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beehives czech vosí hnízda christmas cookies recipe

Vosí hnízda – Czech Beehive Christmas Cookies

These non-bake Christmas cookies just melt in your mouth. In the Czech Republic, Vosí hnízda are the ultimate holiday treat! Authentic Czech recipe for beehives / wasp nests.
Course cookies
Cuisine Czech
Keyword vánoce
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Resting Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 45 minutes
Servings 30 Beehives


Beehive dough:

  • 1 and ⅔ cups crushed vanilla wafers Czech piškoty or US Nilla Vanilla Wafers
  • 1 cup (120 g) powdered sugar
  • ¾ stick (85 g) butter unsalted
  • 2 Tbsp dark cocoa
  • 3 Tbps golden rum
  • 1 egg white

Beehive rum custard:

  • 1 stick (113 g) butter unsalted, softened at room temperature
  • ⅓ cup (40 g) powdered sugar
  • vanilla essence
  • 1 Tbsp golden rum

Bottom base:

  • Czech piškoty or Nilla Vanilla Wafers (in the US stores)


  • ½ cup (100 g) coarse sugar


Making dough for vosí hnízda:

  • Make smooth dough from all ingredients, wrap it in food wrap and let it rest in a fridge at least for two hours (ideally overnight).

Rum custard:

  • Let the butter soften to room temperature.
  • Cream the butter, add powdered sugar, vanilla essence, and rum.
  • Mix all ingredients well in a smooth, silky cream.


  • Take a piece of the dough, and make a walnut-sized ball. Squeeze it a few times in your hand to soften it.
  • Coat the dough in coarse sugar on all sides.
  • Put the ball into the beehive mold.
  • Make a hole in the middle, and fill it with custard.
  • Cover the bottom with a piškot and take the vosí hnízdo carefully out of the mold.


Store in an airtight cookie jar in the fridge. You’ll get about 30 vosí hnízda from this recipe.