Honey Walnut Sticks

Honey Walnut Sticks are a gingerbread-like dessert which I bake every year in December with my mom. They are made of honey dough with minced walnuts, and are generously covered in chocolate. I just love baking them because their preparation is much quicker than baking cookies, and whole house smells so delicious and Christmassy. 

This recipe will also be liked by those who try to limit the use of butter or margarine. The dough doesn’t contain any of it because the walnuts contain enough fat. Moreover, the recipe has less sugar because there’s enough honey – which is healthier than plain white sugar. If you want to make your honey walnut sticks completely without butter, leave out the chocolate cover. But I don’t suggest it because the chocolate cover wonderfully completes the whole dessert. After all, Christmas is coming and that’s one more reason to indulge in some (more) treats. 

This recipe will do for a rectangle shaped baking tray with 35×40 cm dimensions where you can cut about 55-60 pieces. The whole preparation, together with baking time, will take you approx. one hour and you should add 10 minutes for cutting the dessert. 

Honey Walnut Sticks
Ingredients
Honey Walnut Dough
  • 300 g flour
  • 300 g minced walnuts
  • 150 g powdered sugar
  • 300 g honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • Teaspoon of baking soda
Chocolate Cover
  • 200 g baking chocolate
  • 150 g butter
Procedure

Knead the dough from all listed ingredients. Cover the baking tray with baking spray or grease it with butter and sprinkle with flour. Wet your hands with water and arrange the dough on the baking tray. Arrange it evenly and gently press it so it doesn’t under- or overbakes on some patches. Bake for 30 minutes on 180° C or so long until it becomes golden brown on the top. 

Melt chocolate with butter. Pour the mixture all over the cake and let cool and harden. 

Cut the cake into sticks. 

You can keep the cake or the sticks in the fridge, but that’s not necessary. Before cutting, the cake should be on room temperature for at least 10 minutes, otherwise it can be very hard. 

Additional Advice
Cutting chocolate cakes

I’ve always wanted to cut cakes and traybakes as nicely as my mom does. Now, with some practice, I am finally succeeding. I suggest you always use the sharp, thin and long knife which you dip into hot water after every cut. The water warms up the knife and it melts chocolate when cutting, so it doesn’t cracks. 

And my way of cutting the Honey Walnut Sticks: firstly, I cut away all the edges. Then, I divide the cake into three lines of the same length – the three lines from which you will be cutting the sticks. Then I cut every line into 18-20 pieces which are about 1,5 cm wide and 10 cm long. But you can also cut your cake in small squares or however you like. 


If you liked this recipe for Christmas baking, you should also try the Buckwheat Start with Hazelnuts

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