|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Servings: 48 maslenki (12 servings)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 18g||24%|
|Saturated Fat 10g||52%|
|Total Carbohydrate 19g||7%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||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. 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: confectioner's sugar
Gather the ingredients and preheat oven to 375 F.
In a large bowl, beat the 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.
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 confectioner's sugar. Spread cookies without holes with a jam of choice. Press together jam-filled cookie with holed-cookies to form a sandwich.
Serve and enjoy!
- Store in an airtight container.
- If freezing, don't dust with confectioners' sugar until ready to serve.