Deers for my Dear

New Year is not a new year if I do not come home. One of the reasons is the special, festive spirit. New Year in Russia is like Christmas in Western Europe and even more. It is celebrated with a big family, huge New Year tree presents and lots of love. Every year the Russians say thank you to the old year before the clock strikes twelve and every single year we sincerely believe that the new year will be better than the last one. We run around the shops like hairs in Spring and buy presents, food and alcohol. On the D-Day, we cook non-stop all day and are still always late to lay the table.

This year I spent four days in Moscow and all I did was cook, eat and drink... maybe drink most of all, otherwise, you will have no strength to cook non-stop. One of my biggest success this new year were sweet pastry dough cookies with orange glazing. They are not the healthiest ones as they contain quite a lot of butter and sugar, but they are amazingly delicious and super easy to make!

Sweet Pastry Dough Cookies with Orange Glazing Recipe

Makes: 12-14 cookies

Cooking time: 40-50 minutes

Ingredients: 125g (4.41oz) all-purpose flour 75g (2.65oz) very soft butter 50g (1.76oz) sugar powder 1 egg yolk zest of 1/2 orange Glazing: 200g sugar powder 1/2 fresh orange juice

Making the cookies: You can see the full step-by-step guidance for the sweet pastry dough here.

Otherwise, here is the short variant:

1. Mix flour with sugar powder (sugar powder is used instead of granulated sugar, because this recipe has no liquid for granulated sugar to dissolve, while sugar powder nicely sweetens the cookie! Also, feel free not to add any powder if you plan to have the sweet glazing).

2. Add pre-cut super soft butter and rub it into flour+powder with your hands.

3. When you have no big chunks of butter left, add 1 egg yolk to glue everything together. Keep on mixing with your hands until everything gets smooth.

4. Roll out the dough (2mm thick) on a baking paper and cut it into cookies (any shape you want). Your cookies will grow just a bit, so leave a bit of space between them.

5. Bake for 15-18 minutes in a pre-heated oven 170C/338F/fan. Let the cookies chill and harden before taking them out of the baking tray and adding glazing. To make the cookies even more exciting, I decided to decorate them by drawing little deer faces and New Year tree lights. When I finished the work, we could not find a single plate that my cookies could fit in, as there were 32 of them! Crazy? Well, they were gone in two days. This is how delicious and appetizing they are! Happy New 2019 Year!

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