She is still having trouble responding! I don't think when I was younger I realized how intricate they were until my mom showed me how to make them a few years ago - I just remember the big mound of honey-sticky deliciousness all stuck together! The honey is not drizzled - it is melted and then each "face" is dipped in the honey and then turned over to settle - all of the little "holes" in the pinwheel hold the honey and soak into the cookie....this is making me hungry!
My mother has been trying to respond to this but has been having trouble so I am responding for her.
This is something my grandmother would also make every Christmas and she would make a tower of them - one tray with honey and one with powdered sugar (we loved the honey ones most)!
If you google "cartellate" you can see some images of the ones my grandmother made, though she called them "Cartegate". All the ladies in my family will be getting together in a few weeks to make them and we were planning on videotaping so we have reference of the process. They are not an easy cookie to make! Let us know if this is the cookie you were referring to and if you would like to see the video!