Salam De Biscuiti (Romanian Salami Cookie)

Romanian salami cookie recipe

The Spruce / Diana Chistruga

  • Total: 50 mins
  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Refrigerate: 7 hrs
  • Yield: 36 servings

Salam de biscuiti, or unbaked cookies made to look like slices of salami, are popular at Christmastime in Romania and elsewhere throughout Europe, especially Italy, Germany, and Hungary whose cuisines have influenced Romanian food.

It's essentially a combination of cocoa powder, butter, sugar, rum extract (or other real liquor), crumbled cookies, and usually Turkish delight. Some recipes call for whole eggs or egg yolks but, because this cookie isn't baked, make sure to use pasteurized eggs. The mixture is formed into a log shape, refrigerated, then sliced and served. There are many variations of this recipe, but this is our favorite.

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons milk
  • 7 ounces/200 grams Turkish delight (chopped)
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • 14 ounces/400 g butter biscuits (like petite beurre, broken into very coarse crumbs)
  • 10.5 ounces/300 g walnuts (toasted and chopped when cool)
  • 2 teaspoons rum extract (or 1 shot of dark rum)
  • 5.29 ounces/150 grams butter (softened)
  • 6 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 2 large pasteurized eggs (separated)
  • 7 ounces/200 grams sour cherries (drained and coarsely chopped)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for Romanian salami cookie
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  2. In a large saucepan, heat milk with Turkish delight until candy starts to melt and reduce in size. Remove from the heat.

    Heat Turkish delight
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  3. To the saucepan, add 1/2 of the cocoa, 1/2 of the biscuits, 1/2 of the walnuts, and half of the rum. Mix thoroughly and set aside.

    Add cocoa, biscuits, walnuts
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  4. In a separate bowl, mix the softened butter with 5 tablespoons confectioners' sugar and 2 egg yolks.

    Mix softened butter with sugar
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  5. Add this to the ingredients in the saucepan and mix thoroughly.

    Add ingredients
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  6. Add in the rest of the rum, cocoa, biscuits, walnuts, and the coarsely chopped sour cherries.

    Add rum
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  7. Whip the egg whites until they form stiff peaks.

    Whip the egg whites
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  8. Blend into the mixture.

    Blend into mixture
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  9. Sprinkle remaining 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar and shredded coconut on a large piece of plastic wrap. Put the dough in the middle and roll it up in the plastic wrap, forming it into the shape of a salami.

    Roll into log
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  10. Wrap tightly and refrigerate 6 to 7 hours.

    Wrap tightly
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  11. Remove plastic wrap and cut into 1/2-inch slices when ready to serve.

    Remove plastic wrap
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