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Slovak Christmas Baked Goodies

Slovak Christmas cookies

As I already wrote, we have guests from Slovakia for Christmas. Stano’s Mom brought us tons of homemade cookies, gingerbreads and mini cakes that all look and taste delicious. My favourite are Parižske rožky (Paris Horns), petite walnut meringues topped with chocolate cream and dark chocolate glaze. I would never have the patience to make them, and we got two (!) boxes of these cakes. I also love tiny pig- and flower-shaped crispy shortbreads. Orechove Kolieska (Walnut Rings) are made with the same walnut shortbread dough and then each is dipped in dark chocolate. Then, we got Slovak gingerbreads - golden-brown and glossy Perniky, and also Kokosky - beautiful coconut meringues on a chocolate-coated pastry base. These coconut meringues can actually be made as a standalone dessert, and then they’re called Kokosove Pusinky (Coconut Kisses).

Our kitchen is crammed with food from Slovakia. There’s ham, butter and cheese in the fridge, honey, tea, and spices in the pantry, beer, mineral water, and homemade preserves under the kitchen table, plus we have fruit and sweets in large bowls all around the house. Oh and I finally got rosemary in a pot, so we’ll always have fresh rosemary now!

I’ll be posting new Slovak recipes one at a time, now as the grandparents are looking after the baby and I have more free time. But, we’ll be busy cooking as well: we’ve got to prepare traditional Slovak cabbage soup, potato salad and (hopefully) cottage cheese and peach buns. I’m pretty excited about all these new culinary experiences, the more so because it’s the first Christmas that we’ll host as a new family. After two years of travelling all around Europe to see each other, we finally have our own (okay, rented) apartment and our own Christmas tree…

Slovak Christmas baked goodies

Slovak cookies and cakes for Christmas

Parižske Rožteky (Paris Horns)

Parižske Rožky (Paris Horns)

Kokosky (Slovak Coconut Meringue)

Kokosky (Coconut meringues)

Slovak Christmas shortbreads

Walnut shortbread cookies

Perniky (Slovak gingerbreads)

Perniky (Slovak gingerbreads)

Orechove Kolieska (Walnut Rings)

Orechove Kolieska (Walnut Rings)

Korbačiky (Slovak String Cheese)


Korbačiky (Slovak string cheese)

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23 Responses

  1. So fun! I’ve never had any slovak food…those baked goods look delicious! I can’t wait to see your recipes :)

  2. The string cheese amazed me!! So unique.

    • Alina says:

      Thank you Ellie! It was my first time plaiting Korbačiky - each one is made of two strings of cheese!

  3. Very enticing and interesting collection of cookies! Love that string cheese at the end, looks like it could be doubled up as a bracelet!

  4. Rimma says:

    Hi, Alina. Couldn’t find the recipe for Kokosky on your site. A you planning to post all those recipes? By, the way Paris Horns look magnificent, professionally done. Thanks for posting the recipe!
    And your recipe for draniki now is my family favorite. Many thanks! Love your blog!

    • Alina says:

      Oh thank you so much Rimma ^_^ I’m so happy to hear you liked Draniki! I will try to send you the recipe for Kokosky until the end of this week. I’ll translate it and email it to the address you mentioned in comment form, okay?

  5. Rimma says:

    Alina, thanks a lot! That’s great!

  6. Rimma says:

    Hi, Alina. I checked my e-mail several times, but didn’t find the recipe. May be it got into spam folder and was deleted. If so, please resend it.
    Thanks, Rimma

    • Alina says:

      Hi Rimma,

      I am very sorry for this huge delay. Please check your email once again, I’ve just emailed you the recipe.

  7. Rimma says:

    Alina, thanks a lot!

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