Greek Honey Walnut Balls

Course : Cookies
Serves: 20
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1/3 Cup honey
1/4 Cup sugar
1/4 Cup orange juice
1 Stick cinnamon -- (2 inches)
3 whole cloves
1 cup ground walnuts
1/2 Teaspoon finely shredded orange peel
1 cup butter (no substitutes)
1/2 Cup sugar
3/4 Teaspoon baking powder
1/2 Teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 Teaspoon baking soda
1/4 Teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 Teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 Cup orange juice
2 Tablespoons brandy
3 Cups all purpose flour
1/2 Cup finely chopped walnuts

Preparation / Directions:

FOR SYRUP: Combine hiney, 1/4 cup sugar, 1/3 cup orange juice, stick cinnamon and whole cloves in a small saucepan. Bring to boiling. Reduce heat and boil gently, uncovered for 5 minutes. Strain syrup, discarding spices. Remove 1/4 cup of the syrup. Set remaining syrup aside. Combine ground walnuts and orange peel in a medium bowl. Stir in the 1/4 cup syrup; set aside. FOR DOUGH: Beat butter in a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add the 1/2 cup sugar, baking powder, ground cinnamon, baking soda, ground cloves and nutmeg; beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in the 1/4 cup orange juice and brandy until combined. Beat in as much flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in remaining flour with a wooden spoon. Shape dough into 1 1/4 inch balls. Using your finger, press a hole in the center of each ball of dough. Place about 1/2 teaspoon of the nut mixture in the center of each ball. Bring dough up around mixture, enclosing completely. Place balls, seam side down, about 2 inches apart on a greased cookie sheet. With a knife, score an X on the top of each ball. Bake in a 350~F. oven for 18 to 20 minutes or until set. Cool on cookie sheet for 1 minute. Meanwhile, warm reserved syrup over low heat; do not boil. Brush tops of hot cookies with warm syrup or dip tops into syrup. Sprinkle with finely chopped walnuts. Transfer to wire racks and cool.


Nutritional Information:

1625 Calories (kcal); 50g Total Fat; (26% calories from fat); 22g Protein; 285g Carbohydrate; 0mg Cholesterol; 740mg Sodium

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