Deeply scented cookies have a crispy/chewy texture and the rich crunch of walnuts.
(I’ve been on a spice tear after reading DUNE). They are fast and easy to make and your kitchen will smell wonderful as they bake. The key is the spice mixture: heavy on cinnamon with three others to lend intrigue: cayenne, allspice, and nutmeg.
Spiced Walnut Cookies
1 1/2 cups (11 oz) light brown sugar
1/2 cup (3 1/2 oz) white sugar
2 sticks unsalted butter, room temp
2 large eggs, room temp
2 1/3 cups (12 oz) all purpose flour
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 TB ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp cayennne pepper
1/4 tsp ground allspice
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
2 cups walnuts, coarse chop
Preheat oven to 375. Cream butter and sugars until combined. Add eggs and beat until fluffy. Combine dry ingredients, then add to butter mixture. Mix on low until just combined. Fold in walnuts. Place balls of dough (2 – 3 TB per scoop) at least 2 inches apart on your baking sheet. If desired, top each ball of dough with additional walnuts before baking.
Bake for 13 to 15 minutes, until the outer edges are lightly browned but the center is still a little soft. Transfer to cooling rack to cool.