Vanilice (Balkan vanilla cookies)

    Vanilice means "little vanilla cookies". These are traditional jam-filled sandwich cookies that are mostly prepared for holidays and bit celebrations such as weddings and other family celebrations. They are great with a glass of milk or freshly squeezed orange juice.


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    Makes: 2 trays

    • 250g butter, softened
    • 5 tablespoons caster sugar
    • 1 yolk and 1 whole egg
    • 1 lemon, juiced and zested
    • 2 to 4 teaspoons vanilla sugar
    • 500g plain flour
    • apricot jam or cherry jam for the filling
    • icing sugar mixed with vanilla sugar for rolling

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Extra time:20min chilling  ›  Ready in:1hr 

    1. Beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until foamy. Add the yolk and the whole egg, lemon juice and zest and vanilla sugar. Add the flour and knead to a smooth dough.
    2. Divide the dough into three equal portions and wrap them individually in plastic foil. Refigerate for 15 to 20 minutes.
    3. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Line a baking tray with baking parchment.
    4. Roll out the dough on a floured surface about 1cm thick and cut out bite-size circles using a small glass.
    5. Place the cookies on the baking tray at least 1cm apart because they will spread during baking.
    6. Bake in the preheated oven until firm to the touch but still light in colour, about 15 to 20 minutes.
    7. Spread jam over half of the cookies whilst still hot and top with a second cookie. Roll the cookies in icing sugar mixed with vanilla sugar.
    8. Store the Vanilice in a closed tin h so they don’t dry out.

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