These buttery little Walnut Puff Cookies are definitely one of my all time favs for the holidays! You can also make them with pecans, and I’ve been making these walnut or pecan puff cookies for the holidays for over 30 years. They’re always one of the first cookies I make to kick off my holiday baking. It just wouldn’t be Thanksgiving or Christmas at our house without these melt in your mouth Walnut Puff Cookies.
Make the dough and place the small scoops on un-greased baking sheets. Bake in a preheated 350 degrees F oven for 10-12 minutes, or until the bottoms are light golden brown. *Make sure not to over bake. I always make a few dough balls before adding the the nuts, for those in our family that don’t like nuts.
See how the bottoms of the cookies are just a light golden color – that’s perfect! Let the cookies cool about 10 minutes and then give them a roll in the confectioners sugar.
- 2 cups flour, unbleached or all-purpose
- ¾ cup confectioners sugar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup butter, slightly melted
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- ¾ cups walnuts, chopped
- Ingredient for rolling the cookies in:
- ¾ - 1 cup confectioners sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a large mixing bowl put the flour, sugar, salt, the slightly melted butter and vanilla extract and blend on low until thoroughly mixed. Then add the chopped walnuts and blend on low again.
- Make the dough balls with a one (1) ounce cookie scooper and place them on un-greased baking sheets about 1" - 1½" apart. Place in a preheated 350 degrees F oven and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the bottoms are light golden brown. *Make sure not to over bake.
- Let cool 10 minutes. Put ¾ - 1 cup confectioners sugar in a small bowl, roll each cookie in it and place them on wax or parchment paper until completely cooled. Store in an airtight container.
The cookies are perfectly baked when the edges around the bottom of the cookies are a light golden color. Over baking them will dry the cookies out.
These cookies also freeze well and thaw quickly, which is perfect for holiday dessert platters.
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