The first Czech President T. G. Masaryk was known for his temperance; he loved simple village meals. However, during Christmas he liked to enjoy Christmas cookies, but he always requested one particular type to be served. At his request, special cookies with walnuts that his mother used to make were baked every Christmas. You can try to make them this year, they are simple and quick to make, and children can even get involved.
Masaryk’s Christmas Cookies - Ingredients:
180 g walnuts (or hazelnuts)
300 g all-purpose flour
100 g powdered sugar
200 g butter
1 egg yolk
Powdered sugar and vanilla sugar for coating
Let the nuts soften in lukewarm water for 2 hours. Then chop them coarsely and mix with the remaining ingredients and make a dough. Portion the dough to create several rolled logs with a diameter of about 4 cm. Wrap them in foil and place them in the fridge overnight to harden. If you are in a hurry, leave them in a freezer for half an hour. Then, slice the rolls into approximately half-centimetre slices and place them on a baking tray and bake until pink at 170°C. Coat them with powdered sugar, mixed with vanilla sugar, while warm. You can eat them right away, but they are also good when stored for some time.