Cookies with chocolate are always good, right? Even better with walnuts – which also fit the winter season. In this Walnut Stars Holiday Cookies recipe, I have added walnuts to the classic cookie-cutter recipe. Cookie cutters shaped like stars are especially good in this case because you can easily choose two different sizes, put them on top of each other and it already looks nice. Add chocolate and walnuts and you have delicious holiday cookies. Instead of dark chocolate or chocolate couverture between the two cookies, you can also use jam. I would choose one with a taste that reminds you of Christmas, or something in the direction of apricot or orange and spice it up with cinnamon.
A little tip from me: The FVR Zeitlos Chinese Chef’s Knife can be used here, if the cut-out cookies cannot be easily removed from the kitchen plate or if you easily want to transport them on the baking tray.
Make a classic short pastry and add the ground walnuts for these walnut stars holiday cookies: Mix the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, ground walnuts and egg yolks in a large bowl. Add the cold butter in flakes and knead it quickly with your hands (if your hand mixer is strong enough, you can also try using it, but in the end kneading with your hands will help).
Allow the dough to cool for at least 30 minutes before further processing. It can also be prepared the day before and left overnight.
Preheat the oven to 180° C / 350° F convection (200° C / 400° F top and bottom heat). Roll out the dough, if necessary dust it with flour to prevent it from sticking to the rolling pin. Then cut out the stars in different sizes.
Bake the cookies for 10 minutes, then let them cool down.
Melt the chocolate in a bain-marie and put a bit of the melted chocolate on the bigger stars to fix the smaller stars on top.
Decorate walnut stars holiday cookies with chocolate and walnuts.
In the case of the bain-marie, it is fine to put the chocolate in a heat-resistant cup in a pot with water and heat it up. No special equipment needed.