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Black Walnut Cookies

Black walnuts have a more distinctive flavor than the traditional English walnuts. Black walnuts have a short shelf life and it's best to store them in the freezer.—Doug Black, Conover, North Carolina
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min./batch
  • Makes
    10 dozen


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups chopped black walnuts or walnuts, divided


  • In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture. Stir in 1-1/4 cups walnuts. Finely chop the remaining nuts.
  • Shape dough into two 15-in. rolls. Roll in chopped nuts, pressing gently. Wrap each in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm.
  • Unwrap dough; cut into 1/4-in. slices. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Bake at 300° for 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 55 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 7mg cholesterol, 30mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • Terry
    Oct 29, 2019

    These were okay, but I usually use my black walnuts in my chocolate chip cookies, just like when I was a kid. We had huge black walnuts trees on my grandfather's farm and I never even heard of English walnuts until I left home. I hull my black walnut and store them uncracked for YEARS, then crack them as needed.

  • dglong
    Jan 21, 2017

    This is a keeper. Moist and chewy even after they cooled and easy to make. I only had English walnuts so I used them instead of black walnuts. Halved the recipe since there are only 2 of us in the house and they still turned out great. Will definitely put these in the baking rotation. Thanks for the recipe.

  • bb4joy
    Mar 3, 2016

    they were okay seems to me there is to much flour in them I think cutting down on the flour would not make them dry!!!

  • l2bake
    May 25, 2013

    These are very good. I cut the sugar down to one cup. And also cut the walnuts down to 1 cup too.

  • Dee1234
    Mar 26, 2010

    My Dad gave me some Black walnuts, we normally don't care for black walnuts but made these for my Dad. They were so-o-o-o good. Then I lost the receipe again and plan to make them soon. Don't change a thing.