Hunting Buttons – Myslivecké knoflíky

Another popular Czech Christmas cookie is the Hunting Button. Made of a Linzer type dough topped with walnuts, it is always one of the first cookies to disappear from our Christmas cookie plate

 

.Hunting Buttons – Myslivecké knoflíky

Ingredients:

  •  1 cup (230 gr.) All-purpose flour
  • 10 tablespoons (140 gr.) Cold butter
  • 1/3 cup (70 gr.) Powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla extract or 1 packet of vanilla sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon milk
  • For Topping:
  • 1/2 cup (100 gr.) Finely ground walnuts,
  • 4 teaspoons (20 gr.) Powder sugar
  • 2 egg whites, walnut halves for garnish

Instructions:

For cookie bottom: Sift four and sugar together in a large bowl. Grate butter over bowl with a coarse grater. Add egg yolk, milk and vanilla. Mix with hands to create a smooth dough very gradually incorporating the flour. Wrap the dough in plastic and let it rest overnight in fridge.

For Topping: Whip egg white until peaked slowly incorporating sugar and finely ground walnuts.

On a lightly floured sheet of baking paper roll dough to about 2-3 mm. A trick to rolling dough evenly is to use two 2-3 mm knitting needles, lay them parallel on your work area on either side of the dough. Roll out the dough with a rolling-pin until the it runs smoothly over the knitting needles.

Use small cookie cutters (1 to 1 ½ inch), traditional shapes are circles and, flowers. Cut the shapes into the sheet of dough then remove the unwanted dough leaving the cookies on the baking paper. The cookies can be spaced close to each other, leaving 1/8 inch space between them. Top the cookies with the egg white topping. Place a walnut half in the center of each cookie.

Slide the baking paper with cookies onto a sheet pan and bake at 350 degree Fahrenheit, 330 degree Fahrenheit for a convection oven, for 8 to 10 minutes (180 degrees Celsius, 165 degree Celsius). Watch the cookies closely. The second the edges start to get a bit golden remove them from the oven. Slide the paper and cookies onto a rack for cooling. Place the Hunting buttons in a sealed box until Christmas. It is best to make these one or two weeks before Christmas.

Yield: Makes about 80 cookies

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