|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 5g||6%|
|Saturated Fat 2g||9%|
|Total Carbohydrate 16g||6%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||1%|
|Total Sugars 7g|
|Vitamin C 1mg||3%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Bulgarian jam-filled cookies known as maslenki are popular for Christmas. These jam-filled cookies go well with Turkish delight sweets.
Many cultures and traditions make jam or jelly cookies for Christmas that looks like this—think kolache or linzer cookies, for example. Even jam-filled thumbprint cookies are a simplified version of a cookie like this. The process involves rolling out dough, cutting them into circles, and then cutting out smaller holes in half the dough. Sweet and buttery, these jam-filled cookies are a treat to make and eat. Raspberry and apricot are traditional, along with rosehip or plum jam.
They are traditionally made with lard, but unsalted butter will also work.
Gather the ingredients. Preheat oven to 375 F.
In a large bowl, beat the eggs and sugar with a hand mixer until light and foamy, about 5 minutes.
Melt the lard or butter and let cool slightly. When cooled to room temperature, add it slowly to the egg-sugar mixture with the vanilla, mixing constantly.
Whisk together flour and baking powder; slowly add it to the egg mixture to create a firm dough.
Roll out the dough to 1/8-inch thick on parchment-lined baking pans and cut with a round cutter.
Cut out a hole in the center of half of the cookies and remove scraps.
Bake about 8 minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely.
Re-roll scraps and repeat.
Sprinkle the cookies with holes with confectioners' sugar. Spread cookies without holes with a jam of choice. Press together jam-filled cookie with holed-out cookies to form a sandwich.
Serve and enjoy!
You can cut any kind of shape into the top cookie that you like. Circles are easy and pretty, but it's not uncommon to use small star cutters or other specialty or festive cookie designs.
How to Store and Freeze Bulgarian Maslenki
These cookies will keep for up to 5 days or so in an airtight container at room temperature.
You can also freeze them in a single layer in an airtight container for 3 months.
If you are planning on freezing some cookies, set them aside and leave them undusted. Wait to dust them with confectioners' sugar until they're defrosted at room temperature and you're about to serve. Otherwise, the cookies will just absorb the sugar.