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Whole-Wheat Walnut Shortbread Cookies

Buttery and crisp shortbread cookies made with walnuts and whole wheat flour pairs perfectly with a cup of coffee, tea or milk.

It comes together in one bowl and no mixers required. Stir together butter and sugar until creamy, then followed by yolk and vanilla. Mix all dry ingredients, roll, chill, cut and bake.

Cream butter & sugar and then yolk + vanilla
Add dry walnut + flour mixture
Stir to combine
Roll into 1/4-inch thickness between parchment paper
chill and cut
Sprinkle coarse sugar

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Whole-Wheat Walnut Shortbread Cookies


1 cup walnuts (refer notes_1)

3/4 cup whole wheat flour

1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon all purpose flour 

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature

1/2 cup sugar

1 large egg yolk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablepoon turbinado / coarse sugar (refer notes_2)


1. Finely mince walnuts or crush them with a rolling pin (until no pieces are more than 1/4-inch) .

2. Whisk together chopped walnuts, both flours and salt in a bowl and set aside.

3. Cream butter and sugar with a wooden spatula for 2-3 minutes, until creamy. (Alternatively, it can be creamed with a hand held electric beater for about 1 minute). Add yolk and vanilla and cream for another minute. Stir in the flour mixture, until thoroughly combined.

4. Roll dough between two sheets of parchment, until 1/4 inch thick. Transfer dough (along with parchment papers) onto a baking sheet and place in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours (up to one day), until hardened.

5. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

7. Remove from oven and place baking sheet on a wire rack to cool completely..

Makes 20 cookies


      1. Make sure that you don’t crush walnuts to a fine powder, we want some texture. Also, we don’t want big chunks. I placed walnuts in a ziplock bag, sealed and crushed with a meat mallet. A rolling pin will work too. Alternatively, walnuts can be crushed in a food processor. (I prefer zip lock method <—- less clean up)

      2. Use any coarse sugar you have on hand. If not, plain white sugar will work too. 



Thursday 23rd of January 2020

Baking these cookies in a 325 degree oven for 30 minutes, burnt them to a crisp. They only need about half that time, if that. I think you made a mistake and should consider editing this to save other people the wasted time. It's a shame because otherwise they would have tasted great.

Maria Doss

Friday 24th of January 2020

I'm so sorry that your cookies burnt:( 325°f is fairly a low temperature which gives the cookies a slow, low baking.But then, every oven is different. So, as per your suggestion, I have updated the time in the recipe card. I sincerely appreciate your honest feedback:)


Thursday 24th of January 2019

Hi, how many grams of butter do I need for the cookies? A "stick" could be anywhere from 80 grams to 1 kilo.

Thanks :)

Maria Doss

Thursday 24th of January 2019

113 grams :)