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Aug 182014
 
Breksvice- Peach cookies

Breksvice- Peach cookies

 

If you live in a city that goes by the name Mile High city ( Denver for you English speaking people), you know that baking at high altitude comes with a lot of challenges. And for someone like me, who had not baked before I landed in the US, it just meant that for quite a while I did not even know what on earth was going wrong with my cookies. Like any enthusiastic novice baker, I would bake batches of cakes and cupcakes and muffins and brownies and cookies. While my cakes got better and better – so much so that one friend commissioned me to bake one for her wedding, my cookie baking skills were not improving. The fact that I baked them only once a year during Holidays might have a lot to contribute to it.

Breksvice

My friend Holly, who writes the beautiful blog, A Baker’s House is the inspiration behind me joining the cookie Exchange. It was because of her beautiful cookies that I decided to jump into the Creative Cookie Exchange. I may not make the best cookies yet, but I will be trying to make them every month. And If I fail, I will be amongst friends of the cookie exchange who will tell me a thing or two about cookies. It is a win win!

The theme this month is Creative Uses for the Summer Bounty! Why should cookies be left out from the summer harvest? They shouldn’t! If you are a blogger and want to join in the fun, contact Laura at thespicedlife AT gmail DOT com and she will get you added to our Facebook group, where we discuss our cookies and share links.

You can also just use us as a great resource for cookie recipes–be sure to check out our Pinterest Board and our monthly posts (you can find all of them here at The Spiced Life). You will be able to find them the first Tuesday after the 15th of each month! Also, if you are looking for inspiration to get in the kitchen and start baking, check out what all of the hosting bloggers have made:

Since this month’s theme required that we make use of summer’s bounty, peaches instantly came to my mind. August is the perfect time to enjoy fresh and juicy Palisade peaches. And as soon as they start showing up here in Denver, I start with making a peach jam. Since my peach jam was ready, my first thought was to do thumbprint cookies  with peach jam.  But that would have meant that I took the road often traveled. So I decided to try out the  Breskvice – Jam Filled, Peach Shaped Cookies. Spiked with a little booze and home made peach jam, these were a lot of fun to make and a lot of fun to eat.

I sourced the recipe from Cafe Chocolada and made a few changes to make the recipe work for high altitude. If you don’t live at high altitude, do try the recipe from Cafe Chocolada.

 

Breskvice – Jam Filled, Peach Shaped Cookies

Breskvice – Jam Filled, Peach Shaped Cookies

Ingredients

    For the cookie dough
  • 400 grams of flour
  • 150 gms butter
  • 100 grams sugar
  • 2 medium eggs
  • a pinch of salt
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • For the filling
  • cookie crumbs from the carving
  • 1/3 cup peach jam
  • 1 tbs rum
  • 1 tsp coco powder
  • 2 tbs of chopped nuts ( optional - I did not use any)
  • For coloring
  • Two small bowls filled with 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp rum
  • Yellow and red food colors
  • Final process
  • fine grain sugar for rolling the cookies in - about 1/2 cup
  • Special Equipment
  • A food grade paint brush

Instructions

    Make the dough
  1. Cream the butter and sugar together. Add in the eggs, sift in the flour, salt and baking powder. Mix until combined. If the dough feels dry, add in a bit of water or milk.
  2. Cover and keep refrigerated for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat the oven to 375*F
  4. Make equal size round dough balls and line them on a parchment lined baking sheet. Try and get an even number because we will be joining pairs. I got about 40 singles and finally 20 cookies from my recipe.
  5. Bake for 12 - 15 minutes. The cookies won't brown at the top so check the bottom of the cookies for a light brown tinge.
  6. Allow them to cool slightly.
  7. Core out the center of the cookies from the bottom, Take care to not break them, I used an apple corer to core out the center from each cookie. Save the crumbs for filling.
  8. We will use the crumbs mixed in with the jam to fill the cookies.
  9. Make the filling
  10. Using a fork, crumble the cookie crumbs and mix it with all ingredients of the filling. This should be a little thick so the cookie halves can stick together.
  11. Assemble the cookies
  12. Fill in the cavities of the cookies and put two cookies together joining them into a sandwich.
  13. Color the cookies
  14. Mix a few drops red in one bowl and a few drops of yellow in the other.
  15. Divide the sugar, vanilla and rum and add them equally to both the bowls of colored water. Stir to mix well
  16. With a paint brush, first color the base of the cookies in yellow. This will be the bottom edge where they are joined.
  17. Then take the red paint mix and color all over.
  18. While the cookies are still moist, roll them in sugar.
  19. Allow the cookies to rest for a few hours at room temperature (covered) and then enjoy.
http://www.spiceroots.com/breskvice-jam-filled-peach-shaped-cookies/

  21 Responses to “Breskvice – Jam Filled, Peach Shaped Cookies”

Comments (16)
  1. Nice peaches! I mean cookies!

     
  2. I think those are the most beautiful cookies I’ve ever seen. Pinned

     
  3. As I have said before, you are an artist. I rest my case after seeing these pictures.

     
  4. So, yeah, these are the MOST BEAUTIFUL COOKIES I HAVE EVER SEEN!

    Seriously, I am in awe of how gorgeous these cookies are … and they sound positively delicious!

    Thanks for sharing!

     
  5. These look gorgeous! Luckily, I live at a considerably lower elevation than you, so I don’t have that problem. Which means I have no excuse for not making these! Thanks so much.

     
  6. My friends grandmother makes these and they are so delicious! I’ve been wanting a recipe for ever and can’t wait to try this!

     
  7. These are so cute!

     
  8. I think you know plenty about cookie baking! Those are GORGEOUS! And I have seen them before but never known their name, so I have learned something also!

     
  9. These are gorgeous Ansh; if they tasted half as good as they look I know they were amazing.

     
  10. How about you just give me some cookies? I can be by real soon 😉

     
  11. Wow, these are stunning! You have out-done yourself and it is obvious that you are being too hard on yourself– your baking at any altitude is amazing! So glad to connect with you on the #CreativeCookieExchange and I’ll hope to do an in-person cookie exchange next time we meet up.

     
  12. So proud of my friend 🙂

     
  13. What great cookies! It’s interesting about your high altitude difficulties. I have high humidity problems when trying to make candies.

     

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