Quark cookies

    1 hour 15 min

    This cookie recipe is a family favourite. Quark is German in origin and can be substituted with cream cheese in this recipe. It is a low-sugar recipe, with a lot of dairy in it - good snack for kids any time of day! You can make these cookies in different shapes: seashells, goose feet or flowers (see step-by-step pictures below).

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    Makes: 36 cookies

    • 250g butter, at room temperature
    • 400g quark or cream cheese
    • 375g plain flour, plus more for dusting
    • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 100g caster sugar for dipping

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Extra time:30min chilling  ›  Ready in:1hr15min 

    1. Combine the butter and quark in a mixing bowl and beat at a low speed until creamy and an even consistency is reached. Sift the flour and soda into butter-quark mixture and cut it in using side of a tablespoon or knife.
    2. When flour is fully incorporated, form a ball, then cover and chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. Dough can be left in the fridge overnight.
    3. Preheat oven to 200 C / Gas 6.
    4. Generously dust a table and rolling pin with flour. Roll out dough to 5mm thickness. Cut out rounds 6 to 7cm in diameter (I use a thin-walled wine glass).
    5. Place sugar into small plate or bowl. Press one side of a dough circle into sugar. Fold in half (sugar will be folded inside), then dip one side of half-circle in sugar again. Fold, dip quarter of a circle into sugar. Place on ungreased baking trays, 3cm apart.
    6. For "goose feet" cookies: make 2 to 3 cuts with a knife, making "goose feet"shape cookies.
    7. For "flower" cookies: skip all the folding, dip one side in the sugar, cut with a knife into flower shape, place a chocolate chip in the middle.
    8. These cookies we call "seashells".
    9. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool for 5 minutes, then remove from the tray and transfer to a cooling rack.

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