honey lovers required: honey walnut cookies

honey walnut cookies | everybody likes sandwiches

It’s Monday and I want cookies. Maybe some ice cream to smoosh inside. Sadly, I made these cookies almost a week ago and they disappeared pretty quickly…so that seems like as good a reason to share the recipe. These are also egg-free and dairy-free so they’re perfect if you’re allergic or avoiding those things. These are strange little cookies and you need to be a honey lover to really enjoy these. The honey flavour is well pronounced, so make sure you like the honey you use to bake these up. The honey I used was a strange little Cuban honey produced in Spain. I don’t quite understand the lineage, but the flavour was unlike any other honey I’ve tried – almost like camomile and wild grasses. My husband thought the taste was a bit off, but when I gave him a taste of the honey straight from the jar, it was apparent that the strangeness was all the honeys doing. I liked the honey, but it was a bit weirder than other honey I’ve eaten.

honey walnut cookies | everybody likes sandwiches

I doubled the original recipe to make 22 cookies and I added in some freshly ground nutmeg. I was hoping to replicate those little Greek honey cookies and I think I did alright. These aren’t a copycat of those Greek spice cookies, but they do have a similar taste and they are dense and chewy, which is so satisfying. The walnuts here are necessary. If you don’t like walnuts, then maybe you should skip this. They gave the cookie a good crunch and on a second batch I pressed a walnut half on top of each cookie for more of that yummy richness. These are unique and delicious and taste best with a strong coffee on a rainy morning.

honey walnut cookies | everybody likes sandwiches

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8 comments to “honey lovers required: honey walnut cookies”

  1. 1
    Christina   June 17, 2014 at 3:57 am

    Mmm, I love chewy cookies, and I love honey! These sound right up my alley!

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    Sues   June 17, 2014 at 4:55 am

    I can understand why these cookies disappeared quickly! I love adding honey to fresh baked cookies; it makes the consistency SO awesome.

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    Joanne   June 18, 2014 at 4:01 am

    I didn’t really used to be a honey lover but i’ve recently become obsessed and eat it at least daily on my morning yogurt. Love the sound of these cookies bursting with sweet honey flavor!

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    kickpleat   June 18, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    Christina, the texture for these cookies is so wonderful, I’m sure you’ll enjoy them!

    Agreed, Sues :)

    Joanne, I never put honey in my yogurt – you’ve inspired me!

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    haruspex   June 22, 2014 at 8:09 am

    Many years ago, before Greek yogurt was a thing, I visited Crete and every morning they gave me a big bowl of yogurt and honey for breakfast, and it may have been the best thing I ate there. I wonder, but can’t recall, whether that honey tasted of the local oregano that scented the seaside cliffs.

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    JoanneM   June 23, 2014 at 8:24 am

    Ah, yes, those familiar Greek cookies you are referring to are called “melomakarona.” The final step is to pour a simple syrup infused with honey, clove and cinnamon over the cookies. I’ve never made them myself (my mom always did), as I’m a big advocate of simpler recipes with optimum flavour results. I think your walnut and honey cookies offer the best of both worlds: tasty and easy!

    re: yogurt and honey – I’ve been having honey, walnuts and plain yogurt for breakfast for the past 2 months. Some people prefer to mix the honey into the yogurt until it’s all incorporated but I don’t. I like leaving the fat ribbons of honey in the yogurt untouched, which gives a nice flavour contrast in every spoonful, the tang of yogurt and the viscous sweetness of the honey. It’s definitely worth trying at least once. It’s a old Greek tradition :-)

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    Rocky Mountain Woman   June 25, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    I am all over these!

    I have a big bottle of lovely local honey at home…

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    kickpleat   July 11, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Haruspex, I’m so envious of your trip – I’ve always wanted to visit Greece!

    These are so much simpler, Joanne! Okay, I’ve got to get on this yogurt and honey breakfast thing :)

    RMW, yes!!

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