I'm usually a little liberal with rating my recipes, as I try to account for variations in individuals' tastes. I tried to give this recipe a 4, as there were so many positive reviews... but I just couldn't. I noticed that most of the good reviews had alterations added to the recipe... but to me, if I have to alter the original recipe to give it a 5 star rating, then it doesn't 'deserve' it. (but that's just me) I have been baking for the better part of 40 yrs., so it's not that I'm inexperienced. Also, cookies are one of my "specialties" ... but this recipe needs some improvement. I agree with several other reviewers that there simply was not nearly enough walnuts! The dough is very sticky & is actually difficult to roll in to a ball without adding some flour to your hands. I did consider that my butter may have been a tad too soft, so I refrigerated the dough with little improvement. Mine also were too soft to make a good indentation in the cookie, after the 5 min. suggested baking time... plus needed a longer total baking time, as well. I used Amish cherry preserves, which held up well & were delicious! On the positive side, they did have a rich, buttery flavor & I think that with some of the suggested "tweaking", this could be a very good cookie recipe, indeed! I may give it another try around the holidays and see.
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I'm usually a little liberal with rating my recipes, as I try to account for variations in...