Crispy Walnut Cinnamon Cookies

Crispy Walnut Cinnamon Cookies

Walnuts add a crispy crunch to these cinnamon cookies. They are the perfect gift for any holiday. Why not spice up your Valentine's Day meal by serving these for dessert?


  • 1/2 cup California walnuts
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 8 tablespoons butter, unsalted, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons sugar, used in different parts of the recipe
  • 1 egg, large
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon, ground


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Finely grind the walnuts in a food processor with the flour. In a bowl, stir together the walnuts, flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. Combine the butter and 3/4 cup of the sugar in another bowl and using an electric mixer, beat until light and fluffy, about 1 minute. Add the egg and beat until smooth. Mix in the dry ingredients until combined.
  4. In a small, shallow bowl, stir together the remaining 3 tablespoons sugar and the cinnamon. To shape each cookie, using a small spoon or ice cream scoop, scoop up a spoonful of the dough and roll between your palms into a 1-inch ball. As the balls are formed, roll them in the cinnamon sugar, coating evenly, and then place on the prepared baking sheets, spacing them 2 inches apart.
  5. Bake until golden brown, about 10 minutes. If you are baking more than one sheet at a time, at the midway point, switch the pans between the racks and rotate them 180°F to ensure even baking. Let cool on the pans to room temperature.


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