1/2 cup (1 stick/4 oz/113g) unsalted butter, softened
1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup honey
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup finely ground walnuts
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
Assorted colored icings, sprinkles and colored sugars
1. Beat butter, cream cheese, sugar, honey, egg and vanilla in large bowl at medium speed of electric mixer until creamy. Stir in flour, walnuts, baking powder and salt until well blended. Form dough into ball; wrap in plastic wrap and flatten. Refrigerate about 2 hours or until firm.
2. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Lightly grease cookie sheets. Roll out dough, small portion at a time, to 1/4-inch thickness on floured surface with lightly floured rolling pin. (Keep remaining dough wrapped in refrigerator.) Cut dough with 2-1/2-inch to 3-inch dreidel-shaped cookie cutter and 6-pointed star cookie cutter. Place 2 inches apart on prepared cookie sheets.
3. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Let cookies stand on cookie sheets 1 to 2 minutes; transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
4. Decorate cookies with colored icings, sprinkles and colored sugars (blue and white are the most traditional Hanukkah colors, but you can use your imagination when decorating cookies).
Makes 3 1/2 dozen cookies.
Date: October 11, 2004-Revised November 4, 2007