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Walnut Football Cookies

Walnut Football Cookies
PREP TIME
45 min
COOK TIME
20 min

Football shaped walnut cookies laced with an orange liqueur icing will be a new fan favourite.

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Ingredients

2 ¼
cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
1
cup ground walnuts
1
tsp ground cinnamon
½
tsp ground allspice
¼
tsp kosher salt
1
cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
½
cup light brown sugar
1
tsp pure vanilla extract
1
large egg
1
cup confectioners' sugar
1
Tbsp plus 2 tsps orange liqueur, such as Grand Marnier
½
tsp orange zest (from ½ orange)
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Directions

Notes

Special equipment: a football-shaped cookie cutter and a piping bag fitted with a narrow, round tip.

Step 1

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, walnuts, cinnamon, allspice and salt. Set aside.

Step 2

Using a hand mixer, beat the butter and brown sugar together in a large bowl on medium- high speed, scrapping down the sides with a rubber spatula as needed, until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the vanilla extract and egg and beat an additional minute.

Step 3

Reduce the speed to low and add the flour in 3 batches, beating until the flour is just combined. Place the dough on a large piece of plastic wrap and pat it into a round disk. Refrigerate the dough for at least 2 hours and up to overnight.

Step 4

Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

Step 5

Dust the counter and dough with flour and roll the chilled dough to 1/4 inch thick. Using a football-shaped cookie cutter, cut the dough into footballs and place on the prepared baking sheet, leaving about 1 inch between each cookie. Bake until firm to the touch and starting to get a whisper of golden brown around the edges, about 20 minutes. Allow the cookies to cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet and then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

Step 6

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together the confectioners’ sugar, orange liqueur and orange zest. Spoon the mixture into a piping bag fitted with a narrow, round tip. When the cookies are completely cool, pipe lacing on the footballs. Allow them to set up completely before serving. Store in an airtight container to prevent drying out.

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