Wednesday, August 14, 2013

What do I do when my husband is gone?

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... I bake! Well, not really :) But I felt a little bit like a dog going from one corner of the house to another, so I needed to do something to distract myself. We spent a lovely afternoon with the kiddos yesterday baking something super-yummy. I hope, you are not too tired of my recipes (hey, at least, it's not a zucchini one, right :)

To be honest, for the longest time, I was looking for a good recipe for one of my favorite Russian treats. It's called "sochniki" (literally, "juicies"). The problem is, for this recipe you need to use a special kind of farm cheese for the filling. I tried many things but I could never find the right stuff here in the US. Well, instead I made something just as yummy, I think. And that is:

Sweet lemon-ricotta filled cookies.

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So you will need:


For the dough:

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 large eggs
13 TB unsalted butter, melted
4.5 TB sugar powder
1/2 tsp. baking powder

For the filling:

3 TB flour 
1 egg
1/2 tsp. vanilla
Half of a small container of ricotta cheese (about 200 gr.)
1 1/2 TB sour cream
6 TB powdered sugar
zest of 1 lemon


1. Preheat oven to 375F
2. For the filling, separate an egg yolk from an egg white:

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 Take about half of the egg yolk and add it to the other items. Beat ingredients for the filling nicely with a hand mixer for about a minute. Cover and set aside (you will need the rest of your egg for brushing the cookies).
3. For the dough, beat together eggs, powdered sugar and melted butter. Add flour and form nice dough.

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4. Divide your dough in 12 equal pieces. Roll each piece into an oval (about 5 in long). Put appr. 2 TB on one side, carefully cover with another and pinch together. This dough is very buttery, so it might rip a little bit as you work with it. Don't worry! Try to cover big holes but don't be concerned too much about the small ones.

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5. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place your cookies 1 inch apart. Brush with leftover egg. Bake at 375F for about 30 min. or until lightly brown. Cool down and enjoy. They might not be the cutest cookies you've ever seen but, I promise, they'll be worth the effort!

I shared this recipe with these awesome parties:
The Mandatory Mooch   The Shabby Nest    My Turn (for us)   Blissful and Domestic  Tatertots and Jello
This Gal Cooks   By Stephanie Lynn   Homemaker on a Dime   Loves Bakes Good Cakes  Fluster Buster's party 
I should be  mopping the floor


  1. hi lena,
    the cookies look wonderful. thanks for sharing the recipe!!
    have a wonderful day,
    hugs regina

  2. I too like to bake and cook fancier things when I'm on my own. Something about a 2hr labor in the kitchen with other people just doesn't sound entertaining to me. I can also understand the unavailability of certain things in the states... we have never found a kind of cheese we used to have back home that was so yummy it could be eaten as is, or it could be fried and did not become a pool of goo. Fried cheese was the best thing to have with semi-ripe boiled plantains. Man, now I am homesick!

    1. Oh, I miss so many kinds of cheese that we can buy in Russia. But it's not necessarily the Russian cheese that I miss but all the European kinds that you can buy there :)

  3. The look is not important when the cookies are delicious, right?

  4. Sounds delicious! I love the combination of lemon and ricotta. Pinning for later! :)

    Michelle @ Ya Gotta Have a Hobby

  5. Feel free to stop by my house and bake a batch of these yummy cookies anytime you feel the urge to create something Lena! lol...I would love to have a batch...warm and with a glass of milk! Do you think I could add a little lemon curd to the ricotta mix? Thank you for sharing at the Fluster Buster party, I'm co hosting today, Have a great week Lena, Lizy

  6. Love these little cookies! They look delicious! We'd love for you to come over to our newest link party over at The Inspiration Network: DELISH- a desserts only link party. Bring your desserts and let's party!!

    Melanie and Diana
    The Inspiration Network

  7. I love ricotta cheese and I imagine that when it's sweetened and paired with lemon flavoring that they taste amazing. Thank you for coming by and sharing them on Fluster's Creative Muster. Now that you found our party I hope that you'll continue to join us every Tuesday evening.
    Robin @ Fluster Buster

  8. Just pinned and shared on Facebook as one of this weeks features from Freedom Fridays!!

    Hugs and thanks so much for sharing!!

    See you at Lets Get Social Sunday!


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