Let’s bake cookies with candied ginger and black sesame seeds. Really! The “Walnut Cookies,” from the January/February 2020 issue of Bake from Scratch, make it all fun.

Walnut Cookies
Bake from Scratch, January/February 2020
Makes 32 cookies

⅓ cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
¼ cup granulated sugar
1 large egg, room temperature
2 Tbsp. firmly packed light brown sugar
2 Tbsp. canola oil
1 tsp. vanilla extract
¾ tsp. kosher salt
1¾ cups unbleached cake flour
½ tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. ground ginger
¼ tsp. baking soda
½ cup finely chopped toasted walnuts
¼ cup finely chopped candied ginger
Raw walnut halves, for topping
1 large egg white, lightly beaten
Black sesame seeds, for sprinkling

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 3 baking sheets with parchment paper

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat melted butter, granulated sugar, egg, brown sugar, oil, vanilla, and salt at medium speed until well combined, 1 to 2 minutes, stopping to scrape sides of bowl.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, ground ginger, and baking soda. Add flour mixture to butter mixture all at once; beat at low speed just until combined. Fold in chopped walnuts and candied ginger. Scoop less than 2 Tbsp. dough and roll into balls; place at least 1 inch apart on prepared pans. Flatten into ½-inch-thick, 2-inch-wide rounds; press a walnut half into center of each round. Brush tops with egg white; sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Bake until golden brown, 14 minutes. Remove from pans, and let cool completely on a wire rack.

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The batter comes together nicely in the mixer. Then, it’s easy to handle, rolling dough balls with your hands.

Enjoy the novelties of that candied ginger and black sesame seeds. The final result are cookies that aren’t overly sweet. Instead, you’ll taste the walnuts, the ginger, and the butter. Have fun.

Next time, I’ll dig into the March/April 2020 issue of Bake from Scratch, to make a “Snickerdoodle Brookie.” I’ll give you time to imagine what that is. Come back to my site next week, to see it.