Ammonia cookies are crisp on the outside and soft inside, baked with ammonia, which replaces baking powder or baking soda. It is thanks to ammonia that these cookies rise, are fluffy and light. The downside of ammonia is its intense smell, but it is noticeable only when preparing the cookies. The ammonia smell fades away in the baked cookies.
There are many recipes for ammonia cookies, but I always make mine according to my mother’s recipe. With the help of a kitchen processor, I mix all the ingredients, from which I cut out cookies with a cutter at a later stage. The ingredients can also be mixed together on a kitchen board or kitchen counter. Before baking the cookies, I brush them with egg white and sprinkle with a large amount of crystal sugar. These ammonia cookies taste best when served on the same day, right after baking, because then they literally melt in your mouth. I like to serve my ammonia cookies as an addition to tea or coffee, they are also the perfect cookies to serve on a sweet table. I recommend you the following recipe for ammonia cookies, I hope you will enjoy it.
Ingredients for amoniaczki.
- 500 g all-purpose flour + extra for dusting
- 125 ml lukewarm milk
- 10 g ammonia
- 2 egg yolks
- 1 egg “L”
- 120 g powdered sugar
- 100 g butter or margarine
- 50 g crystal sugar
- egg whites for brushing the cookies
How to make amoniaczki.
Pour lukewarm milk into a cup, add ammonia, mix, then cool it down.
Sift the flour and powdered sugar into a bowl and add the cold diced butter. Using a kitchen mixer or food processor, mix the ingredients until they start to blend together. Then, in slow streams, add cold milk with ammonia, egg yolks and egg. Mix quickly, then knead the dough. Place the dough on a pastry board lightly sprinkled with flour, shape it into a ball and wrap it with cling film. The consistency of the cookie dough will be quite loose, but that’s the way it should be, don’t add any more flour at this stage. Set it aside in a cool place for an hour to let it rest.
After removing the dough from the refrigerator, roll it out to a thickness of 0.5 centimetres and use cookie cutters to cut out the shaped cookies. Place the cookies on a baking tray lined with baking paper, brush with an egg white and intensely sprinkle with crystal sugar. Put the cookie tray in the oven preheated to 180 degrees Celsius. Bake the cookies for about 20 minutes or until they are golden brown. Place the ammonia cookies on a cooling rack and leave them for a while to cool down.
Good to know when making amoniaczki.
The baking time of the ammonia cookies depends on their size. Smaller cookies need less time in the oven than larger pieces. I cut the cookies using two different cookie cutters. The heart-shaped cutter was 8 centimetres wide and the flower cutter was 7 centimetres wide.
From the given amounts of ingredients, I got 40 cookies.
The egg whites with which I brush the ammonia cookies remained from the eggs used for the dough preparation.
Do you like homemade cookies? If so, try our recipe for Chocolate chip cookies.