Your guide to baking up a storm this season, with California walnuts

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Everybody knows, baking is synonymous with the winter season. At this time of the year, most kitchens are filled with the heavenly aroma of baking bread and melting chocolate. People bring out their baking essentials and try their hand at cakes, pies, tarts, muffins and more.

As you prepare to bake, how about trying something new? We’ve put together a list of the most decadent goodies that you can bake this season, but with a twist. All of our recipes are laced with the added goodness of California walnuts. Not only do these nuts provide great texture to any dish, but they are also tasty, uniquely versatile, and are an easy choice with nutrients to support your overall wellbeing.

So, what are you waiting for? Take a quick look at these delicious recipes and get baking!

Walnut Maple Cookies


1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1 large egg

1/2 cup pure maple syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 cups flour

1 cup California walnuts, toasted and chopped

12 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened


1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.

2. Beat the butter and brown sugar until smooth. Mix in the egg. Mix in the maple syrup and vanilla extract. Stir in the baking powder, salt, flour and walnuts.

3. Place on parchment paper lined baking sheets 1 1/2 inches apart. Bake until light golden brown, about 15 minutes.

Classic Walnut Brownies


12 tablespoons butter

1 cup chocolate chips

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 cup cacao or unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

3 eggs

1 cup California Walnuts, coarsely chopped


1. Preheat oven to 180°C.and grease an 8”x 8” square baking pan.

2. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over low heat. Remove from heat then add chocolate chips, stirring until melted.

3. Stir together flour, cacao powder, and salt in a medium bowl.

4. In a stand mixer with whisk attachment (or with a hand mixer) beat together sugar and eggs until pale and creamy. 5. Gradually add butter and chocolate mixture in two stages and mix until just combined. Add flour mixture in two batches and mix until just combined.

6. Fold in walnuts and spread evenly into prepared baking pan.

7. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out lightly fudgy or clean. Let cool completely before cutting into 10 pieces.

Walnut & Cherry Florentines


50g plain flour

25g glace cherries, chopped

25g dried sour cherries, chopped

75g California walnuts, chopped

50g butter

50g golden syrup

50g light muscovado sugar

175g white chocolate, melted


1.Preheat the oven to 180°C . Line 2 large trays with baking paper.

2. Mix together the flour, cherries and walnuts in a bowl. Place the butter in a small saucepan with the syrup and sugar and heat until melted and sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat and stir into the dry mixture.

3. Place 15 tablespoons of the mixture onto the 2 trays with plenty of space between them, bake for 6-7 minutes.

4. Allow to harden before removing to a cooling rack to cool completely.

5. Dip or spread the base of each Florentine with the white chocolate and allow to cool and set.