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baklava cookies

When I get bored, and there is no concentration left, I will head over to pinterest.  It is a good place to get ideas and inspiration.  It never helps my concentration though!  

I have been finding less recipes that I wish to make posted though.  Unless I am doing searches.  But I came across this one, baklava cookies.  Baklava is a favourite thing.  But I have never made it and I do not have the urge.  Miss Amy makes really good baklava and she usually brings some over at Christmas so that feeds a lot of cravings.  Outside of the holiday season, the are good middle eastern restaurants and delis in the area that have good baklava.  I just do not want to deal with phyillo dough.  But cookies?  I can do cookies.

The flavour of these are spot on.  The recipe called for store bought cookie dough but I used the snickerdoodle cookie recipe from Flour by Joanne Chang.  If I were making the snickerdoodles, I would tweak the cinnamon sugar mixture but the dough is a perfect carrier for the flavours of cinnamon, honey, and walnut.  I actually got asked to make these again this weekend.  The boyos want to take some on their travels.

I am getting quiet! Okay, so I still have to go to work but quiet otherwise!  I am excited.

baklava cookies

Note:  I took the ideas from pinterest and the snickerdoodle recipe from Flour.  I also cut the recipe in half.  

1/2 cup butter

3/4 cup sugar

1 egg

1 1/4 cup all purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/8 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cream of tartar

2 tablespoons butter

1/4 cup powdered sugar

1 1/2 tablespoons honey

3/8 cup (6 tablespoons) finely chopped walnuts

1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

Cream the 3/4 cup sugar and 1/2 cup butter together.  Mix in the egg.  Mix in the flour, baking soda, salt, and cream of tartar.  Refrigerate 3 to 4 hours or overnight if you can.  I am the first to admit that I usually do not refrigerate.


In a small saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons butter, powdered sugar, honey, and cinnamon together.  When it is melted, mix in the walnuts.  Let cool to room temperature.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Line baking sheets with silpat or parchment paper.  Take the dough from the refrigerator.  Roll a teaspoon of dough into about an one inch ball.  Place on the baking sheet, about two inches from the next ball.  I was able to fit twelve on my baking sheet.

Bake for 8 minutes.

Take the partially baked cookies from the oven.  Drop about a half teaspoon of the walnut mixture on top of the partially baked cookie.  Depending on the size of the cookie you made, it may be closer to 1/4 teaspoon.  Though I am told that the candied edges of the walnut mixture running down the cookie are a large draw.

Return to the oven and bake for three more minutes.

Remove and let sit at least five minutes or more before trying to remove from the baking sheet.

So good!  I can only eat two at a sitting.  My Beloved and Miss Amy both agree they could eat the whole batch at a sitting.

Just be aware that control may be an issue.

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