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Ginger Walnut Cookies

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Crunchy and sweet, these walnut cookies are perfect for any occasion. A great alternative to traditional sugar cookies for the holidays, these can be cut into festive shapes!

Makes about 48

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups flour
1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup finely chopped California walnuts
1/2 cup finely chopped crystallized ginger
Cinnamon Glaze (recipe follows)

Beat butter and sugar together in a large bowl until fluffy; stir in eggs and vanilla.

Stir together flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt; add to butter mixture, mixing until thoroughly combined. Stir in walnuts and ginger. Wrap dough tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or until firm. (May be prepared up to a week ahead.)

Preheat oven to 400F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Using a portion of the dough, roll out 1/4-inch thick on a lightly floured board and cut into stars or other desired shapes.

Place on prepared baking sheets and bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until lightly browned around the edges.

Transfer cookies to a baking rack to cool before coating with a thin layer of Cinnamon Glaze. Store cookies in an airtight container.

Cinnamon Glaze:
Stir together 2 cups powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons milk and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon in a small bowl until smooth.

Note: Created by Chef Patty Mastracco. Recipe and photo courtesy of the California Walnut Board. Learn more about the health benefits of walnuts!

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Reviews of Ginger Walnut Cookies:

1-5 of 5 reviews  

  Lola in Texas  Dec 18, 2017
Would make this again.
Im not a big fan of sugar cookies. Too sweet. These are amazing light crisp and love the icing. I added maple syrup to the icing. Im going to make them again but sub pecans and crushed chocolate chips with the same icing. 3 stars

  Alicia in Georgia, US  Dec 30, 2014
Would make this again.
These were absolutely wonderful, a great alternative to overly sweet sugar cookies. I got so many compliments for these, they go perfectly with a cup of coffee. I'll definitely be making them again! 5 stars

  JB in Seattle, Washington  Dec 31, 2013
Would make this again.
This is the second time I've made these. The cookies consist of wonderful flavor & texture. I used pecans 2nd time. The glaze is good but needs some holiday sprinkles for better presentation. Might be fun to add a little Vermont Maple syrup to glaze?! 5 stars

  A cookie baker  Dec 24, 2013
Would make this again.
I didn\'t have crystalized ginger so I substituted 1/2 tsp. of ginger powder- the flavor still came through but I wish i added a bit more vanilla or cinnamon. The cookies on their own are tasty and not too sweet, the glaze is a must! It adds the sweetness I was looking for. 4 stars

  Nawal in Jordan  Jan 8, 2013
Would make this again.
Its easy making delicious to taste 5 stars

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