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Lithuanian cookie recipe. Kriszdees?

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SKortjohn Jan 19, 2014 04:32 PM

Looking to recreate a recipe my deceased Lithuanian grandmother used to make. These were cookies, traditional made at Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter (ie, "special occasion"). I don't remember much, except the light colored dough was rolled up, cut into strips, and then each strip had a slit cut into it and was tied into a short of knot/bow. They were then deep fried in lard and dusted with powdered sugar. I never really cared for them, but my mom and sister loved them. Any ideas?

Thanks in advance,
Sandy

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    amishangst RE: SKortjohn Jan 19, 2014 04:45 PM

    Try a search for ausukes. Those sound like what you're looking for.

    Here's a couple of recipes:
    http://saintspeterandpaul.catholicweb...

    http://kofl144.weebly.com/christmas-e...

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      SKortjohn RE: amishangst Jan 23, 2014 11:09 AM

      Those sound exactly like what I'm looking for. Thanks!

    2. iL Divo RE: SKortjohn Jan 23, 2014 11:11 AM

      there's a Polish recipe too that Martha Stew makes that is the 1 I use for the family.
      they are wonderful&sinful.

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        Skippy1414 RE: SKortjohn Jan 23, 2014 11:20 PM

        I've seen the Polish version of these cookies as "chrusciki." I don't have a recipe that I've personally tried, but you might want to try searching for that term.

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          kitchengardengal RE: Skippy1414 Jan 24, 2014 06:58 PM

          My (Polish/Slovak) aunt gave me the Kruschiki recipe years ago, and I've never made them. Now I think I just may try it.

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          Vidute RE: SKortjohn Jan 23, 2014 11:59 PM

          also known as krustai and zagareliai . below are two sites with recipes. the wiki site has several different recipes. traditional recipes do not use baking powder/soda. also, do not use shortening. butter is the traditional fat. the dough will be "tough". the wiki recipe, below, closely matches my lithuanian mother's recipe that i still make.

          http://www.network54.com/Forum/11949/...

          http://recipes.wikia.com/wiki/Zagareliai

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            SKortjohn RE: Vidute Jan 24, 2014 03:40 AM

            omg! That's it - it's even the right name! Thank you so much...I can't wait to surprise my family with this lost, but certainly not forgotten, treat! Thanks again!

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              iL Divo RE: SKortjohn Jan 24, 2014 08:21 AM

              don't ya just love folks with perfect answers? I know I do....now let's start makin those cookies. I don't have any useable oil and when I make the Polish cookie, it takes fully a quart and then has to get dumped, too much residue on bottom of stock pot or FryGrandaddy

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                Vidute RE: SKortjohn Jan 24, 2014 04:34 PM

                glad i could help! you don't need a deep fryer, just a large frying pan with about 3 inches of oil in it. instead of rum, i use vodka...it doesn't leave any flavor in the krustai. also, the liquor is used to keep the dough from absorbing the oil.

                hope you enjoy! it will be a labor of love. :)

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                iL Divo RE: Vidute Jan 24, 2014 05:37 PM

                Both of those look good.

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                  Vidute RE: iL Divo Jan 24, 2014 06:16 PM

                  so... which one are you going to try? :)

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                    iL Divo RE: Vidute Jan 24, 2014 09:17 PM

                    the one with less eggs first-
                    the other one will probably be tender and rich but I'll try safer for my choice of flavors first

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                      Vidute RE: iL Divo Jan 24, 2014 09:22 PM

                      i'll be making some for easter. we can compare notes!

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                        iL Divo RE: Vidute Jan 27, 2014 02:44 PM

                        that'll be good. I'll make them for Easter too. by then I'll have acquired a good amount of oil.
                        :)

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                          Vidute RE: iL Divo Jan 28, 2014 09:24 PM

                          to easter!

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                            iL Divo RE: Vidute Jan 31, 2014 06:32 PM

                            .....to Easter

                            someone bought 2 48 ouncers of veg oil !!! WOOT WOOT WOOT

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                              Vidute RE: iL Divo Feb 1, 2014 12:27 PM

                              lol! looks like you're going to be frying up a storm!

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                                iL Divo RE: Vidute Feb 15, 2014 10:05 AM

                                ....to "the storm"...... *^}

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                                  Vidute RE: iL Divo Feb 15, 2014 10:28 PM

                                  you are toasting with "virytas", right? :) couple shots and you're warm & toasty. (not to mention sprouting hairs on your chest!)

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                                    iL Divo RE: Vidute Feb 18, 2014 11:12 AM

                                    OK...Vid........
                                    I don't toast (unless it's in a toaster that contains bread) hahahh. sprouting hairs on my check, gad, my husband would have told me if there were hairs on my chest, and so far, I'm devoid.......YEAH!!!!! hahahahh

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