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Ginger Walnut Cookies

Ginger Walnut Cookies

Ginger Walnut Cookies

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Ginger Walnut Cookies
4.4 rating based on 12,345 ratings
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Course: Cutout CookiesDifficulty: Medium



These crunchy cutout cookies are a great option when you want something a bit different from your regular sugar cookie! They incorporate chopped walnuts and chopped crystallized ginger for a more toothsome texture and wonderful flavor! A cinnamon glaze just takes them over the top. Make sure you chop the nuts and ginger very finely so that you can cut them cleanly with your cookie cutters.


  • For the cookies
  • 1 cup butter, at room temperature

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 2 large eggs

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup finely chopped California walnuts

  • 1/2 cup finely chopped crystallized ginger

  • For the Cinnamon Glaze
  • 2 cups powdered sugar

  • 2 tablespoons milk

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • Make the cookies:
  • 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.
  • Preheat oven to 400°F 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 or between two sheets of waxed paper and cut into stars or other desired shapes. Yield will depend on size of cookie cutters.
  • 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 completely.
  • Make the Cinnamon Glaze
  • Stir together powdered sugar, milk and cinnamon in a small bowl until smooth. Glaze the cookies once thoroughly cooled.



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I’m 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. I’m going to make them again but sub pecans and crushed chocolate chips with the same icing.
- Lola

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!
- Alicia

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?!
- JB

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.
- A Baker

Its easy making delicious to taste
- Nawal
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