Walnut Squares – German Christmas Cookies

 

A great German Christmas cookie with a homemade Lebkuchen flavor, these spiced chocolate walnut cookies are glazed with apricot jam and drizzled with melted chocolate.
Course Cookies
Servings 80 pieces

Ingredients

  • 7 ounces dark chocolate 200g
  • 7 ounces (1 stick + 7 tablespoons) unsalted butter 200g, plus extra to grease the cookie sheet
  • 1 cup sugar 200g
  • 6 eggs separated
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons flour 100g
  • 1 1/4 cups chopped walnuts 200g
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1-1/3 cups dark chocolate icing 200g
  • 1-1/3 cups apricot jam 200g
  • 80 walnut halves

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F, with a rack in the middle. Butter a cookie sheet.
  • Melt chocolate and let it cool down a little.
  • Cream butter; add egg yolks, sugar, and cooled chocolate.
  • Beat egg whites until stiff. Add to chocolate mixture along with flour, chopped walnuts, and spices, combining well. Pour onto prepared cookie sheet, spreading evenly.
  • Bake on middle rack for 25 minutes. Cool completely.
  • Heat the apricot jam with 2 tablespoons of water, and then press the mixture through a sieve to remove any lumps. Use a brush to coat the baked dough with the apricot jam.
  • Melt the chocolate icing and carefully pour over the apricot glaze. Place the walnut halves evenly over top and cool before cutting into 80 squares, each with a walnut half in the center.