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“Lodochka” – recipe for Soviet shortbread cookies “The little boat”

"Lodochka" – recipe for Soviet shortbread cookies "The little boat"

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Russian shortbread cookies “Lodochka” are made of fine shortbread, fruity jam and sweet sugar glaze. They are shaped like little boats, which is how they got their name. The cookies used to be part of the assortment of many Soviet bakeries and can no longer be found in Russia. But you can make them yourself at home. A detailed recipe for the cookies “Lodochka” with exact quantities and step-by-step instructions can be found below.

Forgotten pastry of the Soviet era, which no longer exists in such a way

The cookies “Lodochka” originate from the distant Soviet times. At that time they were part of the assortment of some bakeries, school and work canteens. Even if now you can find these shortbread cookies in some stores in Russia, they do not come close to the pastries of the past. The classic recipe has been changed, which is reflected less positively in the taste of the cookies. By the way, the word “lodochka” translated from Russian means “little boat”.

Russian shortbread cookies "Lodochka"

Tender shortbread cookies with jam and sugar glaze

Russian shortbread cookies “The little boat” are made of a very tender, fluffy shortbread, which melts directly on the tongue. It is perfectly complemented by the fruity jam filling. The refreshing, sweet and sour sugar glaze with lemon juice rounds off the taste of the cookies “Lodochka”.

Baking fun with children

You can make the shortbread cookies “Lodochka” also with children. In fact, the recipe is perfect for them. Because shaping the sweet “little boats” from the dough is guaranteed to be fun for your kids. Children will also be happy to help with filling the cookies with jam and after baking with the glaze.

Cookies "The little boat"

What do I need to shape the little “boats”?

You will need an oval cookie cutter to cut out the cookies. I used a slightly larger mold I had at home and got 7 large cookies with it. You can, of course, make smaller and much more cookies with the dough. To fill the “boats” with the glaze, you will also need a piping bag with a nozzle. Instead, you can simply spread the glaze on the cookies with a teaspoon.

The cookies “Lodochka” are

  • buttery,
  • crumbly,
  • fine,
  • fluffy,
  • tender,
  • with jam and sugar glaze,
  • very tasty,
  • easy and quick to make with ordinary ingredients,
  • perfect for baking with children,
  • ideal for snacking in between or for dessert with coffee, tea.

Soviet pastry

Recipe for Russian shortbread cookies “The little boat”

Even though Soviet shortbread cookies “Lodochka” are no longer available in Russian stores or bakeries, you can make them yourself at home using this recipe. It’s easy, without much effort and with very ordinary ingredients. Here you can get a rough idea of how the making works and what you need for it. The exact quantities and step-by-step instructions for making the cookies “The little boat” yourself can be found below in the box recipe.

For the shortbread you need

  • room-warm butter,
  • egg,
  • powdered sugar,
  • flour,
  • baking powder
  • and vanilla – vanilla sugar, vanilla powder, vanilla extract or vanilla bean scraped out.

For the filling you need

  • any jam – it needs to be solid, not liquid.

And for the sugar glaze add

  • powdered sugar
  • and some lemon juice.

How to make shortbread cookies “Lodochka”: here’s how to do it (Check out the detailed recipe below.)

  1. To make the shortbread, first beat butter, powdered sugar and vanilla until creamy, add egg and beat until fluffy. Then add flour with baking powder bit by bit and knead it quickly to a soft dough.
  2. Roll out the dough and cut out oval cookies. Form long, narrow sausages from the leftover dough and make a border on the cookies. Now put a small amount of jam in the center of each cookie, bake the cookies at 200 °C for about 12 minutes and let them cool.
  3. For the glaze, mix powdered sugar with lemon juice and drizzle a little glaze on the front and back of each cookie. Done!

Soviet cookies "Lodochka"

How to make cookies “Lodochka”: tips and tricks

  • You can adjust the amount of powdered sugar for the dough according to your taste.
  • The amount of flour given in the recipe may vary. Add flour mixed with baking powder to the butter-egg mixture in batches until the dough has the right consistency. It should be very soft and in no case too firm.
  • Knead the dough only very briefly and quickly after you have added flour to the other ingredients, so that the cookies later taste really crumbly and tender.
  • Use solid jam to fill the cookies so that it does not flow out during baking. The shortbread cookies taste best with a sweet and sour jam.
  • Instead of lemon juice, you can also use orange juice or just water for the glaze.

Did you make the Russian shortbread cookies “Lodochka” according to this recipe? I’m looking forward to your result, your star rating and your comment here below, how you succeeded and tasted the little “boats”.

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"Lodochka" – recipe for Soviet shortbread cookies "The little boat"

"Lodochka" (Russian shortbread cookies "The little boat")

Russian shortbread cookies "Lodochka" are made of a fine shortbread, a fruity jam and the sweet sugar glaze. They are shaped like little boats, which is how they got their name. The cookies used to be part of the assortment of many Soviet bakeries and are no longer found in Russia. However, you can make them yourself at home according to this recipe.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Russian
Servings 7 big cookies

Equipment

  • oval cookie cutter
  • piping bag with nozzle

Ingredients
  

for the dough

  • 200 g butter (room-warm)
  • 120 g powdered sugar
  • 1 egg (room-warm)
  • approx. 350 g flour
  • 7 g baking powder
  • vanilla
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • flour for the work surface

for the filling

  • 80 g solid jam

for the glaze

  • 70 g powdered sugar
  • approx. 10 ml lemon juice (freshly squeezed)

Instructions
 

Making the dough

  • Beat soft butter, powdered sugar, vanilla and salt for about 5 minutes until a creamy white mass.
  • Add egg and continue beating until a homogeneous, fluffy mass.
  • Mix flour with baking powder, add it in batches gradually to the butter-egg mixture and knead briskly and briefly to form a soft dough.
  • Dust the work surface with flour, roll out the dough to a thickness of about 0.5 cm and cut out ovals from the dough using a cookie cutter. Spread the oval cookies on a baking sheet lined with baking paper.
  • Quickly shape the dough scraps into long, narrow sausages and make a border on the surface of each oval cookie.
  • Put about 1 teaspoon of jam in the center of each cookie.
  • Bake the cookies in a preheated oven at 200 °C top and bottom heat for about 12 minutes and let them cool down.

Making the glaze

  • Put powdered sugar in a mixing bowl and gradually add lemon juice until you have a thick, glossy white glaze.
  • Fill the glaze in the piping bag with a nozzle and squirt some glaze on the cookies from each side of the jam filling. Let the glaze dry briefly.

Notes

  • The amount of powdered sugar for the dough can be adjusted to taste.
  • The amount of flour given may vary. Add flour mixed with baking powder in batches to the butter-egg mixture until the dough reaches the right consistency. It should become very soft and in no case too firm.
  • Knead the dough only very briefly and quickly after adding flour to the other ingredients so that the cookies later taste really crumbly and tender.
  • Instead of lemon juice, you can also use orange juice or just water for the glaze.
  • Note the detailed tips and tricks for making cookies "Lodochka" above in the post.
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