Today I am sharing with you a family recipe for some Shaped Vanilla Cookies. This recipe was given to me by my mother-in-law, it is my favourite! These are very popular cookies in Algeria and each family will differ a little in how they are made.
- 7 eggs
- 250g Sugar
- 1 cup of vegetable oil
- Vanilla flavouring
- lemon flavouring
- 1kg Self Raising Flour
Step 1: Make sure you have all the ingredients. (Pic 1)Remove 2 egg yolks from 2 of the eggs and place in a cup as these are needed later.(Pic 12)
Step 2: Mix eggs and sugar in a basin. (Pic 2,3,4)
Step 3: Add vanilla and lemon flavouring (about a teaspoon)
Step 4: Add one cup of oil and mix. (Pic 5)
Step 5: Add the flour gradually (Pic 6) with a spoon until it becomes thick, then use your hands. My children helped join in with this (Pic 7). Until it forms into a ball (Pic 8)
Step 6: Roll out the dough on a floured surface (Pic 9)
Step 7: Cut out the dough using cookie cutters. (Pic 10)
Step 8: Place on a greased tray (Pic 11)
Step 9: Then brush over the cookies with the egg yolk. (Pic 12,13,14)
Step 10: Place the trays into the oven I use electric oven at 140 for 15-20 minutes.
Step 11: Take out once browned slightly and place on a cooling rack. (Pic 15)
Step 12: Ready to serve (Pic 16)
This recipe should produce quite a few trays, so once you have removed one lot you can put the other trays in the oven. Sometimes these can be decorated, but I prefer them as they are. Occassionally my children add red food colouring and cut out heart shapes - this makes them pink inside when you bite into them!