These buttery rounds sprinkled with poppy seeds are a beautiful contrast in taste and appearance to the usual Christmas nut-and-fruit confections. A poppyseed sweet, of which these Ciastka Z Makiem are an example, is traditionally served at a Polish Wigilia with the fruit compote.
- Portion size 60 servings
- 1 cup unsalted butter
- 3/4 cups granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind
- 5 egg yolks
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 egg whites
- 1 teaspoon water
- 1/4 cup poppy seeds
Dough: Cream together butter and sugar. Stir in vanilla and lemon rind. Press egg yolks though a sieve and add to creamed mixture along with flour and salt ; mix well. Shape into ball; wrap in plastic wrap and chill until firm enough to roll, about 1 hour.
Using pastry cloth and rolling pin with cover, roll out dough to1/4-inch (5 mm) thickness; cut into rounds using a fluted 1-3/4 inch (4 cm} cutter. Arrange on 2 greased baking sheets.
Glaze: Whisk together egg white and water. Brush some over each cookie and sprinkle lightly with poppy seeds. Bake in 350°F (180C) oven for 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Let cool on racks and store in airtight container(s).