Ajdovčki - Buckwheat Thumbprint Cookies

Brittle, not too sweet + they have a lovely nutty flavor.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Slovenia
Keyword: buckwheat flour, cocoa powder, eggs, flour, rum, walnuts


  • cup white flour
  • ½ cup buckwheat flour
  • cup ground walnuts
  • 5 tbsp cocoa
  • 7 tbsp butter
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 knife tip cinnamon
  • 1 knife tip cloves
  • 2 tbsp rum
  • preserves or jam


  • Mix the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
  • Rub in butter with your fingertips. Mixture will be crumbly.
  • Beat egg yolk and rum together and sprinkle over mixture. Work with hands until mixture holds together. If necessary, add a little more rum or water until you have a stiff, dense dough.
  • Form dough into small balls, about the size of a walnut.  Place on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Make a depression in each ball with the handle of a wooden spoon, a chopstick, or your finger.
  • Bake at 330 degrees for 20 minutes.  
  • Remove from oven.  Enlarge hole with your finger and add a bit of jam.  Reduce temperature to 300 degrees and bake for 5 more minutes. Let cool.

Photo and inspiration:  slovenianroots.blogspot.com