Thomas G. Masaryk was an advocate of Czechoslovak independence during WWI and the first President of Czechoslovakia. For what he did for our country, we often refer to him as President Liberator. He was smart, well-travelled and he loved good food. His housemaid allegedly said that he was all about cookies and leftover dough, therefore this special kind, a combination of both, is called Masaryk Cookies.
For 30-40 cookies, you will need:
1 1/2 cups walnuts
2 cups mead
7/8 cups unsalted butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp vanilla bourbon extract
1 tbsp Holland cocoa
powder sugar for dusting
Soak walnuts in mead overnight. Chop them roughly. Mix in together butter, granulated sugar and a yolk well. Divide mixture in half. Put 1 cup of flour, cocoa and 3/4 cup of walnuts into one and work it well until it is fully combined. Make a 4 cm (1.5 in) thick log, wrap it into the kitchen foil and let it rest in the fridge overnight.
Put 1 cup of flour, vanilla bourbon extract and 3/4 cup of walnuts into the other half of the mixture and repeat the process.
The next day, preheat the oven to 180 C/360 F. Take the cocoa and vanilla logs out of the fridge and slice them into 0.5 cm (0.2 in) thick cookies. Lay the cookies down on pans lined with baking paper and bake for 10 min. Dust them with powder sugar heavily while they are still hot.