Friday, February 10, 2012

Estonian recipes: Condensed Milk Cookies (kondenspiimaküpsised)

Condensed milk cookies / Kondenspiimaküpsised

I'm continuing with sharing Estonian recipes with you this month, in anticipation of the national holiday later this month. Here's a small baking project for the weekend - small, delicious and crispy-tender condensed milk cookies. The recipe is adapted from a classic Estonian cookbook "Valik toiduretsepte" (the 1974 edition), where they're called simply "milk cookies". The sweetened condensed milk gives those cookies not only a desired sweetness, but also a slight dulce de leche flavour, which I find very appealing.

Condensed Milk Cookies

250 g all-purpose/plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
a pinch of salt
1 tsp vanilla sugar or vanilla extract
150 g cold butter, cubed
175 g sweetened condensed milk
2-3 Tbsp water

a small egg whisked with some water, for brushing

Mix the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, salt, vanilla sugar) in a bowl, then add the cold cubed butter. Using a knife, cut the butter into the flour mixture, until it resembed wet crumbs. Now add the condensed milk and using your hands, knead into a ball (you may not need the water at all).
Place the dough into the fridge for half an hour, so the gluten can relax a little.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough until 3-4 mm thick (1/8th of an inch). Cut into shapes (I cut into diamonds, using a roller cutter).
Transfer the cookies into a lined baking sheet and brush with an egg wash.
Bake in a preheated 200 C / 400 F oven until light golden brown.


Iris Chang said...

Pille, I miss the cakes, pies... whatever u baked...

MelissaH said...

Is the condensed milk an Estonian tradition? Was fresh milk hard to get or keep at some time? Just wondering. :-)

Regina said...

Hi, I wanted to tell you I used your recipe to make these cookies. My husband and I really enjoyed them! Thanks so much for sharing!

Pille said...

Iris - good old times at the Churchill House kitchen in Edinburgh, I know :)

Melissa - fresh milk was around as well, but this recipe uses sweetened condensed milk, and that gives them a totally different (and nice!) flavour

Regina - thank you!!

Anonymous said...

For what holiday are the cookies eaten.

Pille said...

Anon. - no specific holiday, just your regular afternoon cuppa :)

crumpetsandco said...

Hi Pille, i wanted to let you know i tried these cookies and loved them! Thanks for the recipe and my compliments for your beautiful blog!


heidi said...

Any idea how long they will last? Am thinking of baking them about one week in advance, would that be a problem?

Pille said...

Heidi, they might actually be fine for a week in a closed container in a cool place.