This is going to be a short post - the one containing sweetness. :)
Vanilice (pronounced vah-ny-ly-tseh ) are tiny Serbian cookies made for holidays and special occasions. Vanilice (which means “little vanillas”) are bite-sized cookie sandwiches with jam and vanilla scented powder sugar. Vanilice hold such a special place in the Serbian cuisine and tradition, that in good old days every self-respected lady of the house was expected to make a very special jam, usually rosehip or apricot, to be used for Vanilice.
There are many variations of the recipe. Thousand of them. My grandma was the creator of our family's version. She was so proud of it, that until the day she died, she supervised every family member in the process of making Vanilice. Including me.
While you'll be reading tomorrow's edition of Love Story,
I'll be making them! :)
..and here's how:
400 grams of lard
12 tbsp sugar
2 dcl yogurt / (if you don't have it: that's no problem: one cup of milk + one tablespoon of vinegar)
zest of 1 lemon - optional (if they are not in season, we skip them - as I will tomorrow)
700-750 grams flour (use less, then add more until your dough is hard enough)
vanilla (we here use powder)
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius (that, my dear friends is 390F).
Line the baking pans with parchment paper.
With the electric mixer mix lard and sugar until smooth .Add yogurt, grated lemon zest and with flour make dough. The dough should be soft ,but it shouldn't stick to your hands.On a floured surface roll the dough to 1 cm thickness (bit under half an inch).
With a small round cookie cuter (mine is 2,5cm diameter - one inch) cut out shapes and line them onto pans. Surely, you can get creative - use the flower shaped cookie cutter. :)
Bake for 10-12 minutes - do not let then go brown.They should be white.
Make sandwiches with jam and roll generously in powdered sugar mixed with vanilla sugar.