Glazed Vanilla Cookies (Pryaniki)

Moist, delicious vanilla cookies. Doused in an easy-to-make, easier-to-devour glaze. These are the perfect addition to your holiday spread.

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Oh boy, am I excited to share this special recipe with you. Pryaniki. They’re delicious. Nostalgic. Festive. And oh so versatile. They’re Russian spiced cookies, sometimes known as honey bread, that are traditionally served during special occasions. They’re one of my favorites, and soon they’ll be yours too. Yup. They’re that good. 

You’ll find that many of my traditional Russian dough recipes include sour cream since it adds an additional level of moisture. Like these irresistible crumbled jam bars. And this cookie dough is no different. 

When you combine the sour cream with egg yolks, flour, sugar, butter, lemon, and the perfect amount of vanilla, you’ll have a slightly sticky, slightly wet dough. Don’t panic. It’s supposed to be like that. Freeze it for an hour. Grab a drink. Stretch. And imagine yourself savoring one, or twelve, of these cookies. No judgment here. Never ever for cookies. 

Ingredients

  • 2 egg yolks from large eggs
  • 1 3/4 cups of sugar
  • 2 cups of sour cream
  • 1/2 tsp of baking soda
  • 1/2 of a lemon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups of flour, unbleached

Glaze:

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

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On your mark. Get set. Bake.

Skip the cookie scooper for these. We’re going old school and making these bad boys with our hands. Wet your hands and form the dough into even balls. Into the oven, these pretty cookies go. 

Bake for about 20 minutes. The cookies will bake to light golden perfection. 

In the meantime, make your glaze. Two ingredients. Super easy. Super yummy.

Oh, look. The cookies have baked. Now comes the magic. You brush the glaze on all sides of the cookies. They should be entirely covered. Drenched.

How to make Glazed Vanilla Cookies:

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

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  • In a little bowl, juice 1/2 a lemon, and 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.

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  • After an hour take the dough out. Preheat your oven to 350F. Prepare 2 baking sheets with parchment paper (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.

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

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  • 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 until well incorporated.

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  •  When you take out pryaniki 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.)

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  •  Store either in a Ziploc bag or in a covered dish.

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My mouth is watering.

These cookies and this glaze are absolutely divine together. Whether you’re hosting a holiday party or bringing a dessert to a potluck, you can’t go wrong with them. Want to kick it up a notch? Serve these with tea. Samovar and everything. Uh-mazing.

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Glazed Vanilla Cookies Pryaniki

Glazed Vanilla Cookies (Pryaniki)

Course Dessert
Cuisine Russian
Servings 10
Calories 495 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 egg yolks (from large eggs)
  • 1 ¾ cups sugar
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ a lemon juiced
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups flour (unbleached)

Glaze:

  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 ½ cups powdered sugar

Instructions
 

  • Separate egg yolks from egg whites from 2 large eggs.
  • Beat 2 egg yolks with 1 3/4 cups of sugar.
    Glazed Vanilla Cookies Pryaniki
  • In a little bowl, squeeze out juice from 1/2 a lemon, and 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.
    Glazed Vanilla Cookies Pryaniki
  • After an hour take the dough out. Preheat your oven to 350F. Prepare 2 baking sheets with parchment paper (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.
    Glazed Vanilla Cookies Pryaniki
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until the the bottom of the cookies start to get a brownish color.
    Glazed Vanilla Cookies Pryaniki
  • 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 until well incorporated.
    Glazed Vanilla Cookies Pryaniki
  • When you take out pryaniki 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.)
    Glazed Vanilla Cookies Pryaniki
  • Store either in a ziploc bag or in a covered dish.
    Glazed Vanilla Cookies Pryaniki

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Glazed Vanilla Cookies (Pryaniki)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 495 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 63mg21%
Sodium 113mg5%
Potassium 126mg4%
Carbohydrates 96g32%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 66g73%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 338IU7%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 62mg6%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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2 Comments

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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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