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Russia-Geese Feet Soft Farmer’s Cheese Cookies

Truthfully, what comes to mind, when I think of Russia in terms of food is beets, borscht, potatoes. I never really think of Cheese! Yep, after having some extra cheese left over from another recipe. I entered the great and vast land that is Google. My search turned up something very interesting. Geese Feet Cookies. Now you’re thinking what a strange name. Don’t stop thinking, because the ingredient list leaves you wondering. Can these taste any good? I mean the whole recipe consists of farmer’s cheese which is quite a bland cheese on it’s own, eggs, butter, flour and a  few droplets of water and a smattering of sugar. Since it’s kosher I will share it with you. This recipe is from Olga’s Flavor Factory her recipes sound wonderful although not all are kosher. Also check out her pictures they’re gorgeous and might help you with some of the steps especially if you’re more of a visual person. Back to the Geese Feet portion of the name, apparently these cookies look like geese feet hence the name. I also noticed that some people have had difficulty finding farmer’s cheese. If you are having difficulty finding farmer’s cheese, I suggest the kosher shops as long as you don’t go in before the great cheese holiday. (It’s not really a cheese holiday, but it is traditional to eat dairy foods on that holiday.) Otherwise I have seen some variations of these using other cheeses, but I cannot vouch for those. I would have loved to get a picture but these disappear so fast. They are quite addictive and delicious. Some tips when working with the dough or really and dough in general would be work in a cool room, keep your hands cold, I’ve rested my hands on an ice pack to cool them down when I felt them getting too warm, work quickly, don’t touch the dough too much, only take out a portion of dough at a time, that way the dough remains chilled. If the dough gets too warm you won’t be able to work with it. Also while greasing the pan will work, stick to the parchment paper, take it from me.

These are delicious warm!

 

SOFT FARMER’S CHEESE COOKIES 
PREP TIME
15 mins
COOK TIME
25 mins
TOTAL TIME
40 mins
 
Author: Olga’s Flavor Factory
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 80-100 cookies
INGREDIENTS
  • 2 sticks butter, chilled
  • 7.5 oz farmer’s cheese
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 Tablespoons water, cold or chilled
  • ½-1 cup sugar
 
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Grate the chilled butter on a box grater.
  2. Add the farmer’s cheese and flour. Use your hands to quickly mix the ingredients together. It will be a very dry and crumbly texture.
  3. Add the egg yolks and water. Mix the dough and knead on the counter until it comes together.
  4. Form the dough into a disc and wrap it up in aluminum foil. Refrigerate for at least an hour.
  5. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  6. Break off part of the dough and roll out pretty thinly on a well floured surface.
  7. Use a biscuit cutter (about 3 inches), an overturned cup or glass (preferably with thin edges) or anything else that is round and will be able to cut through the dough and press out as much circles from the dough as possible.
  8. Save the scraps, scrunch them into a little ball and refrigerate until it’s firm again.(Also keep the rest of the dough refrigerated when you’re not using it.)
  9. Put the sugar into a bowl and press one side of the circle of dough into the sugar.
  10. Fold it in half to form a half moon shape. Press one side into the sugar again, fold it in half and press one of the sides in the sugar.
  11. Repeat with the rest of the dough. Place the cookies sugar side up on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes, until the cookies are puffed and golden.
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