Bulgarian Christmas Jam-Filled Cookie Recipe - Maslenki

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Ratings (28)
  • 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
(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!


  • 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.