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Honey-Walnut Coins

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Honey lends these bite-size shortbread cookies more than just delicate flavor. When served on Rosh Hashanah, the golden nectar symbolizes hope for a sweet New Year.

  • Yield: Makes about 7 dozen
Honey-Walnut Coins

Photography: Victor Schraeger

Source: Martha Stewart Living, September 2007

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for shaping
  • 3/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 1/4 cups coarsely chopped toasted walnuts (about 4 3/4 ounces)
  • 2 sticks (8 ounces) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup honey, preferably orange blossom, plus 1/4 cup, warmed until liquid, for brushing

Directions

  1. Pulse flour, salt, and 3/4 cup walnuts in a food processor until finely chopped.

  2. Beat butter with a standing mixer on medium-high speed until fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes. Add sugar, and beat until pale and fluffy, 2 minutes more. Beat in 1/3 cup honey. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture, and beat until just combined (dough will begin to pull together). Shape into a disk, and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate at least 1 1/2 hours (or up to 2 days).

  3. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Let dough stand at room temperature for 10 minutes. Pinch off about 2 teaspoons dough, and roll into a 1-inch ball. Repeat, spacing balls about 1 inch apart on baking sheets lined with parchment. Flatten cookies to 1/2 inch thick with the floured bottom of a glass. Press one of the remaining walnut pieces into each cookie.

  4. Bake, rotating sheets halfway through, until edges are pale golden, about 20 minutes. Transfer sheets to wire racks, and brush cookies with warm honey. Let cool. Cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

Cook's Notes

To toast walnuts, spread them in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet, and bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

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  • MS10702140
    27 JAN, 2010
    Agree- Website is very unstable! Check the recipes you save-not always saved.
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  • seashellweddings
    27 JAN, 2010
    lol smd..thanks that was my laugh for today...are you my long lost sister?!
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  • smd1227
    27 JAN, 2010
    AND FREEZER. I hate this thing.
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  • smd1227
    27 JAN, 2010
    can be stored in the fridge
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  • smd1227
    27 JAN, 2010
    These cookes are delicious. This dough lends itself very nicely to being rolled into a log and sliced. Plus, the logs can be stored in the fridge
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  • majoan
    4 JAN, 2009
    When I made these cookie ,I got 5 doz. out of it. I used a #70 scoop seemed to be 2 teas. I made them for male friend after the holidays, He gave me 5 lbs.of walnuts. He enjoyed them so much.I love honey so did he. Pecans work well in this recipe as well.
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  • mykele
    1 JAN, 2009
    This recipe sounds very tasty for a not so rich one to enjoy after so much rich holiday goodies. Honey is one of the best natural sweetners and better for us.
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  • weebag
    1 JAN, 2009
    I made these as christmas cookie gifts. Absolutely delicious!
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  • cookiebabe
    1 JAN, 2009
    i have made these cookies as directed several times. bake them on parchment paper. i use the cookies for rosh hashanah and also as a christmas cookie. always a big hit. just enough sweetness and stores well if kept cold. fun to make and a favorite of mine. do try them.
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