Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Papernjaci (Papernjak)

These are the BEST cookies. They are from Slavonia, where my father's family is from.

Here is the English translation (the Croatian is to the right).
1.3 cups sugar
1.3 cups butter
3 egg yokes (yellows of eggs)
1 whole egg
4 large tablespoons of honey (use the best quality honey you can acquire as honey has an important influence on the taste of the cookies)
2 grains of clove, ground (use the back of a strong, broad knife to crush it)
2 grains of pepper, ground
1 lemon peel, grated
flour - as needed, so the dough is hard
Mix the sugar and egg until creamy, then add the butter and mix till creamy, then the flower, then the rest of the ingredients. Mix until the dough is very hard.
Roll the dough out with a rolling pin to a width of 0.7cm (as fat as a finger) and press down with the papernjak mold (pictured to the right). Remove the mold and cut out the individual cookies. Put the cookies in the oven to bake on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, at 375 for 10 to 15 minutes. Use the middle rack of the oven. You can roll the cookies on the parchment paper as well, if you find it difficult to transfer them from the counter to the baking sheet (bottom photos is baked papernjaci).
I can't wait to go to my parent's and make these (my mold is there)! Sretan Bozic i sve naj naj!