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Black Walnut Cookies Recipe

Black Walnut Cookies Recipe

These are the first cookies I learned to bake. Grandmother and I made them for the holidays when I was a child. Hulling and shelling those nuts was a difficult and time-consuming job for Grandma. Our whole family enjoyed these yummy cookies even more knowing how much love she put into making them.—Doug Black, Conover, North Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min./batch YIELD:60 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 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


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. 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. Yield: 10 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 109 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 67mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

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dglong User ID: 1612099 260047
Reviewed 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 User ID: 1059483 244842
Reviewed 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 User ID: 2030987 83109
Reviewed 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 User ID: 2385537 31306
Reviewed 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."

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