Monday, February 08, 2010

Nash Holos Recipe: Chestnut cookies

This unusual cookie recipe using chestnuts comes straight from Ukraine. It was given to Judy by Sofika Vandrovych from Selo Rozdil.

Decadent and truly delicious!

Sofika's Chestnut Cookies

2 cups flour
1 cup butter
5 boiled eggs, yolks only
2 tablespoons sour cream
2 tablespoons baking powder
2 dozen chestnuts, cooked and peeled

(Tip: You can buy ready-to-use chestnuts if you don’t have time to prepare and peel them yourself. If you cannot find chestnuts for this recipe, substitute pecans.)

Mix all ingredients and put into the fridge for two hours. Remove from fridge, pinch off a piece about the size of a walnut. Add a chestnut in the middle and roll up like a ball.
Continue until all dough is used up. Bake in a 350º degree oven for about 12-15 minutes.

While the cookies are baking, make the cream coating.

4 tablespoons hot milk
2 tablespoons cocoa
3 tablespoons each of icing sugar and butter
chopped chestnuts or crushed pecans

Cream together milk, cocoa, icing sugar and butter. When cookies are cooled, roll each into this mixture, then into chopped chestnuts or crushed pecans.

BTW, don’t waste those egg whites… use them for egg salad sandwiches! (Make sure you add some fresh dill to it, adds great flavour.) Serve the sandwiches with bread and butter pickles, and enjoy one of these wonderful cookies for dessert!

Smachnoho!

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