Polish Pretzel Butter Cookies

by jerseygirl on November 17, 2011 · 20 comments

This past week, my nine year old son had to do a cultural project for school. Since my husband’s father is Polish, my son decided to find out more about Poland. This included information on my favorite thing which is food. Most of the children decided to make some kind of cultural dish so my son picked a traditional Polish cookie.

I was very proud of my son as he did most of the research himself. He is a fairly picky eater so I didn’t expect him to stray from the path of picking a simple dessert. Since his class has a few nut allergies, we also stayed away from any recipes that contained nuts. We came up with this buttery cookie that contains hard cooked egg yolks. The dough is refrigerated and twisted like a pretzel. Colored sprinkles or sugar are added to the cookies before baking. This is a wonderful recipe to make with kids and I will add it to my holiday collection.

My son was so proud of his cookies. He was ecstatic when they were all eaten up too.

Polish Pretzel Butter Cookies (adapted from About.com)
2 sticks salted butter, softened
3 cups flour
3 large cooked egg yolks, mashed
1 cup confectioners  sugar
1 egg, beaten well
colored sprinkles or sugar
In large mixing bowl, cut butter into flour as for pie dough. Add mashed egg yolks and confectioners sugar, mixing well. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least one hour. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Take walnut-sized pieces of dough and roll into a rope. Form into a pretzel shape and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Use a pastry brush to coat the cookies with egg and sprinkle with colored sugar or sprinkles. Bake 12-14 minutes or until lightly brown. Cool for 10 minutes on a cookie rack. Makes about 4 dozen cookies.
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