Grandma's cookie recipe made with walnuts and brown sugar

Grandma’s Nut Cup Cookies

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 24 cookies 1x

These nutty and sweet cookies are a family favorite recipe! We hope these cookies will be come a favorite of your family too, perfect for cookie swaps around the holidays!



  • 8 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts (can also use pecans)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Powdered sugar for topping


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Make the dough by creaming the butter together with the cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add the flour in 2 batches, mixing well in between until a dough forms. Divide the dough into 24 balls.
  3. Spray a mini muffin pan with cooking spray and then press each ball of dough into the wells, pressing up the sides.
  4. Finely chop the walnuts into and then add them to a bowl along with the brown sugar, melted butter and egg. Mix the filling together and then fill each muffin well with the filling. You might have a little extra filling, but don’t overfill the wells.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes and then remove from the oven. Let the cookies cool for 10 minutes in the muffin tin and then remove to a plate or board. If the topping sticks to the muffin tin, run a knife around to loosen the cookies before removing.
  6. Sprinkle the cookies with powdered sugar and store in a container for up to 5 days.
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American