Delicate biscuits

Me and my parents made these biscuits together when I was in Poland. We used a super old machine (at least 50 years old) to form them which I thought would be so cool to show you. Also, they have a sentimental value for my dad who had them as a kid and I figured that old-fashion recipes like this one are what my website is perfect for! Do you know the biscuits that come in a big tin box? They taste very similar- crunchy, delicate and buttery. Not too sweet, with a hint of vanilla and perfect with coffee.

Also, did I mention my parents are absolutely awesome? They are like human angels, seriously. My mom and dad are so incredibly supportive, loving and smart people. This pic was taken the night when we made the biscuits, it was so fun! Aren’t they cute?

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Back to the recipe though. My parents were making the cookies and I was just taking pictures and writing everything down. Sweet! My mom combined all dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking soda and powder) and mixed them and then all the rest. Margarine (butter or lard) should be cold and chopped. The dough should be worked very fast and once it is combined it should be wrapped in aluminum foil and placed in a fridge for 15 minutes.
Also, don’t get discouraged with the lard. I know it may seem weird but it doesn’t taste funny or anything. That’s what we used and biscuits turned out delicious. My mom said that mixing different type of fats in this recipe is important. So we have butter/margarine/lard +oil.

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Now to the fun part- using this super old machine. It is a meat mincer but it also has ending that can be used for making cookies. I realize that you probably you don’t have a machine like that at home. You can roll out the dough and cut out any shapes you want. Get creative!

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Here is a little video of what it looks like.

So pretty!

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We placed them on a greased pan and baked at 350F for about 10-15 minutes, until they started turning slightly golden.
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Be careful to move them out of the baking pan since they are very fragile when still hot. Serve slightly chilled and store in an air-tight container. Enjoy!

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If you tried that recipe and posted a pic or comment use hashtag #EasternEuropeanRecipes I’d love to see how it turned out!


Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1/2 cups of sugar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup of margarine or lard
  • 2 tablespoons of oil
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Direction:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Mix all dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, soda). Then add the rest of the ingredients. Margarine (butter or lard) should be cold, straight from the fridge and chopped.
  3. Knead the dough and once it is smooth cover with foil and place in a fridge for 15 minutes.
  4. Roll out the dough and cut out cookies in any shape you like.
  5. Place the cookies on a greased baking pan and bake them for 10-15 minutes until golden brown. Enjoy!

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