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Ginger Walnut Cookies

Ginger Walnut Cookies

Ginger Walnut Cookies

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



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!


  • 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)


  • 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 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 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.



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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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