croatian cooking

Baka's Cookies (Traditional Croatian Christmas Cookies)

One of my fondest memories growing up in Croatia at Christmas time was my grandmother’s baking.

What fascinated me the most about my grandmother’s cooking was that she never kept recipes. Everything she made came straight from her head. She never wrote anything down.

So it was a real challenge trying to come up with the exact recipe for these cookies! Between gathering bits of pieces of everybody’s version of the cookies from aunts and cousins back in Croatia, I think this is the closest I could get to tasting and reliving my childhood Christmas memories….

These cookies are real simple to make. I hope you enjoy them! Merry Christmas! xo

Christmas Walnut Cookies


275ml flour
125ml sugar
1 egg
200ml butter
100g ground walnuts
5 tbs of dark rum
1 cup powder sugar
2 pkgs vanilla sugar



In a bowl, mix together flour, sugar and egg. Add ground walnuts and butter (cut up in small chunks. Mix all ingredients well, form a ball and wrap in plastic wrapping. Put the cookie mixture in the fridge for at least one hour.

Form crescents on a lightly floured surface. Place on cookie sheet covered with parchment paper, keeping about an inch distance between cookies. Work in batches - keeping the unused dough in the fridge while you are ready to bake the next batch.

Bake at 400F for approx. 8-10 minutes.

Let cookies cool completely. In a bowl mix together sugar powder and vanilla sugar. Dip cookies in the mixture, shaking off excess.

merry christmas

Merry Christmas

from our Family to Yours.


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