Cypriot Loukoumia

You can use any type of marmalade, jam, or preserved fruit for the filling of these cookies.

Makes: 20 cookiesHands-on: 25 minutesTotal: 1 hour 15 minutesDifficulty: Medium


Makes: 20 cookies

Ingredients

  • ½ cup butter
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1½ cups whole milk
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ cup orange marmalade
  • 1 cup finely chopped almonds
  • 2 Tbsp. orange-blossom water
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. confectioners’ sugar

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Melt butter in pot over medium-high heat. Slowly add flour, stirring constantly with wooden spoon to avoid clumping. Lower heat to medium-low and slowly add milk, making sure to stir continuously as mixture thickens and starts clumping.
  • When all milk has been added, remove from heat and add sugar, egg, and baking powder; mix well until dough is uniformly smooth.
  • Prepare filling by mixing marmalade, almonds, orange-blossom water, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  • Using rolling pin, spread pieces of dough on floured surface to uniform thickness of a banana peel.
  • Place small amount of filling mixture in center of each disc. Fold each disc in half over filling into a half-moon shape; pinch together edges.
  • Place cookies on buttered pan and bake 20 minutes. Let stand 30 minutes. Sprinkle cookies with confectioners’ sugar before serving.