I love baklava, the sweet gooey honey and walnut dessert from the Mediterranean. Typically it involves shoeets of phyllo, and the phyllo I find always hates me. I need to go shopping in a more diverse area because the last two times I bought the phyllo local it was dry and hard to work with. Even on a good day phyllo is tempermental, but it was exceptionally bad. I didn’t want bad phyllo to prevent me from enjoying my decadent dessert, so I did what I do best and made it into a cookie.
My toddler helped me make these, as usual. Luckily he disappeared downstairs to the play room halfway through the procedure so he missed me licking the mixer clean. We tried something new with this recipe and used Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1 to 1 Baking Flour. We don’t have any sensitivities in the family, but I do bake for play dates and have a few upcoming cookie exchanges to bake for. It is nice to have a gluten free flour that tastes exactly the same as regular flour, and can be substituted at 1 to 1. When I use this I can bake the recipes I already have, and not need to worry about finding special gluten free recipes for my cakes, brownies, cookies, or muffins.
I didn’t tell my husband what type of cookies these were, simply because he didn’t ask. This morning as he was packing up some to bring to work (that’s where all my cookies disappear to!) he said they tasted like baklava, and asked what kind they were. Proud moment here, when your Greek husband tells you that your Greek themed cookies tasted exactly how they were supposed to!
I do need to warn you to feed these before, not after, bath time.The glaze never solidifies fully, and being honey based is sticky. My poor baby, who didn’t even get a cookie, was a sticky mess from the toddler eating cookies and then walking over to give the baby kisses. Bath time for all!
- 2¾ cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1½ teaspoons cinnamon
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- 2½ sticks butter
- 2 cups walnuts
- ⅔ cup honey
- 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1½ teaspoons lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350F. Cream the sugar and butter together. Add in the egg and vanilla.
- In a large bowl, sift together the flour, cinnamon, baking soda,salt and baking powder together. Slowly add in batches to the wet mix.
- Use a food processor or nutribullet to chop the walnuts fine. Add to the cookie dough.
- Plop by the tablespoon onto parchment lined baking sheets and bake for 10 minutes.
- Allow cookies to cool for a few minutes before transferring to wire racks to finish cooling. In the meantime, make your glaze.
- Add all the glaze ingredients together in a small pot over medium heat. Simmer for 10-15, then remove from heat and allow to cool for another 5-10 minutes.
- Pour glaze over cookies and add extra walnuts if wanted.
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