure that the powdered sugar adheres to the cookies, coats extra thick, and is utterly delicious.Print
Butter Walnut Cookies
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- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- big pinch of salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
- 1 1/2 cups finely chopped walnuts
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- Place a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Place powdered sugar in a medium bowl and set aside.
- In a medium bowl, stir together flour, cornstarch, salt, baking powder, brown sugar, and walnuts.
- Stir in the vanilla extract. This might feel weird but just throw it in and stir.
- Add the butter and use a spoon to work the butter into the dry ingredients. Use your hands to mix the dough until it’s a coarse meal with lots of nut bits.
- Press heaping tablespoons of dough into walnut-sized balls and place an inch apart on the prepared baking sheet.
- Bake for 25 to 27 minutes. The cookies won’t brown very much but will appear to be dry on the outside and will feel fairly firm to the touch.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before placing in powdered sugar bowl to coat. Coat generously in powdered sugar.
- Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to four days.
Hello!! I really love these cookies and have made them multiple times. Just want to try making them gluten free and with vegan butter? what do you suggest I should do?
Hello! Feel free to use plant based butter instead of butter and any gluten-free flour substitute. Joy likes Cup4Cup as a substitute a lot! Hope this helps!
Hi from Pennsylvania… making these tonight while watching Christmas specials.
I just stumbled across your blog! Wow its beautiful. Love the photography. These cookies look delicious! I will be heading into the kitchen to make these right now! :)
My new go-to cookie! I am baking challenged and these are fool-proof and takes just minutes to prepare. Two alterations: I toasted the walnuts in an iron skillet first and also added 1 T of maple syrup and 1 less T of brown sugar to the recipe. So utterly, amazingly, sinfully good! Thank you for making me look like a pro with this simple, fast, delicious cookie!
The Queen of Dreaming
Sooo good! :)
I made these and they didn’t work at all… what was I doing wrong? They didn’t stick together and immediately crumbled after being taken out of the oven… I couldn’t even keep them together to roll them in the sugar :(
I’ve made these at least three times now. The first few times with salted butter and the last time with unsalted. I have to say, I MUCH prefer the salted butter version; it is so much tastier. Can someone please explain to me the virtues of baking with unsalted butter? This recipe is going in my permanent file (with salted butter, of course)…we just LOVE these cookies and they really are so easy to make. Thanks, Joy! Merry Christmas!!
OMG! delicious! thanks for the super easy recipe.
LEE @ Modern Granola
I love the way these look! I really want to try making these.
Please, how did you chop the nuts, by hand, food processor? Thanks
That’s great recipe and the cookies looks delicious!
I tried making these, and the dough was too crumbly to form balls. It refused to stay together. Not sure what to do.
Love the idea of walnuts instead of pecans, these look wonderfully soft and flavorful!
YUM! These are my favorite cookies! We used to make them every year for Christmas, except that my family calls them Greek Wedding Cookies. You can called them “A pile of sticks” for all I care, I’m still eating the whole plateful by myself, shamelessly.
My mom has made a very similar cookie (her’s may have less brown sugar?) for as long as I can remember, and it’s likely she got the recipe from an aunt or grandmother. They’re awesome & I’m sure these are too!