Walnut Strips

This recipe reminds me of Kourabiedes (Greek cookies), those wonderful confections made with chopped almonds, shaped like crescents and has a clove stuck into the middle of them. I like this recipe just as much. Try to use eating walnuts - the cooking walnuts are too bitter for my taste.


  • 250g butter
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence (1/2 tsp vanilla paste or extract)
  • 1 tab water
  • 2 cups plain flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup finely chopped eating walnuts
  • sifted icing sugar


  1. cream butter, sugar and vanilla
  2. add water and beat in well
  3. fold in flour, salt and chopped walnuts
  4. form the dough into a ball, cover and refrigerate for 1 hour to firm up the dough
  5. take portions and form into finger shapes
  6. place on lined baking tray
  7. bake for 20 mins in a moderate oven until lightly browned
  8. remove from tray and roll carefully in sifted icing sugar
  9. allow to cool on rack
  10. roll in icing sugar again and store in an airtight container - place baking paper in between layers of biscuits to protect them.