Yugoslavian Christmas Cookies


This is an unusual and incredibly sublime cookie.  I had these for the first time over ten years ago at a neighborhood Christmas cookie swap.  When I took my first bite, I remember, I almost swooned!  I loved that they were so unusual.  The crunchy nut and meringue topping over the berry shortbread crust was divine.  But there was something else…. something I couldn’t put my taste buds on!  I found out later, when my sweet neighbor Linnell gave me the recipe.  It was the clean, crisp addition of lemon extract.  That little addition took these cookies from delicious to, in my ever so almost humble opinion,  sublime.  I hope you give these a try.  They’re great all year round, btw![/donotprint]

Yugoslavian Christmas Cookies

By December 23, 2009



1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Cream butter and sugar together thoroughly; add egg yolk and salt and combine.  Add flour and combine.  Pat mixture into a 9X13 inch pan.
3. Beat egg whites until stiff.  Gradually add 1 cup sugar.  Continue to beat until you reach a meringue consistency.  Gently fold in ground walnuts and lemon extract.
4. Spread jelly over dough mixture in pan.

5. Swirl meringue over jelly.  Sprinkle with chopped walnuts.

6. Bake for about 40 minutes.


27 Responses to Yugoslavian Christmas Cookies

  1. Angie's Recipes

    These cookie triangles look really special and tempting!

  2. HoneyB

    Kathleen, these look yummy! One of my best friends is Yugoslavian and her MIL whoe came over from Yugoslavia years ago- made us these crepes that I will NEVER forget. Of course, I can't seem to replicate them either, but this post reminded me of them! I hope you have a Merry Christmas!

  3. Rhonda @ Shellbelle's Tiki Hut

    Oh Kathleen, these look and sound wonderful. I love finding recipes from other countries, it just brings the world closer together — kitchen to kitchen.

    Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, my new friend!

  4. Fresh Local and Best

    These cookies look incredible, perfect for enjoying after Christmas dinner!

  5. Christy

    yum! all my baking WAS done…but I have a close friend who is Croatian and I know her father would love these…I am going to make them today–definitely!
    Thanks for posting and Merry Christmas

  6. A Year on the Grill

    I have had these before… never knew the origin, but that makes a wonderful cookie… Blackberry jam!!!

    these rock

  7. Jamie Cooks It Up!

    These look great Kathleen…and great job on your cute header! It's looking fancy around here! Have a Merry Christmas!

  8. Vodka Logic

    Omg they look great… going to try them

  9. Karine

    Your cookies sound amazing! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  10. Norm

    linnell is a cookie master!

  11. Joanne

    Wow these sound seriously fantastic. And I love the photo! It looks like a spiral staircase (to cookie heaven).

    Happy holidays!

  12. Colleen @ MuralMaker&More

    Oh, Yum. Thanks for visiting my food blog the other day. I'm off to make Penuche (brn sugar fudge), toffee, eggnog cheesecake & lemon cake. Gotta remember to take pics for posts!

    Have a wonderful Christmas!

  13. carma

    They do look sinfully delicious!!

    I want to thank you for visiting my blog and for the kind words you left on my “wounded bird” post. It meant a lot. It really did 🙂

    Have a wonderful holiday!

  14. Mari @ Once Upon a Plate

    Hi Kathleen! Oh. My. Gosh. Those look utterly fabulous. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe. You're a gem!

    I would like to wish you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas, and all of the best in 2010.

    I'm so happy you're blogging, it's always such a pleasure to visit your site. xo ~m

  15. deb

    LOVE…LOVE…LOVE the new blog layout and logo! So cute. THe photos have always been fabulous but the new layout makes them pop even more. Great job…kudos to your graphic designer;-)

    Merry Christmas to everyone love ya!!!!!

  16. Katy ~

    I'm saving this. I so love family recipes from other countries, and this one is a gem. Thank you so very much for sharing. As someone said, bring the world closer kitchen by kitchen.

  17. Donna-FFW

    These cookies sound absolutely incredible. I am so bookmarking to try them soon.

  18. Hilary Havarti

    Yum! This looks delish. Bookmarking, stat. Thanks for visiting weheartmacandcheese.com.

  19. Simply Life

    i'm so impressed! Coming from a family where I grew up on these, I never thought I'd see them in the blog-world! they look great!

  20. melrose

    :)) I am from former Yu, and this is known as 'London stanglice' (smth. like Bars from London) or according to some sources 'Damen Kapric' (smth. like ladie's caprice). I like it very much!

  21. Arlette

    These cookies sounds amazing…
    I bookmarked the recipe to give it a try next week.. I always look for a unique treats to try.

    thanks for sharing, i will let you know

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  23. Marlene

    I’m Croation & Slav & I will have to make these cookies along with Potica & all other ethnic dishes. They sound yummy!

    • Kathleen

      Hey Marlene! I Love these so much! Hope you do as well!

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