Walnut Shortbread Cookies with Flake Salt and Citrus

Photo: Alex Farnum

Yigit Pura of Tout Sweet Pâtisserie in San Francisco likes to work with flake salt for these cookies because it retains its shape during baking so you get a little crunch.

Yield: Makes 60 (serving size: 1 cookie)
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Recipe Time

Total: 1 Hour, 15 Minutes
Chill: 30 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 62
  • Calories from fat: 60%
  • Protein: 0.8g
  • Fat: 4.1g
  • Saturated fat: 2.1g
  • Carbohydrate: 5.7g
  • Fiber: 0.2g
  • Sodium: 26mg
  • Cholesterol: 15mg


  • 2/3 cup walnut pieces
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • Zest of 1/2 lemon and 1/4 orange
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 2 cups flour, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon flake salt, such as Maldon


  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Put nuts on a rimmed baking sheet and toast until light golden, 10 to 15 minutes. Let cool, then finely chop.
  2. 2. Beat butter, sugar, and zest in a bowl with a mixer until light and fluffy. Mix in egg yolks, stopping once to scrape bowl. Add flour and nuts and beat just until dough comes together and is blended.
  3. 3. Shape dough into a disk about 1/2 in. thick, wrap with plastic, and chill until firm, 30 to 45 minutes. Reduce oven to 300°.
  4. 4. Roll dough on a lightly floured work surface to 1/4 in. Cut into rounds or squares with a fluted 1 1/2-in. cutter and set 1 in. apart on 2 or 3 baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle with salt. Gather and reroll scraps, chilling dough if needed.
  5. 5. Bake 2 pans at a time until golden, swapping positions in oven halfway through, 20 to 22 minutes. Let cool on a rack.
  6. Make ahead: Up to 3 days, airtight.
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