Prep 30 mins
Cook 20 mins
Most Albanian desserts trace their roots from either Turkey or Greece. Along with Sheqerpare, a guest in an Albanian home may be offered Turkish coffee and raki, a clear, strong brandy made from grapes. From the cookbook "The Best of Albanian Cooking" submitted for "My Food Odyssey"
- 2 cups sugar
- 3⁄4 cup butter, softened
- 2 egg yolks
- 2 cups flour
- 1⁄4 teaspoon baking soda
- 3⁄4 cup water
- 3⁄4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 -3 whole cloves
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In mixer, cream together butter and one cup of the sugar until fully incorporated. Add egg yolks, one at a time, until mixture is smooth. Stir in flour and baking soda a little at a time until a soft dough forms.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to 1/3" thick. Cut into 2 inch rounds and place on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Place in oven and cook for 20 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned.
- While the cookies are baking, add the remaining sugar and water to a small saucepan and cook over medium to medium-high heat for about 10 to 15 minutes or until the syrup spins a long thread. Remove from heat. Season with vanilla and cloves to taste.
- When cookies are done, remove from oven and place on rack to cool slightly. Pour hot syrup over cookies. Serve at room temperature.