Healthier Walnut Refrigerator Cookies {vegan, whole grain, egg free}

9 Jun

By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the California Walnut Commission and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

Do you remember those “refrigerator cookies” your grandma used to make? They weren’t exactly pretty, or terribly interesting as far as cookies are concerned, yet they tasted SO GOOD. My grandma packed hers with chopped walnuts, they were scented with vanilla extract, and they had the lightest brown color to them. She usually kept a tin of these cookies stocked in her fridge for when we stopped by to visit. But that’s not why they’re called refrigerator cookies – the dough for these bad boys needs to set up in the fridge like most other slice and bake cookies require.

The traditional recipe is unfortunately made up bleached flour, lots of white sugar, and too much butter. The problem here is that I always wanted to eat three, four or even five of these cookies in one sitting…not exactly a healthy choice.

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So, to combat this issue (aka make cookies I could feel better about eating by the half dozen), I swapped out quite a few of the processed ingredients with some purer options. A combination of ground oats and whole wheat flour increase the fiber content dramatically without sacrificing flavor. I reduced the amount of sugar, and used coconut sugar instead of nutrient-void white sugar. And finally, I replaced half of the butter with coconut oil for a nutrition boost. And, of course, I added even more walnuts, the star of the show!! Yep, these treats are filled to the brim with chopped walnuts, providing a nutty flavor, some crunch, and Omega-3 fatty acids the nuts are known for.

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The result is a cookie reminiscent of what grandma used to have waiting for your enjoyment, but with a much healthier profile. Enjoy these for yourself or bake them for a family gathering! They’re sure to please. And, check out the other great walnut recipes that are being posted this week with The Recipe Redux. There’s a link-up at the end of this post containing many delicious recipes!

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Pro tip: serve cookies in cute bowls, rather than on a platter. They’ll look more appealing!

Healthier Walnut Refrigerator Cookies {whole grain, egg free}, adapted from

Makes 36 cookies (8 servings)

  • 1 C ground oat flour
  • 1 C whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 C coconut sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 C (1 stick) butter, softened (vegan or otherwise)
  • 1/2 C coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 flax egg (1 tbsp flax + 3 tbsp water)
  • 1 C finely chopped walnuts (about 2 cups walnut halves)

In a large bowl, combine flours, sugar, salt and baking soda. Mix well with a wooden spoon or hand mixer.

Mix in the butter, coconut oil, extract and flax egg. Keep mixing until thoroughly combined. Finally, mix in the chopped walnuts.

Lay out three pieces of plastic wrap and form three logs of dough, about 5″ long. Wrap and refrigerate for at least two hours.

Preheat oven to 350; line two baking sheets with silpat mats or parchment paper.

Slice two logs into 12 pieces each. Lay on the baking sheets with about 1″ between each cookie.

Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes, turning halfway through. Remove and let cool on the sheet for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack. Repeat with remaining dough log.

Serve cooled cookies, or store in a cookie tin in the fridge (I enjoy these slightly chilled).

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31 Responses to “Healthier Walnut Refrigerator Cookies {vegan, whole grain, egg free}”

  1. Diana June 9, 2016 at 8:22 am #

    These, although not exciting as you put it, still look great…wonderful memories of these refrigerator will be tasted! 🙂

  2. Onisha Ellis June 9, 2016 at 8:46 am #

    These sound good and I like the healthy factor.

  3. Sonali- The Foodie Physician June 9, 2016 at 11:52 am #

    Oh, these are so yummy looking! Great recipe, I love all the healthy swaps that you made!

    • xtinaluvspink June 9, 2016 at 1:35 pm #

      Thank you so much! Definitely still a treat, but at least it’s a bit better on the health scale.

  4. Heather Gannoe (@runfastermommy) June 9, 2016 at 12:11 pm #

    These look awesome! I love when you can take a classic recipe and make it healthier. Especially when disguised as “cookies” , it makes this mom with two kids who never stop eating very happy 🙂

  5. Kim June 9, 2016 at 2:43 pm #

    Ooh cookies! Don’t you just love how easy some of those healthy swaps are!? These look great!

  6. Strength and Sunshine June 9, 2016 at 2:58 pm #

    O these look so fun!! What a great hearty and healthy cookie to munch!

  7. Hollie June 9, 2016 at 3:19 pm #

    Can i just express how much I love walnuts?! Yum! I’ll have to switch out flours, but i would love to try these!

    • xtinaluvspink June 9, 2016 at 3:20 pm #

      I’m sure a gluten free flour blend would work fine with these!

  8. Lex @ Flecksoflex June 9, 2016 at 4:13 pm #

    These look good! I’ve never heard of refrigerator cookies before, but I used to gobble up refrigerated cookie dough as a kid.

    • xtinaluvspink June 9, 2016 at 4:15 pm #

      Heehee, same here! Yeah, they’re also called “ice box cookies.” just means the dough needs to chill in the fridge before cutting and baking.

  9. Carmy June 9, 2016 at 6:52 pm #

    These look delicious! I never had walnut cookies before!

  10. Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health June 9, 2016 at 10:18 pm #

    way to go for putting a nutritious spin to it 🙂

  11. ilkasblog June 10, 2016 at 6:22 am #

    I literally can taste the deliciousness of these walnut cookies through the screen! Sooo yummy and nutritious!

  12. Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner June 10, 2016 at 9:53 am #

    Well what’s not to love about those cookies!?

  13. Laura November 15, 2017 at 9:11 am #

    Refrigerator cookies look like something so easy and even kids can easily help with that. Great idea with these ingredients.

  14. Rebecca | Nourish Nutrition Co November 15, 2017 at 9:40 am #

    love walnuts! good luck in the contest 🙂

  15. Chrissy Carroll November 15, 2017 at 10:39 am #

    My grandma never made refrigerator cookies, but I’ll happily come by your place and snag some out of your fridge, lol! These look delicious!

  16. Rachel November 15, 2017 at 1:29 pm #

    These look really good but I have to admit, I’ve never heard of refrigerator cookies!

  17. Abbey Sharp November 15, 2017 at 3:20 pm #

    These cookies look like the perfect snack!

  18. Deborah @ Confessions of mother runner November 15, 2017 at 3:56 pm #

    These look easy and tasty!

  19. Emily Cooper November 15, 2017 at 6:57 pm #

    Oh yum! I am all about walnuts, so these sound great! 😀

  20. TastingPage November 15, 2017 at 8:48 pm #

    I’ve never heard of walnut cookies, but I’m totally digging them. Looks fab!

  21. Kim & Kalee Sorey (@SoreyFitness) November 16, 2017 at 8:00 am #

    I’ve never had walnut cookies before, but I want to! These look so yummy, and walnuts are packed with so many good things!

  22. Kerri Olkjer (@KerriOlkjer) November 16, 2017 at 8:02 am #

    I love walnuts! There just aren’t enough walnut recipes out there that I run into.

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