Saturday, November 19, 2011


If you follow my posts, you know I grew up with big black walnut trees.  So I have black walnuts in this recipe.  Feel free to substitute other nuts, if you don't have or don't like black walnuts.

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup shortening
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 cup chopped black walnuts, optional

In a large mixing bowl, combine the butter, shortening, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract until creamy.  Blend in 1 cup of the flour along with the baking powder and salt until combined.  Blend in the remaining flour.  Chill dough for at least an hour or until easy to handle.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

On a lightly floured surface, using a lightly floured rolling pin, roll dough out to about 1/8-inch thickness.  Use cookie cutters to cut into shapes or using a glass and cut out circles.  Place on ungreased baking sheets and bake at 400 degrees for 6 to 8 minutes or until very lightly browned.  Do not overbake!

Yield: Approximately 4 dozen depending on shapes and sizes.

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