Масни курабии

Масни курабии, or masni kurabii, are Bulgarian yogurt cookies. A literal translation might be fatty cookies. These delicate nut balls (can I say that on WordPress?) are a Christmas favorite in Bulgaria, according to Sharon Tyler Herbst. They are tender and good. And they should be! The fatty bit is lard. Yogurt, cinnamon, vanilla, walnuts and orange zest contribute to the little explosion of flavor as their dusting of powdered sugar melts on your tongue. When My Fair Isle vegetarian friend, Robyn, and her daughter visited last week, I did not serve them these because of the lard. But I hear tell they might have objected to the repeated use of orange zest anyway. And they are correct. I have gone through an inordinate number of oranges during this cookie cookbook odyssey!

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About pattiblaine

Raised under the name of Snyder in the upstate NY town of Vestal, I've worked as a typesetter, a fast food salad bar tender, an art reviewer, a waitress, a part-time nanny, and a very-bad-with-phones temp. Once upon a time I was all-but-thesis toward a Masters in Art History. Now I'm just a mom with a lot of fiber squirreled away throughout the house. We call it insulation. In 2013 I completed a life-long learning program at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, and am a postulant toward the diaconate in the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester, NY. In addition to coordinating volunteers for the soup kitchen, I volunteer as a tutor at a deeply impoverished city elementary school, and am a docent at the Memorial Art Gallery.
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