Goose feet cookies – Russian cottage cheese cookies

Cookies "Gusinye lapki" recipe

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Moist, soft, with a slightly crispy top layer are the Russian goose feet cookies with cottage cheese. They taste incredibly tender and heavenly delicious.

Moreover, the cottage cheese cookies are easy and quick to make with just a few ingredients. So it’s no wonder that they are among the most popular Russian cookies. You can find a detailed recipe for the Russian cookies “Gusinye lapki” with exact quantities and step-by-step instructions here at the very bottom.

Popular Russian cottage cheese cookies

The goose feet cookies are probably one of the most famous Russian cookies. In Russia, everyone knows them since childhood. Both with children and adults there the cottage cheese cookies provide for enthusiasm.

Melt in your mouth and become addictive

The Russian cottage cheese cookies are so tender and soft that they practically melt in your mouth. What’s more, these cookies are addictive. Because they taste heavenly delicious. Once you’ve tried one of them, you’re guaranteed not to be able to stop snacking.

Russian goose feet cookies

Why “goose feet”?

“Gusinye lapki” translates from Russian as “small goose feet”. The cottage cheese cookies got the name because of their shape. Because each cookie reminds you of a small goose foot.

The cottage cheese cookies get this shape by folding each circle of dough little by little into a triangle. Then a pattern is pressed into the cookie with a fork.

These goose feet cookies have rather less to do with the cake “Gusinye lapki”. Apart from the same name, the two have nothing in common. Or they do: their delicious taste, which no one can resist.

Tvorog or quark for Russian goose feet cookies?

You can buy tvorog in Russian stores and some German supermarkets. Moreover, it is very easy to make tvorog by yourself.

I recommend you to make the Russian goose feet cookies with tvorog and not with quark. Because the less flour you use for the dough, the more tender the cottage cheese cookies taste. And with tvorog, you need much less flour than if you used quark. Russian tvorog is much drier than German quark.

If you don’t have the possibility to get tvorog and you still want to make the Russian goose feet cookies, you can use quark for the recipe. Just note that in this case, the amount of flour specified may vary greatly.

Russian cottage cheese cookies

Refine with cinnamon

You can mix sugar with cinnamon and use the mixture instead of regular sugar to roll the cottage cheese cookies before baking. This is especially great if you’re making the cookies during Advent. This is because the sweet smell of cinnamon adds even more to the Christmas spirit.

Delicious all year round

Of course, the cottage cheese cookies “Gusinye lapki” pass perfectly as Christmas cookies. However, they also taste delicious at any other time of the year.

Just make them for your loved ones during the week. Or serve them with an afternoon coffee on the weekend. Even at a party, the goose feet cookies are sure to delight your guests. Children love them with a glass of (plant) milk.

Pastry with cottage cheese

The goose feet cookies are

  • tender,
  • fluffy,
  • slightly crispy,
  • moist,
  • soft,
  • moderately sweet,
  • heavenly delicious,
  • aromatic,
  • easy and quick to make,
  • delicious at any time of the year,
  • ideal also as Christmas cookies,
  • popular cookies of Russian cuisine.

Simple Russian cottage cheese cookies recipe

The Russian goose feet cookies recipe, which you can find here below, is very simple and fast. You also need only a few common ingredients for it, which you probably already have at home, maybe with the exception of tvorog.

The cottage cheese dough for the cookies is ready quickly, just needs to chill for about half an hour. After that, the “goose feet” can already be formed. Be sure to get your kids to help. Then put the cookies in the oven for about 20 minutes.

How to make Russian goose feet cookies

How to make Russian goose feet cookies: tips and tricks

  • You will succeed in making the most delicious cottage cheese cookies if you make the dough for them with Russian tvorog.
  • You need cold butter for the dough. I took butter out of the fridge, cut it into pieces and put it into the freezer for a short time before kneading the dough.
  • Use as little flour for the dough as possible. The amount of flour specified in the recipe may vary. Use a little less flour than indicated in the first step, and add enough flour at the end to make a soft, slightly sticky dough.
  • Do not knead the dough too long, but only briefly to a roughly homogeneous consistency, so that the cottage cheese cookies later taste tender and not dry.
  • Do not bake the goose feet cookies longer than necessary so that they taste soft and moist. After baking, they should be a light golden yellow color and not too brown.

Video for the Russian cottage cheese cookies recipe

By the way, on my Youtube channel you can find a short video for the cottage cheese cookies “Gusinye lapki”. There you can watch exactly how to make them yourself. If you don’t want to miss any more videos from me, feel free to subscribe to my channel.

Did you make the Russian goose feet cookies 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 cottage cheese cookies.

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Cookies "Gusinye lapki" recipe

Russian goose feet cookies (cottage cheese cookies "Gusinye lapki")

Moist, soft, with a slightly crispy top layer are the Russian goose feet cookies with cottage cheese. They taste incredibly tender and heavenly delicious. Moreover, with this recipe, the cottage cheese cookies "Gusinye lapki" are easy and quick to make with few ingredients. No wonder they are one of the most popular Russian cookies.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Cooling Time 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Russian
Servings 80 cookies

Ingredients
  

  • 250 g tvorog cold
  • 250 g butter cold
  • approx. 120 g sugar
  • approx. 240 g flour
  • 7 g baking powder
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • flour for the work surface

Instructions
 

  • Mix flour, baking powder and salt. It is best to first take about 20 g less flour than indicated and add the rest when kneading the dough.
  • Add cold butter and quickly chop it finely. You can do it in a mixer or keep rolling butter in flour and grate it with a grater.
  • Add tvorog and knead it briefly and briskly to a soft, slightly sticky, roughly homogeneous dough. If the dough is too sticky, add more flour. Cover the dough and chill for 30 minutes.
  • Roll out the dough on a floured work surface to about 3 mm thick and cut out round cookies, for example with a drinking glass or a round cookie cutter.
  • Put sugar in a bowl. Roll one side of each cookie in sugar, then fold the circle into a semicircle with the sugar side in. Roll the semicircle again with one side in sugar and then fold it with the sugar side in to form a triangle. Roll the triangle with one side in sugar and press the tines of a fork on the round sugar side of the triangle, possibly rolling the tines in flour each time beforehand.
  • Spread the resulting goose feet cookies on a baking sheet lined with baking paper and bake them in a preheated oven at 180 °C top and bottom heat for about 20 minutes.

Notes

  • I took butter out of the fridge, cut it into pieces and then put it in the freezer for a short time before starting to knead the dough.
  • Use as little flour for the dough as possible. The amount of flour specified may vary. The dough must be soft and slightly sticky.
  • Do not knead the dough too long, but only briefly to a roughly homogeneous consistency, so that the cottage cheese cookies later taste tender and not dry.
  • Do not bake the goose feet cookies longer than necessary so that they taste soft and moist. After baking, they should be a light golden yellow color and not too brown.
  • Note the detailed tips and tricks for making the Russian cottage cheese cookies "Gusinye lapki" at the top of the post.

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