I have been making these cookies at Christmas time for many years, ever since my mother-in-law Jane, shared the recipe from Gourmet Magazine in 1994. I have made a few small adjustments over the years, but they truly are wonderful. I have to admit, I am normally not a fan of vegan desserts as most do require an egg, butter or dairy of some kind. However, these traditional Swiss cookies that are naturally vegan are quite simply delicious. They are loaded with ground almonds, honey and spices. There is no butter or eggs and they are chewy and not overly sweet. They store well and if you put a slice of apple in the sealed container, they maintain there freshness for several days.