Sour cream korzhiki – memory of Soviet childhood

Sour cream korzhiki – memory of Soviet childhood

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Visually nothing special, but tastily a hit are these sour cream korzhiki. No wonder they were so popular in the Soviet Union. Here I show you how to make the big cookies with sour cream at home. It’s easy, quick and requires few ingredients. You can find a detailed sour cream korzhiki recipe with exact quantities and step-by-step instructions here at the very bottom.

Unobtrusive, but delicious

Although the sour cream korzhiki look unspectacular, taste-wise they are the opposite. Because they taste very fluffy and soft. Especially with a glass of (plant) milk, with a cup of coffee or tea, but also pure, the big cookies are simply a pleasure.

Large sour cream cookies

Popular big cookies of the Soviet era

Just like tvorog korzhiki, shortbread korzhiki with jam and milk korzhiki, these sour cream korzhiki originated in the Soviet Union and were very popular at that time. They were part of the assortment of Soviet school and university canteens. But parents also made them for their children at home.

How to make sour cream korzhiki taste like in the Soviet Union?

Soviet sour cream korzhiki had a soft and fluffy consistency. In order for your pastry to taste the same, you need to pay attention to a few details when preparing it.

First of all, your korzhiki dough should not be too firm or dry, but it should be very soft and somewhat sticky. The dough consistency depends on the amount of flour, so you should add this amount in portions to the rest of the ingredients, so you don’t add too much of it.

The other important point is not to knead the dough too long, but quickly and briefly. Once it has a homogeneous consistency, it is ready to be rolled out. By the way, the korzhiki dough must not rest after you have finished kneading it, but must be processed immediately.

This brings us to the next detail you should pay attention to. The dough should not be rolled out too thin, because thin korzhiki will dry quickly during baking. About 0.5 cm thickness is just right.

Now we have already arrived at the baking time. Here you should make sure that the sour cream korzhiki are not baked too long. They retain their light color after baking and should not be left in the oven until they turn brown. After about 10 minutes of baking, you should test them with a chopstick. To do this, insert a wooden skewer briefly into the center of one of the cookies and see if it comes out clean. If the wooden skewer remains smeared in the dough, you still have to bake the korzhiki. If the wooden skewer comes out dry, the cookies are done and need to be taken out of the oven.

Sour cream korzhiki recipe

How to shape sour cream korzhiki?

Korzhiki are larger than ordinary cookies and in the Soviet Union they often had a round or flower shape. However, you can shape them any way you like. I had made the sour cream korzhiki triangular. Alternatively, you can cut them into squares. Or cut out large circles from the dough so you get round korzhiki. You can just as easily use any large cookie cutter for this, such as a heart cookie cutter.

Sprinkle with powdered sugar or brush with egg

To make your sour cream korzhiki look prettier and give them a light golden color, you can brush them with a beaten egg before baking. Or you can simply sprinkle them with powdered sugar after baking and cooling, as I did.

Soviet korzhiki with sour cream

These sour cream korzhiki are

  • soft,
  • fluffy,
  • not too sweet,
  • coarse-pored,
  • very tasty,
  • easy and quick to make with few ingredients,
  • ideal for snacking in between or for dessert with coffee, tea, milk,
  • popular pastry of the Soviet cuisine.

Lightning fast sour cream korzhiki recipe

The korzhiki recipe is very simple. In about 30 minutes you will conjure up the big sour cream cookies on the dining table. All you have to do is knead all the ingredients into a sour cream dough, shape it into korzhiki, put them in the oven and wait for them to bake.

Russian cookies with sour cream

How to make sour cream korzhiki: tips and tricks

  • As vanilla go, for example, vanilla bean scraped, vanilla sugar, vanilla extract.
  • You can adjust the amount of sugar to taste. With the amount of sugar given here in the recipe, the cookies taste moderately sweet.
  • The amount of flour given here in the recipe below may vary. Add only enough flour until the dough gets the right consistency. It should be very soft and slightly sticky, definitely not too firm or dry.
  • Do not roll out the dough too thinly, or the sour cream cookies may taste dry after baking.
  • You can shape the korzhiki any way you like. For example, make them rectangular or round instead of triangular.
  • Do not bake the sour cream korzhiki longer than necessary or they may taste dry. Check with a wooden skewer to see if they are done baking. After baking, they should have a light color.

Did you make the Soviet sour cream korzhiki according to this recipe? I’m looking forward to your results, your star rating and your comment here below on how you liked and succeeded in making the big sour cream cookies.

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Sour cream korzhiki – memory of Soviet childhood

Sour cream korzhiki

Visually nothing special, but taste-wise a hit are the sour cream korzhiki. No wonder they were so popular in the Soviet Union. With this recipe you make the big cookies with sour cream yourself at home. It's easy, quick and requires few ingredients.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Russian, Soviet
Servings 15 korzhiki

Ingredients
  

  • 160 g sour cream
  • 75 g sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 40 g butter room warm
  • approx. 330 g flour
  • 3 g baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)
  • vanilla
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • flour for the work surface

for the sprinkling (alternative)

  • powdered sugar

Instructions
 

  • Mix sour cream, soft butter, egg, sugar, vanilla and salt.
  • Mix flour with baking soda.
  • Add the dry flour mixture in portions to the liquid sour cream mixture and knead briefly to form a soft, slightly sticky dough.
  • Dust the work surface with flour, roll out the dough to about 0.5 cm thick and cut it into triangles.
  • Spread the dough triangles on a baking sheet lined with baking paper and bake them in a preheated oven at 180 °C top and bottom heat for about 12 minutes.
  • Let the sour cream korzhiki cool down and dust them with powdered sugar according to taste.

Notes

  • As vanilla go for example vanilla bean scraped out, vanilla sugar, vanilla extract.
  • The amount of sugar can be adjusted to taste.
  • The amount of flour given may vary. Add only enough flour until the dough reaches the right consistency. It should be very soft and slightly sticky, never too firm or dry.
  • Do not roll out the dough too thin, or the sour cream cookies may taste dry after baking.
  • You can shape the korzhiki any way you like.
  • Do not bake the sour cream korzhiki longer than necessary or they might taste dry. Use a wooden skewer to check if they are done baking. After baking, they should be a light color.
  • Note the detailed tips and tricks for making the sour cream korzhiki at the top of the post.

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