Maslenki cookies-Bulgaria

There are the countries I am dying to visit (invoking a little NCAA, division one if you will) and then there are the countries I would like to see if I ever had the chance (division two). Bulgaria is one of those countries in my “division two” grouping. I know basically nothing about this Southeastern European nation except that it’s capital is Sofia and they have some pretty spectacular looking churches. However, considering its geographical location, it’s a country that by all accounts is brimming with history (i.e. its neighbors include Greece, Turkey, Macedonia).

Here are just some of the many incredible sights to be discovered by travelers to this relatively unknown tourist destination:

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral-Sofia



Exploring the old town of Plovdiv


And of course feasting on Bulgarian cuisine

As much as I would like to say, “oh, I’m going to Bulgaria next year,” sadly, I am not. But I did chose a recipe from Bulgaria for my week 2 of exotic Christmas cookie baking. Maslenki are jam-filled Christmas cookies and while lard usually receives top-billing on the ingredients list, it’s okay to substitute butter instead (that’s what I did). They turned out very tasty and not at all “sugar heavy” like some cookies tend to.
I also want to say I feel quite the “grown up” between my wine cookies last week and now my jam filled cookies this week. 
If you’d like to try making maslenki yourself, be sure to check out the blog “A Cookie for Every Country” which you can access by clicking here!

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  • Reply
    Jo Ann M.
    December 17, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    I don’t know much about Bulgaria either, but enjoyed your post! I’m sure its history is rich considering its location. The Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is truly magnificent! I’ll have to investigate it further.

    The Maslenki look delicious! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply
      Julie Tulba
      December 18, 2013 at 1:53 pm

      It’s definitely one of the those countries that would be fascinating to visit especially since it seems barely explored by most travelers! Yes, I agree that cathedral looks incredible. The level of detail and its sheer size.

      Thank you! I’m proud to be doing more than just sugar and chocolate chip cookies this season ๐Ÿ™‚

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