12.21.2016

Recipe | Traditional Romanian C-Shaped Christmas Cookies


Today, I'm sharing the recipe for my favorite Romanian cookies. Ever since I was a little girl, my mom would make these every Christmas and my whole family would munch on these goodies from the moment they came out of the oven. They make your whole house smell amazing and they're a great snack for the kids to nibble on without the mess.

It's just an added bonus that these cookies are so simple to make! 

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INGREDIENTS:

- Salted Butter at room temperature: 250 grams -- about two 4 oz sticks and a tablespoon
- Powdered Sugar: 150 grams -- about 5.3 oz
- Eggs: 2
- Grounded Walnuts: 2 1/2 cups
- Vanilla Extract: 1 tablespoon
- Flour: as needed
* this recipe makes about 70 to 80 cookies, give or take, depending on how thick you make them. 

DIRECTIONS: 
  1. Preset oven temperature to 350 degrees. 
  2. Make sure the butter you have is at room temperature -- if it's not, it will ruin the dough by making it hard. your goal is to have a soft, non-sticky dough that is moldable.
  3. Ground walnuts -- my mother has a machine from Romania that I use to ground walnuts, but you can also use a food processor to ground them, but just make sure you pulse the walnuts in the processor. if you don't, the walnuts become a paste rather than the fine shreds this recipe needs.
    Ground Walnuts
  4. Take your 2 eggs, your grounded walnuts, your 250 grams of room temperature salted butter, 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract and your 150 grams of powdered sugar and place them in a mixing bowl.
  5. Mix the elements together with your hand and add flour. Start with 1 cup of flour and mix. 
  6. Keep adding flour until the dough no longer sticks to the bowl you're mixing in -- as you add flour, please note that the flour needs to be soft, so be careful.
    Dough should look like this
  7. The dough is ready to be molded as soon as you're done mixing, no wait time for rising and such, so break off a small chunk of dough, placing it in your hand or on the plastic board you will be rolling and molding on. 
  8. From the dough in your hand, break off another piece of and roll it into a small ball (about the size of a small ping pong ball). 
  9. Place that ball on a plastic board, and with the palm of your hand, roll it into a line. Make sure it's a uniformed line because the dough is soft and you don't want it to break apart when you mold it. 
  10. Take that line that you just rolled, and form it into a C-shape and place on a backing pan. 

  11. Fill pan with your C-shaped cookies and then place in oven. 
  12. Bake until cookies turn a golden brown.
  13. Take out of the oven and let cool. When cool, shake pan slightly until cookies slide. 
  14. Place cookies in bowl or container until ready to serve.

TO SERVE:



You can eat these plain, 
or 
you can sprinkle powdered sugar on them for a pretty white look.



I typically place a cup of powdered sugar in a plastic ziplock bag and throw in a handful of cookies. After zipping up the bag, we gently shake the bag so the powdered sugar can coat the cookies. 
This method saves time and prevents a mess.

Then it's time to place them on a platter,
serve & enjoy!

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