Monday, January 6, 2020

Šape or simply Paws - Traditional Serbian Christmas Cookies

You might ask yourself why am I posting about Christmas cookies, when Christmas is over. Well, my friend you're wrong. Orthodox Christmas falls on January the 7th, which means we still got a few days to go. To give you a quick history lesson, the Eastern Orthodox Church, which is the second largest Christian domination after Catholicism follows the Julian calendar. For more information on the religious aspect click here.

Alright, back to the cookies .. As mentioned in the title the word Šape means paws, the reason for that is the fact that they are baked in tins that are shaped as such. To purchase them, click here.
Back in the day, we should store these cookies in round cookie tins like these. You know the type of boxes you store buttons in or sewing supplies.

INGRIDIAENTS:
- 2 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- 2 cups ground walnuts
- 1 large
- 1 grated lemon
- powder sugar to sprinkle over

INSTRUCTIONS:

1) Preheat over to 360F
2) Grease molds with butter and dust off with flour.
3) Mix all the ingredients together, cover bowl with plastic wrap an put into fridge for 15-20 mins.
4) Press dough into the molds, without going over the edges and top as dough will rise.
5) Bake for 15-20 mins.
6) Remove from the oven and let cookies cool before taking them out of the molds.
7) Sprinkle cookies with powder sugar.





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