Glazed Vanilla Cookies (Pryaniki)




  • 2 egg yolk for large eggs
  • 1 3/4 cup of sugar
  • 2 cups of sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/2 of a lemon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups of flour, unbleached


  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 1/2 cups of powdered sugar



  • Separate egg yolks from egg whites from 2 large eggs.
  • Beat 2 egg yolks with 1 3/4 cup of sugar.


  • In a little bowl squeeze out juice from 1/2 a lemon, mix  it with 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda. It will foam, add to the eggs and sugar.
  • Add 2 cups of sour cream to the mix. Beat all together.
  • On low speed, mix in 3 cups of flour.
  • The dough will be a bit sticky. Transfer into a bowl, cover and put in the freezer for 1 hour.


  • After and hour, take the dough out. Preheat your oven to 350F. Prepare baking sheets (2)  with parchment paper or mat (you can also just spray with oil).
  • Wet your hands, this will help you roll the batter into balls easily. Make balls and place on cookie sheets. Leave room between each ball.


  • Bake for 20 minutes or until the the bottom of the cookies start to get a brownish color.


  • While the cookies are baking, make the glaze: With a hand mixer beat together 2 egg whites for 1 minute. Then add  2 1/2 cup of powdered sugar and beat till well incorporated.


  •  When you take out pryanki from the oven, let them cool down for a few minutes. Brush the glaze all around each cookie. (The glaze will dry fast on the cookies, so brush the tops let dry, then flip over and glaze the bottoms)


  •  Keep in a ziploc bag or covered.


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  2. I’m going to make this pryaniki today.. They look good! Love your website, it’s so simple and great recipe you have ..!

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