Walnut Shortbread Recipe

Walnut Shortbread Recipe

How To Make Walnut Shortbread

Whip up a batch of crispy, fragrant sweet treats with this easy shortbread recipe! It’s made slightly boozy with a touch of brandy for the flakiest snack.

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 15 minutes
Rest and Chill Time: 45 minutes
Total: 1 hour 10 minutes



  • ¾cupbutter
  • ½cupconfectioner’s sugar
  • 1egg
  • tbspwater
  • 2tbspbrandy
  • 1tspsalt
  • cupsall purpose flour,unbleached
  • 1tspbaking powder
  • ½cupwalnuts,finely chopped
  • ½cupbrown sugar
  • ½cupground walnuts


  1. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Combine the butter and confectioner’s sugar in the bowl of a food processor, then process with the metal blade for 2 minutes until smooth.

  3. Add the egg, water, brandy, salt, half of the flour, and baking powder and process for an additional 2 minutes.

  4. Gradually add the remaining flour and finely chopped walnuts and process for another 1 minute or 2 until the dough forms a neat ball in the work bowl.

  5. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and let rest in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

  6. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

  7. Roll out the dough on a floured work surface to form a 1½-inch diameter log. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 15 minutes.

  8. Brush the log with the beaten egg. Mix together the brown sugar and ground walnuts and press the mixture on all sides of the log to cover evenly.

  9. Using a sharp chef’s knife, slice the log into ¼-inch thick cookies. Place ½-inch apart on the cookie sheet. Brush the tops with the remaining beaten egg and sprinkle with the remaining brown sugar-walnut mixture.

  10. Bake for 15 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool.

  11. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Store in an airtight jar. The cookies will stay fresh at room temperature for at least 1 week.


  • Calories: 93.84kcal
  • Fat: 5.71g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.06g
  • Trans Fat: 0.19g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 1.38g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.89g
  • Carbohydrates: 9.38g
  • Fiber: 0.26g
  • Sugar: 4.36g
  • Protein: 1.09g
  • Cholesterol: 17.53mg
  • Sodium: 48.84mg
  • Calcium: 17.83mg
  • Potassium: 19.49mg
  • Iron: 0.39mg
  • Vitamin A: 41.12µg
  • Vitamin C: 0.02mg
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