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Biscochos de Huevo (Sephardic Cookie Rings) I (P)
Source: Petah Tikva Anshe Castilla Congregation
Yield: 48

4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon double-acting baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract or 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Position a rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Line several baking sheets with parchment paper or aluminum foil.

Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Beat together the eggs, sugar, oil, and vanilla or cinnamon. Gradually stir in the flour mixture to make a soft dough.

Roll the dough into 1/2"-thick ropes. Cut the ropes into 6" lengths and bring the ends together to form rings. If desired, cut gashes on the outer edges every 1/4" to 1/2".

Place the rings, 1" apart, on the prepared baking sheets. Bake until firm but not browned, about 20 minutes. Transfer to wire rack and let cool completely.

For extra-crisp cookies, turn off the oven, return all of the baked cookies, and let stand for 20 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely. Store in an airtight container at room temperature or in the freezer.

Poster's Notes:
VARIATION: Biscochos de Nuez (Sephardic Nut Cookies)
Dip the tops of the nut dough rings into a lightly beaten egg, then into 1 cup of finely chopped walnuts or almonds. Place nut side up on the baking sheet.

These sweet cookie rings, also called roskitas de gueve and in Syria, Iraq, Turkey, and India, kaak are served as desayuno (Sabbath and festival breakfast), and other festive occasions, including the meal following Yom Kippur.

Posted by Marcia Goldberg, Z'L

Nutritional Info Per Serving: N/A