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Package some of these buttery, nut-edged cookies in a pretty jar as a gift.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2004



Cook's Notes

The dough can be shaped into logs and frozen for up to 2 weeks. Cookies can be stored in airtight containers at room temperature up to 3 days.

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  • miracledebtor
    22 DEC, 2008
    Gee, I don't see any leavening in this baking soda or baking powder..what are these things little bricks?? I mean how can they be soft at all, or are they hard cookies? No eggs or other leavening to me shows a rather hard cement like cookie? am I right? salt for leavening here to react with..confused here...
    • tanyaestes5237592
      10 FEB, 2018
      Hey Mr. Miracle - have you ever heard of shortbread? Salt to react? How about salt for balancing flavor? Leavening- yeah, not for all cookies. You are not so scientifcally knowledgeable in pastry after all. Try picking apart a topic you actually know something about.
  • MS11443312
    15 NOV, 2017
    This recipe is da bomb! I made these one Christmas, and now I need to bring them every year. My family doesn't care about any other cookie that I bring, just these! They are not difficult to make and aren't too sweet.
  • abritt333
    23 MAR, 2017
    Awesome cookies and really easy to make. I made them and froze them so all I had to do was slice and bake when needed. I was able to get walnuts to stick on the log by letting it sit at room temp for about 30 minutes. The outside was soft and sticky and easily held the chopped walnuts. The texture is tender and flakey. They are not very sweet and perfect for coffee or tea. My family loves them.
  • MS112632897
    13 DEC, 2015
    LOVE these cookies at the holidays. They are like shortbread but much more consistent. I have not been able to get the nuts on the outside to stick so I am going to try dipping them in chocolate. Yum!
  • KatrinaRachel
    8 DEC, 2011
    A Christmas 'must have' around our house. If you don't have a powerful mixer, mix the dough with your clean hands by squeezing it together until it forms a ball and then roll into log shapes. Excellent for freezing ahead. These are one of our 'most requested' cookies for the local cookie exchange.
  • shop3856
    31 OCT, 2011
    However did you work with this sticky dough to shape it?
  • Magicpie77
    5 FEB, 2010
    these were great! buttery and crisp. Excellent with black coffee! i agree: be careful with amt of salt you put in, they can get quite salty if you over estimate.
  • Tchr4vr
    17 JAN, 2010
    Oh YUM! As I always do with a new recipe (so far so good) I make a quarter batch. I simply followed the directions using as close to 1/4 of each ingredient. I also didn't roll, freeze, etc. I made balls of the dough, pressed down with a fork and baked the same time at the same temp. OH MY - were they good - coarse salt and all. unsalted butter is a must. I also used almonds rather than walnuts. nicely sweet. only slightly salty, crunchy and soft centered -- gotta make a full
  • smd1227
    16 JAN, 2010
    To Jnetti: They were out of this world with macadamias. The nuts toasted up very nicely and had a lovely flavor. I then tried chopped almond slivers, which were also good, but the macadamias were best.
  • monicamaspillaga
    1 JAN, 2009
    they are a delicius and soft cookies like shortbread

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