Ginger Walnut Cookies

Garrison Wayne


These Ginger Walnut Cookies could easily be your next favorite cookie. They are certainly popular at my house. The gentle heat of the ginger and the distinctive flavor of the walnuts make a very satisfying combination. The addition of the golden raisins lends an extra sweetness and chew to the experience. This recipe makes for the perfect “Fall Season” cookie......but you will find that it’s also a perfect “Anytime” cookie.
Note: these must be rationed if there is a Cookie Monster in the house.


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38 cookies
20 Min
45 Min


  • 1 1/2 stick
    butter, unsalted
  • 3/4 c
  • 3/4 c
    brown sugar
  • 1 large
    egg plus 1 large yolk
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1 tsp
    ground ginger
  • 1 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1/1/2 tsp
    baking powder
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp
    bourbon (can substitute dark rum or brandy)
  • 1 c
    chopped walnuts
  • 1 c
    golden raisins (do not substitute black raisins)
  • 2 1/4 c
    all purpose flour

How to Make Ginger Walnut Cookies


  1. In a mixing bowl cream the butter (should be softened) with the sugars. Beat until fluffy using a mixer. Add the egg and extra yolk and mix well. Add the vanilla and bourbon and mix well. Add the salt, ginger, baking soda and baking powder and mix well.
  2. Stir in the walnuts, golden raisins, and flour. Mix well. At this point you can bake the cookies, but for a slightly higher rise, chill the dough for 1 hour before baking.
  3. To bake, have the oven preheated to 375 degrees or 350 degrees for a convection oven. Make balls of dough 1 1/4 - 1 1/2 inch in size. Leaving a couple of inches between the the balls of dough, bake on an ungreased cookie sheet for 11 minutes. (Check at 10 minutes if your oven is hot or baking sheet is darkened.
  4. Remove baked cookies from the oven and rest a minute before transferring to a rack with a spatula to cool completely.
  5. Store the cooled cookies in an airtight container. Makes approximately 38 cookies.

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