These cookies are a pain in the ass! Excuse the language (but not really I am a person that likes to cuss). But they are! I have only made them one other time and every time I make them I get mad and frustrated and cuss A LOT! The dough is the hardest dough to work with! When I made these cookies this time, I stayed up till 1AM in the morning until I made them right! and even then they still weren’t perfect!
My Grandma made these every Christmas when I was a youngin and mine looked NOTHING like hers! She’s had years of experience making them! I decided that I will make them every Christmas until I get them like hers!
A couple of notes – When working with this dough leave the dough that you will not use in the fridge as it basically starts getting warm the minute you start working with it! Melts in your hands! (all that shortening). and only work with a little cough at the time, I would say about a handful.
Normally I will not use shortening because well its nasty! But I will make an exception with this recipe. Once a year won’t kill you? (let’s hope not huh).
Something else I learned while making and cussing at these! When working with the dough it says to “Dust board with granulated sugar” I recommend dusting the board and rolling-pin and then the dough you are about to roll out with sugar and flour and be VERY generous! This dough sticks and rips SOOOOO easy, so be VERY generous!
So here we go! Let’s make these cookies!
Add flour to make soft dough. Chill overnight.
Walnut Filling:(I used pecans) (Also this needs to be refrigerated over night as well and that wasn’t in the recipe) so after making the dough, make the filling and refrigerate both over night.
1 lb. ground nuts (I used Pecans)
another filling you could make:
1/2 lb. dried apricots, finely chopped
1 c. sugar
1 c. water
Combine and cook slowly om low heat, add more water if necessary.
(I made the Nut filling one and I use pecans as Walnuts give me fat lips haha I have a little bit of an allergy to them, so I use Pecans and I have never made the Apricot filling before)
I should have had 2-3 plates full of these, But I had such a hard time and they didn’t turn out. I only had one plate full. (Hey better than nothing).