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Heart-shaped Cookies and Happy Orthodox Christmas

Heart-shaped cookies with pearl sugar

I really wanted to bake something Russian for Orthodox Christmas, but I couldn’t think of anything simple enough. I knew I’d be alone with Ivanka all day and I just couldn’t make yeast dough AND make dinner AND then bake. Mom is making her traditional cabbage Pirozhki for our family dinner, while I had no other choice than think Scandinavian. Why Scandinavian? Because their recipes are always simple and precise, focused on convenience, time-saving, and often thrifty. Lagom är bäst. This cookie recipe can be found on any Dansukker pearl sugar package. I only altered the cookie shape - I had absolutely no time to make four baking sheets of pretzels, so I armed myself with a heart-shaped cookie cutter and soon I had 200 crispy hearts sprinkled with beautiful snow-white sugar. They’re lightweight, they’re flaky inside, they’re lagom sweet and they’re utterly easy to make! Margarine, flour, sugar, and some whipping cream are four ingredients that are always at hand. In fact these are shortbread cookies with margarine in place of butter.

Now I’m wondering why I had never visited Dansukker page before to see their recipes?! Just have a look at their collection of citrus marmalades for example. They’re minimalist and economic, and they’re all about pure, bright, basic flavours - flavours of our childhood, of a sunny winter morning, of a grandmother’s pantry. They’re inspiring!

Last but not least, I would like to wish a happy Christmas to anyone Orthodox who’s reading our blog, and I will also try my best to finally write about those Slovak cookies soon. I couldn’t have a more supportive baby than Ivanka, but still - a baby is a baby :)

Heart-shaped cookies with pearl sugar

150g margarine, softened but not melted
2 tbsp white sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
4 tbsp whipping cream
Pinch of salt (optional)
Pearl sugar for decoration

Makes about 45 cookies

Beat margarine and sugar with a fork. Add cream, salt and flour, mix and then knead by hand. The dough will be dry and flaky.
Roll the dough with a non-stick rolling pin and make cookies using a medium-sized heart-shaped cookie cutter. Decorate with pearl sugar (it doesn’t melt in the oven), position your baking sheet in the middle of your oven and bake at 175C for 20-25 minutes.

Heart-shaped cookies with pearl sugar

Heart-shaped cookies with pearl sugar

Heart-shaped cookies (Dansukker recipe)

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10 Responses

  1. Looks delicious, and doesn’t use too much sugar.

    • Alina says:

      Three-Cookies, thank you! The dough is not sweet at all, so when you add the pearl sugar, they taste just perfect!

  2. lovely heart shaped cookies! Love the simple decorations.

    • Alina says:

      Oh thank you so much Ellie! Isn’t simplicity the slogan of January? After all the overindulgence of holiday season :)

    • Marya says:

      A white color ray (combining all 3) if you place your hand on front, you will feel a burning heat eugnoh to making you move the hand in 2 seconds, imagine what could do to your eyes. Scanning people, depends the image size, the power are divided per square inch, that’s why you point the ray concentration above the people. Only pointing to their eyes when scans, depending the image size, expose time and your laser power amount. Continues

  3. These look so pretty! I’m so glad you found my site, Simply Healthy Family so I could find yours! I’m really looking forward to trying some of your recipes, especially the cabbage pirozki!

    • Alina says:

      Thank you Gwen, feel free to ask if you have any questions regarding the recipes (some of them might use ingredients that are not very common in your part of the world)! I’m happy I found your blog too! That’s so inspiring for me that you’re a Mom of 4!!

  4. These look so pretty…simple n elegant decoration.Found your site via taste it..with be back for heaps of such goodies.

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