Since I’m the only one in the family who likes black walnuts, I make these occasionally just for myself.  They are small, buttery and delicious with the flavor and crunch of black walnuts.  The brandy doesn’t hurt either.


  • Servings: 6 doz. small cookies
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  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tblsp. brandy
  • 1 cup chopped black walnuts

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F

Cream butter, sugar, salt and vanilla.  Stir in flour, brandy and nuts.  Shape into 3/4-inch balls using about 1/2 tsp. dough.  Place on ungreased cookie sheets, one inch apart.  Bake @ 325 degrees F for approximately 20 minutes until golden brown.

Makes about 6 dozen cookies. 

I have a note in my recipe binder:  “From Better Homes & Gardens Cookies & Candies. First made October 22, 1986 – excellent.”

Over 20 years later, I still find them to be “excellent”.