The traditional Spritati cookie from Moldova is one that reminds most Moldavans of the cookie tins in their youth. This simple cookie was originally made with lard and belonged to the baking repertoire of almost every Moldovan mother. The spritati cookie should really be formed with a cookie press. I do not have one, so I made it with a piping bag with a wide star nozzle. The dough is quite firm, so I had to push the dough through the nozzle quite firmly. Next time I will make the cookie with some more moisture to make it easier to get through the nozzle. With a cookie press, you probably won’t need that extra moisture. The spritati biscuit dough is not overly sweet or buttery. The biscuit does not fall apart easily and it passed my coffee-dunk test with flying colours! So enjoy eating it with a cup of tea or coffee.
Spritati cookie from Moldova
For ± 15 cookies
75 g (⅓ cup) of soft butter
50 g (¼ cup) sugar
(2 tablespoons milk for dough that goes into the piping bag)
200 g (1½ cups) flour
7 g (1 heaped tsp) vanilla sugar
pinch of salt
¼ tl baking powder
grated rind of ½ lemon
With a mixer beat the butter with the sugar. Add the egg and mix well.
Add the flour, vanilla sugar, salt and baking powder and mix roughly. Add the lemon and mix into a soft dough. Add the milk when you use a piping bag.
Preheat the oven to 170°C / 350°F. Transfer the dough to a cookie press or a piping bag with a wide star nozzle.
Bake the biscuits in the middle of the oven for 15-20 mins. until very light brown and done. Take from the oven and leave to cool on the cookie tin.
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