Walnut Cookies

Throughout the year I tell you about the recipes we prepare for the Jewish holidays at my house, however, would it be OK to switch things up today, since it’s December 25th, and share with you one of my Christmas recipes?
 Everyone expects Jewish recipes from this blog, but I like to surprise you from time to time… and Christmas is such a fun, festive excuse to indulge in a little extra deliciousness.

Walnut cookies

This Christmas I made some walnut cookies for some friends and my co-workers at the office. My grandmother’s caregiver has recently gifted us a big bag of excellent walnuts freshly picked from her tree, so as soon as I saw them, I thought that her precious harvest would make a fantastic Christmas baking project. When we are lucky enough to receive a gift, it is particularly nice to be able to spread the love and share it with those we care for.

Walnut cookies

Biscotti con le noci - Walnut cookies

Walnut cookies

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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Italiana
Servings 30 biscuits circa


  • 225 g butter, at room temperature
  • 250 g all-purpose flour
  • 70 g sugar
  • 160 g ground walnuts
  • a few drops of vanilla extract


  • Whisk butter, sugar, and vanilla in a medium bowl until creamy.
    225 g butter, at room temperature, 70 g sugar, a few drops of vanilla extract
  • Fold in the flour and the ground walnuts (you can toast them briefly in a pan for a nuttier flavor, or put them in the dough simply raw), stirring well.
    250 g all-purpose flour, 160 g ground walnuts
  • Transfer the cookie dough to the fridge for about an hour, until firm; meanwhile, line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Shape the dough into small balls and place on the baking sheet. The cookies will spread a tiny bit during cooking, but not very much, so if you want them to be flat you should press them down to flatten them with the bottom of a glass. The ones in the picture were simply baked in the shape of a ball, without any additional handling.
  • Bake the cookies in the preheated oven until the bottom is golden, for 15/20 minutes. They will seem a bit crumbly just out of the oven, but if you leave them on the baking sheet to cool they will be perfect.
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Walnut cookies

Walnut cookies

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