Salty Mixed Nut Cookies are sweet, salty, soft, chewy, and deliciously nutty! - Bake or Break

If you love nutty desserts, Salty Mixed Nut Cookies are a must-bake! These sweet and salty cookies feature a soft, chewy vanilla cookie jam-packed with all your favorite nuts.

This little blog is about 20% fueled by cookies. One look at the Recipe Index can show you that. Cookies have always been one of my favorite things to bake. I love scooping up perfect portions, placing them in their little spots on a baking pan, and then seeing them all lined up on a cooling rack.

Besides this obsessive cookie geometry thing I seem to have, I also am a big fan of a compact dessert packed with lots of flavor. And you can just eat it out of hand. What’s not to love?

When my most recent bout of cookie fever struck, I decided to play up an ingredient that’s usually an afterthought in a lot of cookies. Nuts usually exist to add a little flavor and to provide some crunch to your cookies. These cookies, though, are squarely focused on nuts.

stack of Salty Mixed Nut Cookies

I used a soft, chewy vanilla cookie base with lots of brown sugar, and then I added a little bit of every kind of nut I could find in my baking stash. I tossed in some cashews, pecans, almonds, macadamias, hazelnuts, and maybe a couple more. Use your favorites, or just focus on one or two.

You can decide whether to use salted or unsalted nuts. I generally just use whatever is on hand, so sometimes a batch may be more or less salty than another batch. For a little extra salty bite, you can sprinkle a bit of coarse salt on top of each cookie before you bake them.

If you’re a fan of nutty desserts, this Salty Mixed Nut Cookies recipe will be right up your baking alley. So go gather up your stash of various nuts, and get baking! Obsessing over cookie geometry is optional.

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Salty Mixed Nut Cookies

Yield: about 20 cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Salty Mixed Nut Cookies are sweet, salty, soft, chewy, and deliciously nutty!

  • 2 & 1/2 (300g) cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 & 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup (170g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup (200g) firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 3/4 (150g) cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons (10ml) vanilla extract
  • 1 & 1/2 cups (180g*) chopped mixed nuts
  • coarse salt, for garnish (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone liners.
  2. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter, brown sugar, and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Mix in the vanilla.
  4. Reduce mixer speed to low. Gradually add the flour mixture, mixing just until combined. Stir in the nuts.
  5. Drop the dough by 3-tablespoon portions onto the prepared pans. Flatten the top of each cookie slightly. If desired, sprinkle a small amount of coarse salt on the top of each cookie.
  6. Bake 12 to 15 minutes, or until the edges are browned and the centers appear set.
  7. Cool the cookies on the pan for 5 minutes. Then transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

Notes:

If you have a warm kitchen, you may want to refrigerate the cookie dough for about 30 minutes before scooping and baking.

*The weight of the nuts may vary depending on the type and combination of nuts used.

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    10 Comments on “Salty Mixed Nut Cookies”

  1. Totally up my alley. Nice to know someone else is OCD about portioning and the perfection of cookies on the sheet and the results. Thanks, Jennifer!

  2. I never thought it would happen, but I have definitely become a nut lover in my cookies…especially if there is salt involved! Love that these mix all of my favorites.

  3. These cookies look so perfectly chewy!

  4. A pile of nuts instead of chocolate? DO you realize that I used to ask my dad to make his coveted chocolate chip+nut cookies without the chocolate chips as a child? Cause they freaking rocked! Why have I not made my own cookies with just nuts in them? I have no idea, but I need these NOW.

  5. The cookies looks so yummy and delicious!!! All the mix are my favourite! Thanks for sharing prettY!

  6. I was looking for a cookie with tons of nuts and this is it. Last batch is in the oven, my bowl is washed a put away, and now I’m sitting with a cup of coffee and this delicious cookie. My result is a crumbly cookie, like a pastry. I had pecans, walnuts (don’t know if that’s a good mix but it worked) and slivered almonds. That’s what I had in the pantry. Wow, they are great!

  7. Love these cookies! Made many times ,so wanted to comment on how good they are. Nothing better than a cookie with nuts instead of chocolate chips. Also the vanilla taste is amazing. My mom says these are her favorite cookies. Thank you for giving us our favorite cookie recipe❤️

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