I’ve heard these cookies called breskva or breskvice which basically means peach. However, I usually hear them called “those little peach cookies”. When I was little I always reached for these but was disappointed when they didn’t taste like an actual peach. I got over it quickly when I discovered they were down right delicious.
Fun Fact: I attempted to make these a few years ago and failed. I was feeling brave and attempted to make them again this year.
The Dough (I had to translate this from metric so there is some guessing involved)
Preheat oven to 350
2 Cups Sugar
1 1/2 Cups Vegetable Oil
1 Cup Milk
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp Vanilla
7 Cups Flour
First mix sugar, oil, milk and eggs. Add in baking powder and vanilla. Slowly add in Flour. I do one cup at a time. In the end the consistency is almost sticky looking. If it is still sticky, add a little more flour. I had to add in more flour as I went.
Make small rolled balls and place on a cookie sheet. Bake for 12-14 minutes. You want them to look pale.
Then the “fun” part. You have to scoop out a small area on the bottom of each cookie and save the scooped out part. Think like the size of the pit of a peach. However, I like a lot of filling so some of them I really hollow out.
2 Cups cookie crumbs
2 Cups ground walnuts
1 Jar of Peach jam (you can also use apricot)
2 tbsp of Rum (I use spiced rum because that’s what I had)
1 tbsp cinnamon
I take about a tsp or half tsp of filling and sandwhich it between 2 cookies to make the peach shape. It’s ok for some filling to leak out but wipe it off. You want to see the brown in the middle.
1 Cup milk
Red and yellow food coloring
2 Cups of sugar (or until all the cookies are coated)
1 tsp Vanilla
1/2 cup of milk is split into 2 bowls. One bowl gets 2 drops of red food coloring, the next bowl gets 1 drop of red and 2 drops of yellow. Both bowls get a splash of vanilla. (You should use peach brandy in one of the bowls but I couldn’t find it anywhere) Put 1/2 cup of sugar in the 3rd bowl. Add sugar to the last bowl as you go.
I set up an assembly line, even though it is just me. I dunk half the cookie in the pink bowl, the other half I dunk in the orange bowl and then I coat it in sugar. The cookies should be wet but not sopping wet. You want to coat them in sugar but not clump up your sugar.
I place them all on a cookie sheet to dry.
Yeah these are pretty amazing and probably Ryan’s new favorite cookie.
There is a lot of work that goes into these cookies but you will not be disappointed. I look them to my in laws yesterday and I should have snapped pictures of their faces as they bit into them.
I usually spread the work out and do them in 3 days. Bake the cookies one day, fill them the next and coat them on the third.
For Christmas this year I baked chocolate chip cookies, short bread cookies, s’mores cookies (that didn’t come out amazing but I’ll try again), sugar cookies (that were supposed to be leg lamps but kept breaking), linzer cookies (one of my favorites!) kolacki and breskvice. I’m already looking forward to baking even more Christmas cookies next year!
Do you bake cookies for Christmas? What is your favorite?