Bulgarian Holiday Cookie Maslenki are a popular traditional sandwich cookie, cut into shapes and filled with jam, prepared for Christmas. You can use almost any jam flavors for these cookies like strawberry, rose-bud, apricot or raspberry jam. Traditionally, the cookies are made out of lard, but you can replace it with butter.

Bulgarian Holiday Cookie Maslenki

Maslenki cookies can be filled with jam flavors like strawberry, rose-bud, apricot or raspberry jam and the traditionally used lard can be replaced with butter.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Bulgaria
Keyword: all-purpose flour


  • 3 large eggs
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 cup lard or butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 jar tart jam rosehip, plum, raspberry, or apricot


  • Preheat oven to 375° F.
  • In a large bowl, beat the eggs then add the sugar and vanilla and whisk for a few minutes until gets foamy liquid.
  • Heat a pan over a medium heat and melt the butter or lard. Then leave it aside to cool. After a few minutes add it to the egg-sugar mixture, whisking constantly.
  • In a different bowl whisk together the baking powder with flour add it to the egg mixture slowly.
  • Roll out the dough on a floury cutting board to 1/8-inch thickness. Then cut with a round cutter from the dough cookies and transfer them to a baking pan with a parchment paper.
  • In the center of half of the cookies cut out a hole and you can use that for forming extra cookies.
  • Place the baking pan in the oven and bake for about 8 minutes.
  • Spread a jam of choice to the cookies without holes, while on the cookies with holes sprinkle with confectioner sugar.
  • Last step is to form the sandwich by pressing together jam-filled cookie with holed-cookies.

Inspiration and adaptation: receptite.com, milaincookingland.com, kulinar.bg

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