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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Sprinkle butter cookies (Italian) and baby arrival

After a long wait, our baby arrived (well, more than a week ago, but we were too caught up with everything to make time to post) :). Her name is Mira. We're posting a recipe of cookies with sugar confetti to celebrate the little princess. Powerpuff girl style :)

Buttery sugar cookies, with a hint of lemon and a coating of colorful sugar sprinkles that are a staple in Italian bakeries. We had these around for the winter holidays and they sure were a delicious treat :).
Recipe adapted from Saveur

Last year: White Turkish rice pudding (with rosewater and almonds), Florentine pie (with spinach and egg), Bramboraki (Czech potato pancakes) and Chicken with cream and mushrooms

  • 170 g butter
  • 170 g sugar
  • 190 g flour
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • zest of one lemon
  • 1 egg white
  • multi-colored sugar sprinkles (about 50-60 g)
First, mix the flour, baking powder and salt and let aside. Put the butter and sugar in the bowl of your food processor:

Mix very well until pale and fluffy, add the vanilla, egg and lemon zest:

Mix some more until well blended. Add the dry ingredients and mix until an even batter is formed.

Line a tray with baking paper and get about 1 spoonful of batter and place it on the sheet. Continue, leaving some distance between the future cookies:

Press the balls of dough into disks. Put the tray in the fridge and chill for 30 minutes. When you're ready to bake them, preheat oven to 190 degrees C and prepare the rest. Lightly beat the egg white in a cup and put the colorful sugar sprinkles on a plate.

Take one cookie disk at a time, brush it with egg-white (only on the frontal side) and press it into the sprinkles with the moist side. Place it back on the tray and continue with the rest.

Put them into the preheated oven and bake for about 10 minutes. Take out, allow to cool and repeat with the rest of the dough (if, like us, you can't bake multiple trays at once). We repeated 2 times (3 trays total).

Place cookies in an airtight container (like our tin cookie box in the main picture) and they'll keep wonderfully for days. Or eat them all at once. At any pace, dig in! :)


  1. welcome to the world Mira! Congrats mom and dad, hope all is going well!

  2. Felicitari cu fetita voastra! Ce nume frumos are!
    Sa va bucurati de ea, cresc atat de repede copii... asta vad cand ma uit la fetitele mele :-).
    Va pup si inca o data felicitari!


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