These goose foot cookies, a recipe from Russia, were given to me by a friend from there. He called them “творожное печенье”. They are quite tasty and easy to make, perfect for beginners! The farmer’s cheese or tvorog can be something you make or buy. We wanted to use homemade cheese to make this, and the results were delicious. We even tried a batch using homemade butter and it came out well too!
Prep Time: 1.5 (including 1 hour cookie dough resting)
Cooking Time: 20 minutes per batch
Servings: 30-40~ cookies depending on size
Ingredients for the Cookie Dough:
- 1/2 cup cold butter
- 4-6 oz. farmer’s cheese or tvorog
- 1 cup flour
- 1 egg yolk
Ingredients for Topping:
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- Optional: 1 tsp. cinnamon
- Kitchen weight scale
- Sturdy wooden spoon
- Mixing bowls x 1
- Plate x 1
- Rolling pin
- 3-inch cookie cutter or a cup
- Cookie sheet with silicon lining or oven-safe parchment paper
- Shred the cold butter, the colder the better, into small flakes in a bowl. Weigh out 4 oz. of farmer’s cheese or tvorog and add to the bowl. Separate an egg yolk from the egg by cracking the egg across the center, splitting it into two, and transferring the yolk back and forth (ideally over a small bowl or sink). Add the yolk and flour to the bowl. Mix with a sturdy spoon or use your hands and mix it together. It will be crumbly at first. You can turn the dough onto a counter and mix as well. Minimize adding flour to prevent stickiness.
- Once it is into a cohesive dough, place back into the bowl and cover. Place it into a fridge and chill for at least one hour. We want to maintain the chill in the dough to help flake the final product. In the meantime add 1/4 cup sugar to a plate. Add cinnamon if desired and mix with a fork to blend together.
- After the one-hour chill, pre-heat the oven to 350F. Remove the dough from the bowl and divide into 4 equal pieces. Refrigerate the dough balls you’re not working on. Using the rolling pin, roll each dough ball out to about 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch thick; you want it thin for the folding process. Cut circles using your cookie cutter or cup.
- For each circle, place it flat on the sugar plate. Then fold the circle in half, sugar-side inward. Place it again on the sugar, and fold in half again, sugar-side in again. Then place it one more time on the sugar, forming a quarter-circle. With your now-complete cookie (no more folding!) place on the cookie sheet, the sugar side up. Repeat with the remaining dough.
- Note it’s best to work fast to keep the dough chilled so it goes into the oven semi-cold. If you find your dough and cookies heating up, place them back in the fridge for a bit until chilled again.
- Bake at 350F for about 20 minutes; they will puff up and brown a bit on the top. Once done cooking, cool and enjoy as a snack or a nice savory dessert!
Making Farmer’s Cheese or Tvorog
Note safety measures when making cheese. Cheese is a product that can be spoiled by bad bacteria if made improperly. However it is fun to make fresh, delicious cheese at home. Cheesemaking.com is a good source of cheese recipes and making supplies, the buttermilk culture is amazing! Recipes for making farmer’s cheese or tvorog: