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Bring to a boil, then simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes over low heat. Watch carefully, and stir occasionally.
Remove 1/4 cup of the syrup and set aside the remaining syrup.
In a medium bowl, combine 1 cup of the ground walnuts and orange zest.
Stir in the 1/4 cup of syrup and set aside.
Add half of the flour mixture and blend well.
Using a finger, press a hole into the center of the ball.
Fill hole with 1/4-1/2 teaspoon ground nut filling.
Using a knife, score an “X” onto the top of the ball, scoring only the surface.
Transfer to wire rack.
Sprinkle each with additional ground walnuts.
Allow to cool completely.
They have a nice shortbready (new word) texture on the outside and the soft, sweet, orangey inside.
I think these will be a nice addition to your cookie trays.
Just a note, they are just a little more time consuming than most because you’re putting holes in the dough, filling them, and then covering them. And then when they are removed from the oven you are brushing them with syrup and sprinkling.
It’s not your typical roll-the-dough-into-a-ball-and-stick-it-on-the-cookie-sheet-and-away-we-go type cookie.
BUT, they are well worth the effort and extra love you’ll be putting into them!
I give you BIG baking hugs and muffins!!
Comments & Reviews
Maria @ Orchard Bloom says
these look labour intensive, but delicious!
Wow! These are beautiful, delicious and amazing looking. Love the steeped honey and little nook for the nut mixture. YUM!
theresa krier says
hi, i have a nut allergy, can i substitute anything else for the ground walnuts? thanks for your help
Theresa, I think some Medjool dates chopped up really small would taste good. Also, when doing a Google search for walnut substitutions, I read that seeds such as sunflower or pumpkin might be a good option.
I think taste wise thought that the dates might be best. I can’t guarantee it, but you can try and you may only want to make 1/2 of the recipe as it makes many cookies and dates can be rather expensive. Good luck and let me know what you decide!
Delicious! Just made these last night. Felt like it took me forever though, to make them. Lol. I might make them again next time I’m feeling ambitious. Heehee. Definitely a very yummy cookie!
sorry for the very late response, but thank you SO much for letting me know about the cookies!! No, they aren’t for the faint of heart when it comes to making them, but they are worth all of the effort!
when can you freeze these? before or after baking?
I have not frozen them before or after baking, but my recommendation would be to do it after as with most cookies.