Tender, buttery, crisp, whole wheat, walnut shortbread cookies that are perfect for Halloween.
I can't handle it.
Halloween is right around the corner.
I'm all set to dance.... around some spooky trees, that is.
My favorite whole wheat walnut shortbreads
A delicious cookie with a cup of joe.
But, can we spookify them??
The best part, no fancy cookie cutters required!
For more detailed pictures on making the walnut shortbread cookies, click here
Coarsely grind walnuts in a mini food processor or place them in a ziplock bag and crush with a rolling pin, until they look like this. Then, make cookie dough---->
Roll dough, chill until firm and cut circles.
Cut circles on two ends to look like this--->
Place one cut end over the middle part to look like this ---> (re roll the other end with scraps to make more cookies). Bake
Spread melted semi-sweet chocolate over the tree top and place a candy eyeball. Let dry
Spooky tree cookies
- 1 cup walnuts
- ¾ cup whole wheat flour
- 5 tablespoons all purpose flour
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature (1 stick)
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup semi sweet chocolate chips
- 15 candy eye balls
- Finely mince walnuts in a mini food processor or place them in a zip lock bag and crush with a rolling pin, until no pieces are larger than ¼-inch (refer pictures).
- Whisk together chopped walnuts, both flours and salt in a bowl and set aside.
- Cream butter and sugar with a wooden spoon for 2-3 minutes, until creamy. (Alternatively, it can be creamed with a hand held electric beater for about 30 seconds). Add yolk and vanilla, cream for another minute. Stir in the flour mixture, until thoroughly combined. Shape dough into a disc.
- Roll dough between two sheets of parchment, until slightly less than ¼ inch thick. Transfer dough (along with parchment papers) onto a baking sheet and place in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours (up to one day), until firm.
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Remove dough from refrigerator, remove top parchment, cut circles with a 3-inch round cookie cutter.
- Using the same cookie cutter, cut 2 opposite sides of the circle, making a tree trunk (refer pictures). Place one cut end over the tree trunk, to make a tree top (refer pictures). (Re roll the other cut end along with scraps to make more cookies).
- Using a flat spatula, gently transfer the prepared cookie dough onto the parchment lined baking sheet. Repeat process to make remaining cookies. and place on the prepared baking sheet, about ½-inch apart.(Gather scraps together, roll again, chill and make more cookies).
- Place the baking sheet back in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to chill the dough. Bake cookies in the middle rack of the oven for about 25-30 minutes, until deep golden brown. Remove from oven and place baking sheet on a wire rack to cool completely.
- Place chocolate chips in a small microwavable bowl, microwave on high until ¾th melted (about 1-½ minutes). Stir every 20 seconds. Remove bowl from microwave and stir until full melted.
- Using a small spoon, spread some melted chocolate on the tree tops (do not slather too much, just enough to coat will suffice). I didn't bother making it smooth, since I loved the way the swirled chocolate made it look more like a tree. But, you can smooth if you'd like. (This cookie is a tender, delicious shortbread. So, always work with cookie on the counter to avoid breaking them).
- Immediately, press a eyeball in the middle. Let cookies stand at room temperature, until chocolate sets.
Nutritional information is based on third party calculations, should be considered estimates and not be construed as a guarantee. Varying factors such as product types, brands purchased, produce, the way ingredients are processed and more change the nutritional information in any recipe.
Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen
These are so clever, Maria! I have such a weakness for shortbread so these cuties need to happen soon in my kitchen!
Ashika @ Gardening Foodie
These are the cutest little spooky trees,I have seen.My little niece will absolutely adore these little treats. I love the recipe, really yummy!
Thank you so much Ashika. I'm sure she'll love them:)
Kelly @ Kelly Lynns Sweets and Treats
So cute!!!! And these cookies sound so yummy too 🙂 xoxo
Kaylie | Healthy Hacks
What an adorable idea! I love the mix of walnuts and whole wheat flour, too 🙂
Thank you so much:)
These look so cute and very creative! Love shortbread, that too with WWF! I have to make these, but without the candy eyeballs 🙁 Love your imagination!
Thank you so much Vanitha. I love the rustic look of whole wheat flour, that looked more tree like.
Thanks Vanitha. Eyeballs make it Halloweeny!!!
Thank you very much Vanitha
Wow! So creative!! These spooky tree cookies are so much fun to make! And I have never tried walnut flour in shortbread cookie dough.. Sounds yummy!