Friday, December 9, 2016

Christmas Around the World. Pryaniki (Russian Spice Drops) #ChristmasCookies

Today is Day 9 of the 12 Days of Christmas Cookies.  We are 2/3 of the way through with this wonderful event.  I have been traveling the world to bring you a different country's cookie each day. It has been a lot of fun and I want to thank you for joining with me on this world tour.  I love learning of other cultures through their foods and traditions.

Welcome to the 12 Days of Cookies, hosted by Family Around the Table and Cooking With Carlee. We are filling the season with all kinds of delicious cookies.  Be sure to check out some of the recipes below or you can follow along on Facebook or Twitter by searching #ChristmasCookies.  We also have a 12 Days of Cookies Pinterest board where you can see all of the goodness!  May your holidays be sweet!

Today we are visiting Russia.  Our very first exchange student, Marina, came to us from Russia. My Marina was delightful and started us on a path of many years of exchange students.  We maintain contact with all of our "kids" and pray that one day we can have all of them together with us over the holidays.

I already visited Poland during this tour and almost skipped Russia because their food is so similar but then I found this recipe for a spice cookie that sounded so wonderful I couldn't resist.

This recipe, like many during this event, comes from Barbara Rolek, Eastern European Food Expert over at

adapted from Barbara Rolek, Eastern European Food Expert

1 egg
2 egg yolks
6 T. butter, melted
3/4 c. honey
3 c. flour
3 t. baking powder
1/2 t. cardamom
1/2 t. cinnamon
1/4 t. cloves
dash of salt
1/2 c. powdered sugar
1 1/2 T. water
colored sugar

In large bowl of stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment, beat together the egg, yolks, butter and honey.  Add the flour, baking powder, spices and salt, mix at low speed until combined.  Increase speed and mix until well incorporated. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour.

Roll chilled dough into smooth balls, using a cookie scoop so portions are even.  Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake in a preheated 350* oven for 16-18 minutes, rotating the baking sheets halfway through the baking time.  Cool cookies completely on a wire rack.

Combine powdered sugar and water in a shallow bowl until smooth.  Dip each cookie into the icing and sprinkle with colored sugar.  Print Recipe

Let's see what the other's baked up today!

Chestnut Praline Latte Cookies from A Palatable Pastime
Coffee Cake Cookies from Jolene's Recipe Journal
Lightened up Peanut Blossoms from Simple and Savory
Muddy Snowballs from Family Around the Table
Peppermint Meringues from Feeding Big
Toffee Shortbread from The Chef Next Door
Welcome Home Chocolate Chip Cookies from Cooking With Carlee


  1. Another great cookie. How many students did you host all together!! I imagine there would be some wonderful stories there!

    1. I had 5 that lived in my house. I placed about 30 students into other homes and would have regular contact with them while they were here.

    2. That would be so much fun! Then, not now! LOL

    3. Ahhh, yes but you got your grandchildren before the empty nest syndrome could get you in it's grasp.

    4. Did you do the exchange students after yours left home?? I don't think I'll have empty nest syndrome ever again!!

    5. Yes, our nest had been empty for nearly 10 yrs.


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