Santa’s Little Walnut Helpers

  • Yield 1 dozen
  • Prep 25 mins
  • Cook 20 mins


1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup sour cream
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup chopped California walnuts
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 -- egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon water



  1. In small mixing bowl stir together sugar, sour cream and cinnamon until smooth. 

  2. Stir in walnuts; set aside.


  1.  In mixing bowl bream butter and sugar.  Add egg and vanilla; beat until light and fluffy.  On low speed gradually add dry ingredients, beating just until smooth. 

  2. Divide dough into twelve equal parts.  Roll dough into balls and place 3 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. 

  3. With your fingertip, make a wide, round depression in the center of each cookie, reaching almost to the edges and leaving a rim.  Fill depression in cookies with walnut topping, mounding fairly high above rims. 

  4. Bake in 350Foven 15 to 20 minutes, until filling is set.  Transfer cookies to rack to cool. 

  5. To make icing, mix powdered sugar and water until smooth.  Drizzle over rims of cookies.




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