Biscochos de Huevo (Sephardic Cookie Rings)
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 degrees. Line several baking sheets with parchment paper or
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-inch-thick ropes. Cut the ropes into 6-inch
lengths and bring the ends together to form rings. If desired, cut
gashes on the outer edges every 1/4 to 1/2 inch.
Place the rings, 1 inch 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.
NOTE: 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.
Biscochos de Muez (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.
Makes 48 cookies