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Friday, December 21, 2012

Walnut Cookies

This recipe is kinda time consuming and finicky..it comes from a 2011 issue of Martha Stewart's Holiday Cookies. Enough said right, it's Martha territory here.  I'm kinda in a love/hate relationship with MS.  She's a baking queen and everything she makes is perfect...bitch! But LOOK at these cookies!! For me, nothing gets more festive than that cookie. Although they didn't turn out as pretty as the picture in the magazine, I really think they look great and will make a nice addition to all our christmas cookies this year.

  Cookies from the magazine.  So pretty!!  It is suggested that you use a walnut springerle mold to form the cookies. Thanks MS. 

I've never seen a springerle mold and don't know where I could buy them.  I found these tiny metal ones at Golda's Kitchen 
As mentioned above, they were very finicky and time consuming, but I think the finished product was worth it.

Here is the finished cookie. I love them!
Here is the recipe if you would like to give them a try.

Walnut Cookies

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ginger
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
3 oz cream cheese
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 large egg yolk
1 tbsp walnut liqueur, such as Nocello

  • Have all ingredients at room temp
  • whisk to combine all the dry ingredients into a bowl
  • In a separate bowl, beat butter, cream cheese, and both sugars on med speed until fluffy, 3 to 4 mins
  • beat in egg yolk and liqueur, then add flour mixture at low speed, beating until just combined
  • shape dough into a disk and chill for 1 hr
  • Using a pastry brush, generously dust a walnut mold with icing sugar.  Cut a piece of dough about the size of the mold.  Press dough light working from the centre and then gently coax the dough out and place on parchment lined baking sheet
  • Chill the shaped cookies for 1 hr
  • Preheat oven to 325 and bake for 25-30mins.
  • Let cool completely on wire rack
  • Spread about a teaspoon size amount of filling on flat side of one cookie, then sandwich with the flat side of another to make a whole walnut
Chocolate-Walnut Filling

6 tbsp unsalted butter
1 cup icing sugar
1/2 cup walnuts toasted and finely chopped
pinch of salt
5 oz chopped semi sweet chocolate melted

  • beat butter and sugar with mixer on med speed until pale and fluffy 3-4mins
  • beat in walnuts and salt until combined
  • beat in melted chocolate until well combined
  • use immediately 

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