Yes, Greece and Italy are the two places on my Bucket List that I need to go to before I head on up to the kitchen in the sky.
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!!