Re: An Ode and an Idea
This cookie isn’t a “cookie” by standard definition. It’s fried until golden brown and dusted with sugar to give it just the right amount of sweetness. My grandma has been making these for as long as I can remember.I'm nearly 40, so that's a long time! Plates piled high with these were common gifts for my brother and me growing up as they were our favorite cookie during the holiday. My grandma is Polish and my grandpa was Ukrainian, so I’m not sure of the origin, I just can speak to their tastiness. It’s the one cookie I think of that makes it Christmas. Grandma used to fry these in peanut oil, but we’ve got nut allergies, so it’s vegetable oil for us.
Grandma’s Khrusty (pronounced Hroo-stee)
3 c. flour
4 t. baking powder
¼ t. salt
1 t. vanilla
Beat eggs well and add remaining ingredients. Knead on a floured board until smooth. Cover dough with a cloth. Set aside for 1-2 hours. Roll 1/8 inch thick using only a small amount at a time. Cut dough into long strips about 1 ¼ inches wide. Cut strips into 3 inch lengths. Slit each piece into the center, pulling one end through to form a loose loop. Cover to prevent drying. Deep fry in oil or shortening at 350 degrees until both sides are golden. Drain on paper towels. When cool, dust with confectioner’s sugar.