Bulgarian Christmas Jam-Filled Cookie Recipe - Maslenki

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  • Total: 90 mins
  • Prep: 60 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yield: 48 Maslenki (12 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
252 Calories
18g Fat
19g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 48 Maslenki (12 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 252
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 24%
Saturated Fat 10g 52%
Cholesterol 116mg 39%
Sodium 190mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 4g
Calcium 55mg 4%
*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.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Bulgarian jam-filled cookies known as maslenki are popular for Christmas. This Christ jam-filled cookie recipe goes great with Turkish delight. They are traditionally made with lard, but butter will do!

Ingredients

  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup lard or butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 jar tart jam (like rosehip, plum, raspberry or apricot)
  • Garnish: confectioners' sugar

Steps to Make It

  1. Heat oven to 375 F. In a large bowl, beat eggs and sugar until light and foamy, about 5 minutes. Melt the lard or butter and, when cooled to room temperature, add it slowly to the egg-sugar mixture with the vanilla, mixing constantly.

  2. Whisk together flour and baking powder, and slowly add it to the egg mixture to create a firm dough. Roll out 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 rounds. Remove scraps. Bake about 8 minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely. Re-roll scraps and repeat.

  3. Sprinkle cookies with holes with confectioners' sugar. Spread cookies without holes with jam of choice. Press together jam-filled cookie with holed-cookies to form a sandwich. Store in an airtight container. If freezing, don't dust with confectioners' sugar until ready to serve.