Baki's Old-World Cookies Recipe

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My uncles have always called these "cupcake cookies" because of the unique and pretty way they're baked. My maternal grandmother mixed up many a batch.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup ground walnuts
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Shortening
  • Confectioners' sugar

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 314 calories, 21g fat (10g saturated fat), 76mg cholesterol, 166mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.


  1. In a bowl, cream sugar and butter. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition, and nuts. Sift together flour and spices; add with vanilla to creamed mixture. Chill 1 hours.
  2. Using shortening, liberally grease muffin tins or individual 3-in. tins or tart shells. Fill tins 1/3 to 1/2 full and press dough around sides, leaving depression in center. (If dough is too soft as you press into tins, add more flour.)
  3. Bake at 350° for about 18 minutes or until light brown. Cool 2 minutes; tap times to remove cookies. Dust with confectioners' sugar. Yield: 2-3 dozen.
Originally published as Baki's Old-World Cookies in Grandma's Great Desserts Cookbook 1992, p58

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