Crispy Walnut Cinnamon Cookies

Total Time
30 Mins


Walnuts add a crispy crunch to these cinnamon cookies. They are the perfect gift for any holiday. Why not spice up your Valentine’s Day meal by serving these for dessert?

Total Time

Prep Time
20 Mins
Cook Time
10 Mins
Total Time
30 Mins


55 cal
Total Fat
3 g
Polyunsaturated Fat
0.75 g
13 mg
24 mg
8 g
Dietary Fiber
0 g
1 g


  • 1/2 cup California walnuts
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 8 tablespoons butter, unsalted, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons sugar, used in different parts of the recipe
  • 1 egg, large
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon, ground


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Finely grind the walnuts in a food processor with the flour. In a bowl, stir together the walnuts, flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. Combine the butter and 3/4 cup of the sugar in another bowl and using an electric mixer, beat until light and fluffy, about 1 minute. Add the egg and beat until smooth. Mix in the dry ingredients until combined.
  4. In a small, shallow bowl, stir together the remaining 3 tablespoons sugar and the cinnamon. To shape each cookie, using a small spoon or ice cream scoop, scoop up a spoonful of the dough and roll between your palms into a 1-inch ball. As the balls are formed, roll them in the cinnamon sugar, coating evenly, and then place on the prepared baking sheets, spacing them 2 inches apart.
  5. Bake until golden brown, about 10 minutes. If you are baking more than one sheet at a time, at the midway point, switch the pans between the racks and rotate them 180°F to ensure even baking. Let cool on the pans to room temperature.