Vanilice – traditional Balkan cookies

“Vanilice” (Little Vanilla cookies) are traditional cookies that are mostly prepared for holidays and greater celebrations like weddings, family celebrations… This recipe is the most popular cookies on continental Balkan, that is in Croatia and Serbia. Vanilice are very delicious and “contagious” for eating. Of course, don’t eat them too much if you are watching after your diet. 😀

Vanilice cookies preparation

Mix grease with mixer until it becomes foamy, and then add yolk and one whole egg, juice, planned lemon bark and vanilla sugar. Now put the flour, knead the dough. Divide the dough on two-three equal parts and each part individually twist into stretch foil and leave it in a fridge for 15-20 minutes.

Then on a floured board stretch out the crust about 1 cm thick, and use the model to single out little round cakes (Johnny-cake). The best size is when you can eat them in one bite. Line it up on oiled baking tray or on a tray that is covered with baking paper and put them at the distance of 1cm because they grow while baking.

Bake the cakes on 180°C (350°F) for about 15-20 minutes; watch carefully that they stay white!

Vanilice cookies preparation

Baked Vanilice (Vanilla cookies) cover with jam while they are still hot and put them two by two. Roll them in powder sugar in which you can add vanilla sugar.

Finished Vanilice keep in a closed dish so they don’t dry on air.

They are great with a glass of milk or fresh squeezed orange juice.

250 g butter or 200 g grease
5 spoons of sugar
1 yolk and one whole egg
Juice and planned lemon bark
1-2 vanilla sugar
Apricot jam, cherry jam
500 g flour

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2 thoughts on “Vanilice – traditional Balkan cookies

  • December 7, 2017 at 5:13 am

    What temperature and how long do you need to bake Vanilice cookies?

    • December 7, 2017 at 10:25 am

      Dear Dusanka,
      bake the cakes on 180°C (350°F) for about 15-20 minutes; watch carefully that they stay white!


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