Ginger Walnut Cookies

Total Time
1 Hr, 30 Mins


Crunchy and sweet, these walnut cookies are perfect for any occasion. A great alternative to traditional sugar cookies for the holidays as they can be cut into festive shapes!

Total Time

Prep Time
20 Mins
Cook Time
1 Hr, 10 Mins
Total Time
1 Hr, 30 Mins


126 cal
Total Fat
6 g
18 mg
Polyunsaturated Fat
1 g
Trans Fat
0 g
42 mg
Monounsaturated Fat
1 g
Dietary Fiber
0 g
2 g
18 g


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup California walnuts, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup ginger, crystallized, finely chopped
  • Cinnamon Glaze (recipe follows)
Cinnamon Glaze
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Beat butter and sugar together in a large bowl until fluffy; stir in eggs and vanilla.
  2. Stir together flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt; add to butter mixture, mixing until thoroughly combined. Stir in walnuts and ginger. Wrap dough tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or until firm. (May be prepared up to a week ahead.)
  3. Preheat oven to 400°F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Using a portion of the dough, roll out 1/4-inch thick on a lightly floured board and cut into stars or other desired shapes.
  4. Place on prepared baking sheets and bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until lightly browned around the edges.
  5. Transfer cookies to a baking rack to cool before coating with a thin layer of Cinnamon Glaze. Store cookies in an airtight container.
Cinnamon Glaze
  1. Stir together 2 cups powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons milk and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon in a small bowl until smooth.