Cooking series: Christmas cookies from Bulgaria

As I mentioned before, in our family we don’t celebrate Christmas. But it doesn’t stop us from honouring this special day and to do Christmas craft and cooking.

I have recently come upon this amazing  Bulgarian website – Krokotak. It has lots of printables and activities related to various subjects: holidays, science, recipes, drawing and more. It came up during the search for my Pinterest Board for  Hand Print Christmas Trees. And while browsing I found a great recipe for Christmas cookies – very easy to make and these cookies were a total hit in my playgroup!

The site offers an English platform as well but this particular recipe is only in Bulgarian. I didn’t have to use a translation software as Russian and Bulgarian are pretty close (both Slavic languages and both use the same Alphabetic system).  I am posting the translation of the recipe and instructions below as well as the end result at our playgroup!

Christmas in many Eastern European countries is celebrated on the eve of January 6th and the actual day is January 7th. So perhaps when you are teaching your children about various holidays around the globe, you can make these cookies on January 6th or 7th!


170 gr of butter
3/4 cups of sugar
3 egg yolks
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
2 cups of flour (note from me: I used more like 2.5 cups!)
1/4 teaspoon of salt
2 teaspoons of cocoa powder


Beat butter with sugar, add egg yolks, vanilla and mix together. Then, add flour with salt. Make a dough. If necessary, add more flour, so it is pleasant to work with.

Divide the dough into 2 parts, to one of which add cocoa powder.

Bake 15-18 minutes at 180-200C (note: I baked at 190 for about 15 minutes). They are ready when the edges start turning golden brown. 

Cool down for  5 minutes, so when you remove them, they don’t break.

I hope you enjoy making these cookies as much as we did!

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