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French Christmas Cookies

These moist treats will have everyone reaching for more. Folks tell me they enjoy these French Christmas cookies. In fact, the batches I make ahead for my family and store in the freezer until Christmas seem to mysteriously disappear each year—even though the chocolate topping I put on before serving hasn't been added yet! —Judy Wilder, Mankato, Minnesota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    about 2-1/2 dozen


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 2-3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 cups finely chopped walnuts
  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips, melted


  • Preheat oven to 375°. In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in milk. Gradually beat cracker crumbs into creamed mixture. Stir in walnuts and 2 cups chocolate chips.
  • Fill 2-in. foil baking cup liners three-fourths full. Place 1 in. apart in 15x10x1-in. baking pans. Bake 10-12 minutes or until set. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • Drizzle with melted chocolate; let stand until set. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • To melt chocolate chips, seal them in a zip-top bag and put it in a pan of hot water. After a few minutes, knead the bag to smooth the chocolate, then cut a small hole in a corner of the bag to pipe out the chocolate.
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  • Nutrition Facts
    1 cookie: 224 calories, 13g fat (5g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 85mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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    • Luvmenow70
      Dec 21, 2019

      I made these cookies today and they are delicious. You can’t have just one. I was hoping to keep some for Christmas. I doubt that will happen. Lol. Great recipe

    • Antonia
      Dec 23, 2018

      I just made these and they came out perfectly! The only glitch was the melted chocolate drizzle. Even cutting the tiny hole in the bag it wasn’t fluid enough to drizzle so I just put a dot of chocolate on each one. My husband can’t stop eating them. They’ll be gone before Christmas. Not sure why other reviewers had such troubles, but these are a hit in my house. Tres bon!

    • Davin
      Dec 19, 2017

      DO NOT MAKE THESE! This recipe is a waste of time, imagine oatmeal cookies that fall apart into a million pieces. Basically that is this recipe, if you want to serve your dessert with spoons then go ahead half of the cookie sticks to the cupcake tin regardless of spray or it being parchment paper. Thanks for wasting my ingredients, money, and time!

    • SonjaVK
      Dec 25, 2015

      Decided to try these out for our family get togethers this Christmas and will definitely make them again. I used mini parchment paper cups in mini cupcake pan (to help hold shape) and they come out super easy, no non-stick spray required. Also I used green food coloring with white chocolate chips for the drizzle and did Christmas trees for the holidays. I will say I goofed on my first batch and they were really messy, but that's because I didn't add enough graham cracker crumbs.

    • TeresaKP
      Nov 15, 2015

      Agree with CraftyJen, would not make these again!

    • puffybloomers
      Aug 28, 2015

      used paper cups in a mini muffin pan. If you spray them first they pop right out. Used peanut butter and mini choc. chips. also used pecans instead of walnuts. pretty good reciped. My husband rated them a B

    • CraftyJen
      Dec 7, 2014

      I followed the recipe exactly and the cookies stuck to the foil cup. The outside of the cookie was firm and after baking them for 13 minutes, the centers were soft and fell apart. Very messy and a waste of money spent on the ingredients.

    • swtasgld
      Dec 13, 2012

      made them for the first time they were a hit !!!!

    • GrandmaJodyII
      Dec 9, 2012

      I was disappointed in the texture. Next time I would not chop the walnuts so fine as the chocolate chips seem overwhelming. I have not baked all of them yet and put some miniature marshmallows in the freezer and hope my chopper will chop them up a bit. Think a little white would add to the color--maybe a few chopped cherries too!Jody

    • imaknitter2
      Dec 7, 2012

      Not sure what happened. Followed recipe exactly and the result wasn't good. Sorry I wasted all those walnuts :0(