Probably you are already putting together the holiday dessert list and I’m sure you’ll be baking lots and lots of cookies for Christmas. In the next few weeks I’ll be posting few recipes for Eastern European Cookies (fursecuri) that will delight your guests.
I got this recipe from my grandma’s neighbor; she was Hungarian and she used to make this all the time. I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I do.
- 4 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1.5 sticks butter (12 tablespoons butter) at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons cocoa
- Jam (any type of jam should work, I used homemade plum jam this time)
- 1/2 cups chocolate chips (optional)
- Mix the flour, sugar, butter, eggs, and vanilla extract; add the baking soda and keep mixing until the dough has a soft texture. If you used a mixer you can chill the dough until firm; this way it will be easier to work with. If you used your hands to incorporate everything together you don’t need to chill the dough. If the dough seems too dry add few drops of milk.
- Divide the dough in half; in one half add the cocoa and mix until the cocoa incorporates in the dough.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- On a floured board, roll the dough to about 1/8 inch thickness and cut with a round cookie cutter. The number of cookies you’ll get will depend of the size of your cookie cutter.
- Bake until edges are golden brown. Since you cannot see the golden brown edges on the cocoa cookies I like to mix them on the baking sheet (vanilla and cocoa cookies); this way I can see when they are done don’t burn the cocoa cookies.
- Let the cookies cool on a wire rack.
- Spread jam on one cookie and put together a vanilla and a cocoa cookie.
- To garnish, you can melt some chocolate chips and use a fork to spread chocolate on top of the cookies.