Czech Včelí Úly Beehive Cookies

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Czech Včelí Úly Beehive Cookies
Try these no-bake, Czech cookies that are surprisingly honey-free and extremely good! While searching for a new cultural cookie to add to the collection, I came across these and had to give them a try. They look and taste fabulous but are extremely time consuming.
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Cookie
  1. ¾ c butter
  2. 2 ¼ c powdered sugar
  3. 2 tbsp cocoa (optional)
  4. --
  5. 2 tsp rum
  6. 1-2 tsp vanilla
  7. --
  8. 4 c crushed vanilla wafers (1-2 boxes vanilla wafers)
Filling
  1. 2 c powdered sugar
  2. 1tsp rum flavoring
  3. 1 tbsp rum
  4. 1 c butter
Chocolate Coating
  1. 1 pkg green chocolate melting chips
  2. 1 pkg white melting chocolate
  3. olive oil
Instructions
  1. Cream the butter and powdered sugar together. It’s tradition to add cocoa powder but I did not as I wanted the cookies purely vanilla.
  2. Add the rum and vanilla to the cream mixture.
  3. Next send vanilla wafers through a food processor, until you have 4 cups worth, and add to the cream mixture. The mixture should form a doughy consistency.
  4. Take a cookie mold and coat the inside with butter or shortening. Next take a walnut-sized piece of dough rolled into a ball and in sugar, and press inside the mold. Take a cake decorating tip or cone shaped object and press into the mold to create a hollow center.
  5. The molded cookie should remove easily and be placed on a wax paper lined pan to dry. Allow the cookies to dry overnight.
  6. For the filling, cream butter, powdered sugar, and rum. You can also substitute rum flavoring for rum liquor. I added both the rum and a couple drops of rum flavoring!
  7. Drizzle the filling into the center of each molded cookie and add additional butter or rum if necessary to thin out the mixture.
  8. When filled, set the molded cookie atop a vanilla wafer. Let these dry overnight.
  9. Once a bit firm, the cookies can be dipped in chocolate. Traditionally these cookies are often dipped in dark or milk chocolate, but I chose white chocolate and decorated them as a beehives. I thought they looked similar to a small tree so I also dipped some in green colored chocolate. When melting the chocolate in the microwave, you can add a couple tablespoons of olive oil to thin out the chocolate so it’s easier for dipping. Dip the chocolate and place cookies on wax paper to dry. Allow cookies to dry at least for a few hours, but adding olive oil will extend the drying time of the chocolate, so don’t be alarmed if the chocolate doesn’t set immediately.
  10. Once dry, you can decorate the white cookies as a beehives and green cookies as snow-covered trees. Use meringue powder to create Royal Icing, which will harden nicely on the cookies. You will need additional powdered sugar to add to the meringue powder.
Notes
  1. SK Tip: You will need 2 boxes of vanilla wafers and 2 bags of powdered sugar to make these cookies. Before you crush the vanilla wafers be sure to pick out about 65 of the best/unbroken cookies that will be used for the bottoms of the beehives. The broken remaining bits can be chopped up for the cookie dough. After the cookies are decorated you can wrap them individually in small cellophane cookies bags. These cookies are a great holiday gift and also freeze well. They are best stored in the refrigerator if not consumed right away.
Adapted from Sally Teresinski
Adapted from Sally Teresinski
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