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Walnut Cookies

The shape of these cookies, created using a walnut mold, gives a hint at what's sandwiched within.

  • yield: Makes 25 sandwich cookies

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Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 6 ounces (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon walnut liqueur
  • Confectioners' sugar, for mold
  • Chocolate-Walnut Filling

Cook's Note

Cookies will keep, covered, for up to 2 days.

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Whisk flour, salt, cinnamon, and ginger in a medium bowl. Beat butter, cream cheese, and sugars with a mixer on medium speed until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in yolk and walnut liqueur, then add flour mixture, beating until just combined. Form dough into a 1-inch-thick disk, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate for 1 hour.

  2. Step 2

    Using a dry pastry brush, generously dust a walnut springerle mold with confectioners' sugar. Cut a piece of dough about the size of the mold (available from House on the Hill). Press dough into mold with fingers, working from center. Gently coax dough out of mold with fingertips and onto a baking sheet, and trim edges with a knife. Repeat, spacing cookies 1 inch apart on sheets and cleaning mold often. Freeze for 1 hour.

  3. Step 3

    Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Bake cookies until set, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool on sheets on wire racks. Pipe or spread 1 teaspoon chocolate-walnut filling on flat side of 1 cookie. Press flat side of another cookie onto filling to sandwich. Repeat with remaining cookies and filling.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, December 2008

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Reviews (48)

  • Happy baker 24 Oct, 2012

    This is my second year making these delicious cookies.
    I love the flavors in the dough and the chocolate walnut filling. I make these cookies in the fall for gifts, instead of waiting for Christmas!
    Thanks again Martha for another awesome recipe!

  • sonne1234 22 Aug, 2012

    I made these cookies twice + here R some helpful tips. Chill dough @ least 3 hrs. to make them easier to un-mold I worked in batches + left half of dough in fridge while working with other half. Be sure to freeze them 1 hr . and I usually trim the edges while frozen . Couldn't taste the walnut liqueur. Filling is dry. Cookie tastes dryer when sandwiched and its kinda thick anyways. I prefer to just leave the halves and eat them as such, You get more like that anyways.

  • rock63roll64 7 Dec, 2010

    THESE COOKIES LOOK LIKE SO MUCH FUN TO MAKE AND DELICIOUS TOO! BIOEMPRESS...YOU ARE A GENIUS MAKING YOUR OWN MOLD! I I THINK I WILL TRY THAT. THANKS FOR THE IDEA!!! HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!

  • Blueydgal9 22 Nov, 2010

    Please help....I ordered the gorgeous molds from House on the Hill and couldn't notice that the "official" recipe of the cookie is a tad different from Martha's. did anyone try both?? Which is better? How do they compare? Any input is appreciated! :)

  • oceanrocker 11 Dec, 2009

    +I+just+ordered+the+pinecone+boxes+that+the+cookies+were+displayed+in.++I+ordered+them+from+www.blumchen.com+%28Martha%27s+favorite+source+for+crafting+supplies%29....

  • Marthacookies 26 Feb, 2009

    You can buy the walnut molder at KING ARTHUR's website. I bought mine a year ago. The molder has a teflon coating. They also have a recipe for the cookies. Thanks
    Bessie Yap-Sarmiento

  • barbarabunny09 28 Jan, 2009

    I LIVE IN THE CLEVELAND OHIO AREA . DOES ANYONE KNOW WHERE TO GET THE SPRINGERLE WALNUT COOKIE MOLD?
    THANKS BARB FOLDS

  • petunia-127 2 Jan, 2009

    Did anyone else find it impossible to get these out of the mold? I used a walnut shaped plastic candy mold (used for chocolates) and just could not get the dough out of the mold. And yes, I did dust with powdered sugar first. I ended up just rolling them into balls with my hands. Didn't want to sink the $$$ into the springerle mold (which wasn't available at the time anyway). did that mold make it easier?

  • chmurag 28 Dec, 2008

    I used Frangelico (hazelnut liquer) and couldn't even taste it. Did anyone use the walnut liquer? Is it worth it?

  • chmurag 28 Dec, 2008

    I had to wait for both the walnut mold and the snowman and little boy mold, but they came sooner than promised. This is a small company, from what I can gather, and they tried to keep up with the demand. By the way, the snowman springerle cookie is not only beautiful but a delicious "dunking" cookie.

  • chmurag 28 Dec, 2008

    Druffing,
    Buy the molds from www.houseonthehill.net. These were a big hit on the Christmas table!

  • druffing 23 Dec, 2008

    Does anyone know where to buy the molds?

  • kittiestyle 21 Dec, 2008

    I bought the metal molds from KingArthurFlour.com (50 to a pack). Because they are metal, it's not easy to brush on the sugar. After making the dough balls, I used the grease on my fingers to rub each mold, dipped in the sugar, then spread the dough in them. It was hard to get the dough out, so I put them in the freezer for about 5 minutes...took them out of the molds (much easier), then put them on the tray

  • petunia-127 12 Dec, 2008

    The walnut liqueur is not available around here. In your opinion, what would be a better substitue - almond or hazelnut liqueur?

  • bioempress 10 Dec, 2008

    For anyone interested in making their own, I made one using polymer clay (Sculpey) and a walnut shell to make the impression. All you do is make the imprint and bake in the oven for 15 minutes and let it cool. after that it goes rock hard. It workes perfectly well and hardly cost me anything. You can find sculpey at craft and arts stores.

  • bioempress 10 Dec, 2008

    For anyone interested in making their own, I made one using polymer clay (Sculpey) and a walnut shell to make the impression. All you do is make the imprint and bake in the oven for 15 minutes and let it cool. after that it goes rock hard. It workes perfectly well and hardly cost me anything. You can find sculpey at craft and arts stores.

  • cr8z1 10 Dec, 2008

    What else could be used in place of the Walnut Liqueur?

  • cr8z1 9 Dec, 2008

    The mold at House on the Hill is a much better mold than the one from Amazon, but the one from Amazon will work in a pinch until you can get the one from "H on the H".

  • cr8z1 9 Dec, 2008

    Sorry for all the postings, this is my first time posting!

  • cr8z1 9 Dec, 2008

    I got my walnut cookie mold through Amazon for $2.15 plus shipping.

  • cr8z1 9 Dec, 2008

    I got my walnut cookie mold through Amazon for $2.15 plus shipping.

  • cr8z1 9 Dec, 2008

    I got my walnut cookie mold through Amazon for $2.15 plus shipping.

  • cr8z1 9 Dec, 2008

    I got my walnut cookie mold through Amazon for $2.15 plus shipping.

  • cr8z1 9 Dec, 2008

    I got my walnut cookie mold through Amazon for $2.15 plus shipping.

  • cr8z1 9 Dec, 2008

    I got my walnut cookie mold through Amazon for $2.15 plus shipping.

  • cr8z1 9 Dec, 2008

    I got my walnut cookie mold through Amazon for $2.15 plus shipping.

  • cr8z1 9 Dec, 2008

    I got my walnut cookie mold through Amazon for $2.15 plus shipping.

  • cr8z1 9 Dec, 2008

    I got my walnut cookie mold through Amazon for $2.15 plus shipping.

  • cr8z1 9 Dec, 2008

    I got my walnut cookie mold through Amazon for $2.15 plus shipping.

  • cr8z1 9 Dec, 2008

    I got my walnut cookie mold through Amazon for $2.15 plus shipping.

  • cr8z1 9 Dec, 2008

    I got my walnut cookie mold through Amazon for $2.15 plus shipping.

  • cr8z1 9 Dec, 2008

    I got my walnut cookie mold through Amazon for $2.15 plus shipping.

  • cr8z1 9 Dec, 2008

    I got my walnut cookie mold through Amazon for $2.15 plus shipping.

  • cr8z1 9 Dec, 2008

    I got my walnut cookie mold through Amazon for $2.15 plus shipping.

  • cr8z1 9 Dec, 2008

    I got my walnut cookie mold through Amazon for $2.15 plus shipping.

  • HillerBean 9 Dec, 2008

    I ordered a walnut mold from House on the Hill acouple weeks ago when I got the Living mag with the cookies on the cover. I just got it yesterday and it is really beautiful and good quality. It is a bummer that they are already out but it is worth waiting for... then you could make them next year.

  • rufus31 9 Dec, 2008

    King Arthur Flour catalog and online has walnut molds. Set of 50 for 24.95. Here's the link. http://www.kingarthurflour.com/shop/detail.jsp?id=4310

  • mary12986 8 Dec, 2008

    check out candy molds

  • mary12986 8 Dec, 2008

    i'm thinking to try making my own mold .. walnut ... plaster of paris... but how to make it food safe ?????

  • rclark59 8 Dec, 2008

    I'm disappointed also the last order date was Sunday 12/07/08, but the show didn't air until today 12/08/08. I would have thought they would have extended the date until after the show aired. I need the molds this month not next month.

  • kateivy 8 Dec, 2008

    OOPPSSS$$$ THE late night cookies elves will do that sometimes . The walnut
    molds I saw were acorns and they make 18 from Sonoma for $36 or so Would
    be a nice heirloom to pass down to daughters or sons if they bake . Would like to
    make the Healthy versions of Christmas cookies anybody have some???

  • kateivy 8 Dec, 2008

    i just looked last week late nite cookie elves dreams and saw on internet
    Wm. Sonoma had a group mold of full size walnuts that made 10 or so ata time
    but cost lots of nuts . Would like to get one as a gift though????? IIS MArtha
    sending messages in our cookie bakiing dreams???? Today she had walnut cookies.

  • mrogers2345 8 Dec, 2008

    I am very disappointed that I could not order the moldl!! You think they would have made sure they had enough of them on hand. She does reach over millons of viewers on a daily basis!!!

  • kortnie 8 Dec, 2008

    If you're unable to view that whole link, just go to houseonthehill.com, and search for walnut mold in the search bar. :)

  • hellebore 8 Dec, 2008

    Yes, i would like to know also.

  • tomko 8 Dec, 2008

    Did anyone catch the source for the walnut mold? Martha mentioned a web site on today's show, but I can't remember it. Thanks!