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Walnut cookie recipe

Walnut cookie recipe (Bill Hogan / Chicago Tribune)

Connecticut's Leslie Henebry found this recipe in "The Best of Craig Claiborne" by Craig Claiborne with Pierre Franey.

The Cookies:

1 cup, about 1/4 pound each: ground walnuts; ground almonds

1/2 cup flour

3 tablespoons superfine sugar

1 teaspoon grated orange rind

1/4 teaspoon each: ground allspice; ground mace or nutmeg; ground cinnamon

1/2 cup chopped citron or other fruitcake mixture

1 egg white, stiffly beaten

1 tablespoon honey

1 tablespoon Grand Marnier or cognac

The Glaze:

2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar

1 tablespoon water

1 tablespoon Grand Marnier or cognac

1.Combine the ground nuts, flour, sugar, orange rind, spices, chopped citron, and egg white. Heat the honey with the Grand Marnier and add it to the mixture. Blend well with the hands.

2.Shape the batter into a rectangle about 3-by-12 inches. Cut into fingers about 3/4 inch thick. Place the fingers on an oiled baking sheet and bake in a 325-degree oven for 30 minutes.

3. For the glaze, combine the sugar, water, and Grand Marnier. Brush the mixture over the fingers and let stand until dry.

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