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Glazed Vanilla Cookies Pryaniki

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.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Freeze Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 50 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Russian
Servings 10
Calories 495 kcal


  • bowls
  • stand mixer
  • citrus squeezer
  • cooling rack
  • hand mixer
  • pastry brush


  • 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)


  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 ½ cups powdered sugar


  • 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 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.
Keyword cookies, chocolate chips, dessert, glaze, lemon, lemon juice, powdered sugar, pryaniki, russian cookies, russian dessert, sour cream, vanilla, vanilla cookies, vanilla glaze
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