When mom made these watermelon shaped bites for the first time, I was delighted at their vibrancy. But it was when I tasted them that I was really astonished. Walnut overtones combined with chocolate dots, and buttery dough goodness really took me on a trip of tastes. Yum!
Every person that sees these inevitably smiles.
They are just so... striking. Perfect little watermelons. With a not quite watermelon taste. Well, perhaps a little bit of watermelon taste.
In any case this is the type of dessert that's a definite crowd pleaser. In form and substance.
And they're quite fun and easy to make. Just wear gloves. I learned my lesson!
P.S. Yes, some food coloring was used, but a tiny amount. And it's also the only recipe on the blog that has anything as artificial so I think you'll forgive us this once. Won't you?
SIMILAR RECIPES ON BLB
If you're making a few batches of cookies, in addition to today's watermelons also try the fig truffles with rum. I cannot believe how the combination of figs and rum mates so perfectly. Did I mention these are cased in almonds?
Wanna go all out with flavors you'd never think of putting together? How about the no bake apricot walnut raisin cookie boats? Get your family around the table and start mixing the ingredients together.
And last but not least as you're already investing the time to make quality sweets why not go for a truly first-rate dessert? Mama's chocolate and walnut cake has been in our family for generations. I've asked around and it looks like most families around here have a similar recipe for this classic Balkan walnut cake. It's rich, flavorful and almost too heavy with flavor. The kind that leaves you full and satisfied for hours.
Watermelon Shaped Bites
- 2.8 ounces butter room temperature
- 2.8 ounces confectioner's sugar
- 5.3 ounces ground biscuit Petit Beurre or similar
- 2 hard boiled yolks
- 1 tablespoon rum or vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon red food coloring strawberry or similar
- 5.2 ounces ground walnuts
- 5.2 ounces confectioner's sugar
- 4-6 tablespoons milk
- 1 tablespoon green food coloring mint or similar
- 1-2 tablespoons chocolate sprinkles
- *Wear Latex gloves highly recommended
- In a large mixing bowl beat butter with a fork until smooth. Add yolks and continue mixing until well integrated. Add confectioner's sugar and combine well. Add biscuit and continue mixing. Add rum/ vanilla extract and mix again. Finally, add food coloring and continue mixing with your hands until the dough is evenly red.
- Divide mixture into ten equal pieces and shape into little balls. Place on a plate and leave in the freezer until you make the green part.
- In a large mixing bowl combine ground walnuts and confectioner's sugar. Mix well. Add milk, and mix again. Add food coloring and combine the dough well with your hands until it's evenly green.
- Divide into ten equal parts and flatten each into a thin round disk.
- Take one ball and place onto one green disk. Roll with your hands until the green covers the red and you have a small, green ball. Continue until you have made all ten.
- Return to freezer for 15 minutes.
- Take out and cut each ball into quarters. Decorate with chocolate sprinkles.
- Leave covered outside at room temperature overnight. Transfer to a cookie jar or a box. Keep in a cool place.