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Bulgarian Christmas Jam-Filled Cookie Recipe - Maslenki


Bulgarian Jam-Filled Christmas Cookies or Maslenki

Bulgarian Jam-Filled Christmas Cookies or Maslenki

© 2010 Barbara Rolek licensed to About.com, Inc.
Bulgarian jam-filled cookies known as maslenki are popular for Christmas. They are traditionally made with lard, but butter will do! When rose-flavored Turkish delight or lokum are chopped and mixed into the dough, they are known as lokumki.

Here is a larger photo of Bulgarian Christmas Butter Cookies or Maslenki.

Prep Time: 1 hour

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Yield: 4 dozen Bulgarian Maslenki


  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup lard or butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Confectioners' sugar
  • Tart jam like rosehip, plum, raspberry or apricot


  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees. 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. Reroll 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.
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