Hello, Good News! If you are looking for a new and exciting cookie recipe to try this holiday season, you have come to the right place. In this article, we will show you how to make maslenki cookies, a traditional Bulgarian jam-filled cookie that is popular for Christmas. These cookies are sweet, buttery, and flaky, and they go well with Turkish delight sweets. They are also easy to make and customize with your favorite jam flavors.
Maslenki cookies are similar to other jam or jelly cookies from different cultures and traditions, such as kolache or linzer cookies. They are made with a simple dough that contains eggs, sugar, lard or butter, vanilla, flour, and baking powder. The dough is rolled out and cut into circles, and then smaller holes are cut out in half of the circles. The whole circles are spread with jam and topped with the cut-out circles, creating a sandwich cookie with a peek-a-boo window. The cookies are baked until golden and dusted with confectioners’ sugar for a festive touch.
Why You Should Try Maslenki Cookies
Maslenki Cookies Are Fun to Make
One of the reasons why you should try maslenki cookies is that they are fun to make. You can enjoy the process of rolling out the dough, cutting out the shapes, and filling them with jam. You can also get creative with the shapes and sizes of the cookies, using different cookie cutters or making your own designs. You can even involve your kids or friends in the cookie-making activity and have a blast together.
Maslenki Cookies Are Versatile
Another reason why you should try maslenki cookies is that they are versatile. You can use almost any kind of jam or jelly for these cookies, such as raspberry, apricot, prune, rose hip, plum, or strawberry. You can also mix and match different jam flavors for a variety of tastes and colors. Some people even use chocolate or nutella as a filling for a decadent twist. The possibilities are endless!
Maslenki Cookies Are Delicious
The most important reason why you should try maslenki cookies is that they are delicious. These cookies have a tender and flaky texture that melts in your mouth. The jam filling adds a sweet and tangy contrast that complements the buttery dough. The confectioners’ sugar adds a touch of elegance and sweetness that makes these cookies irresistible. These cookies are perfect for serving with tea or coffee, or as a dessert after a hearty meal.
How to Make Maslenki Cookies: Step by Step Guide
To make maslenki cookies, you will need the following ingredients:
- 3 large eggs
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup melted lard or unsalted butter, cooled to room temperature
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 4 cups (510 grams) all-purpose flour, more for rolling
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 (12-ounce) jar tart jam, such as rose hip, plum, raspberry, or apricot
- Confectioners’ sugar, for garnish
To make maslenki cookies, you will need the following equipment:
- A large bowl
- An electric mixer or a stand mixer with a whisk or paddle attachment
- A medium bowl
- A whisk
- A rolling pin
- A parchment-lined cookie sheet
- A 2-inch round cookie cutter
- A smaller cookie cutter of your choice (such as a star or a heart)
- A wire rack
- A small saucepan (optional)
- A pastry brush (optional)
- A sifter (optional)
To make maslenki cookies, follow these steps:
- In a large bowl, beat the eggs and sugar with an electric mixer or a stand mixer fitted with a whisk or paddle attachment until light and foamy, about 5 minutes.
- Slowly add the cooled lard or butter to the egg-sugar mixture, whisking continuously. Whisk in the vanilla until combined.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour and baking powder. Slowly add it to the egg mixture to create a firm dough.
- Separate the dough into thirds. On a parchment-lined cookie sheet, roll out one portion of the dough to 1/8-inch thick, flouring the surface of the dough lightly to prevent sticking.
- Using a 2-inch round cookie cutter, cut out circles of dough and place them on the prepared cookie sheet, leaving some space between them. Repeat with the remaining dough portions, rerolling the scraps as needed.
- Using a smaller cookie cutter of your choice, cut out holes in the center of half of the circles. You should have an equal number of whole circles and cut-out circles.
- Preheat the oven to 350 F. Refrigerate the cookie sheet with the dough circles for 15 minutes to prevent spreading.
- If your jam is too thick or chunky, you can heat it in a small saucepan over low heat until it becomes smooth and spreadable. You can also strain it to remove any seeds or skins.
- Spread about a teaspoon of jam on each whole circle, leaving a small border around the edge. Top with a cut-out circle, pressing lightly to seal. You can use a pastry brush to moisten the edges with water if needed.
- Bake the cookies in the preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes, or until lightly golden. Rotate the cookie sheet halfway through for even baking.
- Let the cookies cool slightly on the cookie sheet, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Sift some confectioners’ sugar over the cookies for garnish. Enjoy!
Maslenki Cookies Nutrition Facts
Maslenki cookies are not only delicious, but also nutritious. Here is a table that shows the nutrition facts for one maslenki cookie (based on a recipe that makes 48 cookies):
|Nutrient||Amount||% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat||6 g||9%|
|Saturated Fat||2 g||10%|
|Total Carbohydrate||14 g||5%|
|Dietary Fiber||0 g||0%|
|Total Sugars||7 g||–|
|Vitamin C||1 mg||2%|
|Vitamin A||3 mcg||0%|
|Vitamin D||0 mcg||0%|
|Vitamin E||0 mg||0%|
|Vitamin K||0 mcg||0%|
|Vitamin B1 (Thiamin)||0 mg||3%|
|Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)||0 mg 3%Vitamin B3 (Niacin) Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid) Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) Vitamin B7 (Biotin) Vitamin B9 (Folate) Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin)||Minerals and Trace Elements|
|Nutrient||Amount||% Daily Value|
|Manganese||0 mgSelenium Iodine
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Maslenki Cookies FAQ
Maslenki cookies are a type of jam-filled cookie that originated in Bulgaria. They are traditionally made for Christmas and other special occasions. They are also known as masleni kifli, which means “buttery crescents” in Bulgarian.
The correct pronunciation of maslenki cookies is “mahs-LEN-kee”. The stress is on the second syllable, and the “i” is pronounced like the “ee” in “see”. The word maslenki is the plural form of maslenka, which means “a buttery cookie”.
Maslenki cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week, or in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. You can also freeze them for up to three months. To thaw them, let them sit at room temperature for about an hour before serving. You can also reheat them in the oven at 300 F for 5 minutes to restore their crispiness.
To make vegan maslenki cookies, you can substitute the lard or butter with vegan margarine or coconut oil, and the eggs with flax eggs (mix 3 tablespoons of ground flax seeds with 9 tablespoons of water and let it sit for 15 minutes). You can also use vegan jam or jelly for the filling, or make your own with fresh or frozen fruits and sugar.
To make gluten-free maslenki cookies, you can replace the all-purpose flour with a gluten-free flour blend that contains xanthan gum or guar gum. You can also add a teaspoon of baking soda to help the dough rise. Alternatively, you can use almond flour or oat flour for a nutty flavor and texture.
Some variations of maslenki cookies are:
Some tips for making perfect maslenki cookies are:
What are some other Bulgarian desserts?
Some other Bulgarian desserts are:
You can buy maslenki cookies at some specialty stores that sell Bulgarian or Eastern European products, or online from some websites that ship internationally. You can also make your own maslenki cookies at home with our easy recipe.
How do I say “Merry Christmas” in Bulgarian?
To say “Merry Christmas” in Bulgarian, you can say “Vesela Koleda” (Весела Коледа), which means “Happy Christmas”. You can also say “Chestita Koleda” (Честита Коледа), which means “Congratulations on Christmas”. You can also add “i shtastliva nova godina” (и щастлива нова година), which means “and happy new year”.
We hope you enjoyed this article about how to make maslenki cookies, a delicious Bulgarian Christmas treat. These cookies are fun to make, versatile, and delicious. They are perfect for sharing with your family and friends during the holiday season. If you liked this article, please check out our other articles on how to make other traditional cookies from around the world.