Honey Walnut Cookies

Soft, sweet, and studded with crunchy walnuts, these sugar-coated Honey Walnut Cookies will be a delightful surprise to any holiday cookie tray. 

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored on behalf of #ChristmasCookies. Our generous sponsors have provided us with products for recipe creation and a giveaway for our readers. As always, all opinions are my own.

view from above, honey walnut cookies on a white dish, set on top of a green and gold cloth

Today’s the last day of Christmas Cookies Week and I’ve bookmarked more recipes than I could ever eat. If you haven’t already, be sure to enter the giveaway below the recipe. 

There are some things that make me think of Christmas cookies. Warm spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg. The cookies I grew up making with my mom and grandparents – like colorful spritz cookies in the shapes of Christmas trees and flowers, a Polish fried dough cookies called chrust, or my dad’s favorite Molasses cookies. Many years, we made cakes – Almond Kringle from my dad’s family and Sponge Cake and Honey Cake from my mom’s family. Those were all enjoyed as more of a breakfast or snack than a dessert. 

While these cookies aren’t a classic Christmas cookie, the honey and spiced flavors remind me of  some of the Christmas flavors I’ve enjoyed over the years. 

two honey walnut cookies on a baking sheet, with a corner of green and gold cloth slipping onto a corner of the baking sheet

Recipe Notes for Honey Walnut Cookies:

  • Quantity: I halved this recipe as the original was supposed to make 8 dozen cookies. I also made larger cookie sizes, using a 1 1/2 Tbs. ice cream scoop to portion into golf ball-sized balls of dough, rather than the 1 Tbs. size called out in the recipe.
  • Baking Sheets: I used baking sheets (affiliate link) from Anolon for this recipe, which are amazing. With these baking sheets, there’s no need to line with parchment paper. With others, you may want to.

view from above, honey walnut cookies on an anolon baking sheet, sitting on top of green and gold cloth

Don’t forget to check out the other Christmas Cookies being shared today: 

thumb and index finger holding a single honey walnut cookie, set on a green and gold cloth background

two honey walnut cookies on a baking sheet, with a corner of green and gold cloth slipping onto a corner of the baking sheet

Honey Walnut Cookies

Soft, sweet, and studded with crunchy walnuts, these sugar-coated Honey Walnut Cookies will be a delightful surprise to any holiday cookie tray. 

Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Author Liz


  • 2 Tbs. sugar
  • 1/2 c. unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 3/4 c. sugar
  • 1 large egg at room temperature
  • 1/4 c. good-quality honey
  • 1 Tbs. lemon juice
  • 2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/2 c. finely chopped walnuts toasted


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Set out two baking sheets and line with parchment paper or silpat. (If using Anolon baking sheets, there's no need to use parchment paper.) Set aside.
  2. Place 2 Tbs. sugar into a shallow bowl. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and 3/4 c. sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low and add eggs, honey and lemon juice. Scrape down sides of the bowl and add flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and ginger.
  4. Scrape down sides of the bowl and add walnuts - using either a rubber spatula or the stand mixer on low, stir to combine.
  5. Use a standard size (1 1/2 Tbs.) ice cream scoop to portion dough into balls. Roll between clean hands, if needed, to help form the ball. Roll dough in granulated sugar and set onto prepared baking sheet.
  6. Bake in preheated oven until just beginning to brown, 7-9 minutes. Allow to cool on baking sheet for a few minutes before moving to a wire rack to cool completely.
  7. Store in an air-tight container for up to 3-4 days.

Adapted from Taste of Home.

Christmas Cookies Week Giveaway

Welcome to #ChristmasCookies week where more than 25 bloggers are sharing cookie recipes perfect for your holiday celebrations. Hosted by Ellen from Family Around the Table, Christie from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures and Heather from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks, we invite you to not only check out the recipes but enter the amazing giveaway.

Don’t miss one delicious cookie recipe! Follow along on Pinterest.

Prize 1: Tower of Treats from Millican Pecan Company

Assorted Pecan goodies in a tin.

Originally founded as the West Texas Pecan Nursery in the late 1800’s, Millican Pecan is now in 5th generation ownership. Located in San Saba, TX, the family continues the tradition of pecan farming while also branching the business into the online world. The family also enjoys educating people about pecans. One winner will receive The Tower of Treats Gift Tins. The tower includes 3 decorative gift tins stacked on top of each other. The bottom tin includes our 2 lb. Chocolate Pecan Sampler, the middle tin is our Flavored Pecan Sampler and the top tin is an 8 oz. tin of Milk Chocolate Caramillicans (similar to Turtles). An $80 value.

Prize 2: An Assortment of Flavored Extracts from Adams Extract and Spices

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 In January 2013, Adams, one of the oldest continuously operated companies in Texas and one of oldest spice and extract companies in the United States, celebrated its 125th birthday and was awarded the Texas Treasure Business Award, an award sponsored by State Bill 920 that recognizes the accomplishments of Texas businesses that have provided employment opportunities and support to the state’s economy for at least 50 years and pays tribute to the state’s well-established businesses and their exceptional historical contributions toward the state’s economic growth and prosperity.

Today, Adams proudly manufactures and markets under several Adams Brand banners, including Adams Best®, Adams Extract®, Adams® Seasoning & Spice, Adams Reserve®, Flavor King™, Pantry Basics™, Sear-n-Crust®, ClearVan™, Carniceria®, Cocina del Rey®, Naturals™, and Urban Canner™ along with the Adams Frozen Skillet Desserts and Adams Premium Ice Cream lines. In addition, Adams is proud to manufacture for some of the nations most respected Private Label Brands as well as other legacy Regional Seasoning Brands and is used to flavor many commercially produced food products around the nation.

Prize 3: A Set of Baking Pans from Anolon

Baking pans

Established in the 1950’s, Meyer Manufacturing started by making and selling flashlights. In 1971 they started their journey into selling cookware. By 1986 they released the world’s first hard-anodized nonstick cookware which revolutionized the world of home cooking. Their nonstick surface didn’t flake or scratch easily.

Today they sell bakeware with nonstick interior and exterior made with a special sapphire-reinforced blend that is triple coated. NOTE: Color may vary from the photo above.

Prize 4: An Assorted Baking Box from Sweets & Treats

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Make Sweets & Treats your one-stop shop for all your holiday sprinkle needs. In addition to fun, festive and colorful sprinkles, Sweets & Treats offers cupcake liners, edible glitters, sugars, and more.

Founded in 2010 by Shannon Harvey out of an industry need for bold, bright cupcake liners and baking supplies that are the life of the party! Based in Louisiana, Sweets & Treats is a designer cupcake liner manufacturer and party supply company that creates exclusive greaseproof cupcake liners, sprinkles, sprinkle mixes, paper straws, and other baking supplies. 


Update: The Rafflecopter was removed from this post in July 2021, several months after the giveaway has closed, for improved reader experience. 

Soft, sweet, and studded with crunchy walnuts, these sugar-coated Honey Walnut Cookies will be a delightful surprise to any holiday cookie tray. 

Disclaimer: Four (4) winners will be selected. The prize packages will be sent directly from the giveaway sponsors. Bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment. Winners have 24 hours to respond once notified by email, or they forfeit the prize and an alternate winner will be chosen. The #ChristmasCookies bloggers are not responsible for the fulfillment or delivery of the prize packages. Bloggers hosting this giveaway and their immediate family members living in the household cannot enter or win the giveaway. Entries will be verified. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Giveaway open to US Residents only who are 18 years of age or older to enter giveaway. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter or any other social channel mentioned in the #ChristmasCookies posts or entry.

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