Siobhan's Czech Walnut Cookies
Holiday traditions are always extra special because they remind us of fond memories of the past that we often share with our loved ones. These moments we celebrate with each other year after year are woven into the rich family tapestry that is shared from generation to generation.
During the Christmas holidays, Siobhan and her mother would always make Czech Walnut Cookies because that was just what they did for as long as she could remember. Her mother would direct and supervise while she made the cookie dough. These cookies take a lot of time and patience, so her mother always encouraged her to finish what she started.
For Siobhan, these cookies were an annual holiday treat. However, for her mother, these cookies were actually part of the family’s weekly tradition. Back then, the family all lived near each other in Great Neck and Queens and would spend all of Sunday together. They attended church in the morning and ended the day with dinner, poker, and cookies.
The Czech Walnut Cookie recipe and cookie molds have been passed along to four generations of women in Siobhan’s family starting with her great grandmother in the Czech Republic in the early 1900’s. Back then, the family were all farmers, so the cookie molds represented their farm life. The shapes included haystacks, chickens, and even a bone that no one would ever want to get for some reason!
Now with the holiday season fast approaching, Siobhan has inherited the cookie molds and recipe from her mother. And for this special OKT session, she makes her family’s Czech Walnut Cookies on her own for the first time! (Also see quick recipe)
What You'll Need
- 1 lb Cold Unsalted Butter (4 full sticks)
- 1 lb Ground Walnut
- 1 lb All Purpose Flour (or 3 1/3 cups)
- 1 lb Granulated Sugar (or 2 cups)
- 1 Egg
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