If you know anything about Czech Christmas, you will know beehives (also called wasp nests). They are Christmas cookies in the shape of, you guessed it, a beehive. The trouble is, to make them you need a special mould – it’s kind of impossible to make them without it. Well, it IS possible because I have had to do it so many times in the past… Every Christmas, when I’m struggling to shape dough into beehives with the help of various odd objects, I say to myself that when we go to Czech in the summer, I will buy a beehive mould. And of course, every summer, I forget (why would I be thinking about Christmas in July?!).

But here’s the GOOD NEWS! You can now get the beehive mould in England, yippee! I was chuffed when I found it on Amazon the other day. I found a couple, actually. The one on the right is a proper biscuit beehive mould. The one on the left is supposed to be for making soap but I think it would work perfectly with the biscuits!

Beehives were my number one Czech Christmas “biscuit” when I was little and, thinking about it, they probably still are. So how do you make these beauties? Every family has their own recipe and each will probably be completely different. This is ours.

N.B. It’s best to make the dough one day and then wait overnight for it to harden a bit, otherwise it will be difficult to make the beehives hold their shape.

Photo: By Nefronus (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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Czech Christmas Beehives
czech beehives christmas biscuits
Cuisine Czech
Prep Time 30 min
Servings
16 beehives
Ingredients
Dough
  • 220 g icing sugar
  • 200 g ground hazelnuts
  • 1-2 egg whites
  • cocoa powder (optional)
  • ground piškoty or rich tea biscuits (enough to make the dough quite hard)
  • 16 piškoty or other round biscuits to use as a base (or buy trifle sponge and cut circles out)
Buttercream
  • 90 g butter
  • 60 g icing sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • rhum to taste
Cuisine Czech
Prep Time 30 min
Servings
16 beehives
Ingredients
Dough
  • 220 g icing sugar
  • 200 g ground hazelnuts
  • 1-2 egg whites
  • cocoa powder (optional)
  • ground piškoty or rich tea biscuits (enough to make the dough quite hard)
  • 16 piškoty or other round biscuits to use as a base (or buy trifle sponge and cut circles out)
Buttercream
  • 90 g butter
  • 60 g icing sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • rhum to taste
czech beehives christmas biscuits
Instructions
  1. Mix all dough ingredients together to a firm dough (adjust egg white and piškoty as necessary). If you want your beehives brown like in the picture, add cocoa too. Put in fridge to rest overnight.
  2. Shape into balls and place one by one into the beehive mould (they should fit in nicely without sticking out too much) - it's a good idea to dust the inside of the beehive mould with some icing sugar first to prevent the dough sticking to it. Make a hole in the ball and then open the mould out to reveal a perfectly shaped beehive "biscuit".
  3. Fill with buttercream and cover the bottom with a piškot. Decorate with chocolate or any other way you fancy.
Recipe Notes

You can print the recipe by clicking the blue printer icon above the image. Beehive mould available to buy below.

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