Skalichki Mountain Cookies from Vesko Blag

Give your holiday cookie line-up a bit of Bulgarian flair with these Skalichki Mountain Cookies courtesy of Chef Vesko Blag. Currently heading up the kitchen at Middle Eastern-leaning Moona in Inman Square, Blag gets back to his roots with this no-bake sweet, which he remembers fondly from his youth in Sofia. These nutty/chocolatey cone-shaped treats (like mini mountains, topped with coconut snow) will make a striking and tasty addition to your dessert table or cookie swap.


Yields: 16 cookies


for the chocolate glaze
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
for the cookies
  • 2 1/4 cups European Crackers or Animal Crackers, finely ground
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup walnuts, ground
  • 3/4 cup pistachios chopped
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 sticks butter, softened but not melted
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon rum, optional
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup coconut flakes


for the chocolate glaze
  1. Bring to a simmer 1 cup of heavy cream and pour over 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips. Let it sit for couple minutes. Stir the chocolate mixture and let it sit in the fridge for 4-5 min to cool down and get a slight thicker consistency.
for the cookies
  1. Mix all dry ingredients.
  2. Add the soft butter and mix by hand.
  3. Add liquid ingredients until you make semi soft dough.
  4. Then form by hand small cones 2 oz. and leave them for couple of hours in the fridge.
  5. Dip the cones in melted chocolate and transfer them to a serving plate.
  6. Sprinkle the mountains with coconut flakes to look like snowflakes.
  7. Leave them for couple hours in the fridge to set.

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