Russian spiced biscuits (pryaniki)

Russian Spiced Biscuits (pryaniki)

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Similar in texture to a honey jumble, these Russian biscuits are commonly made for festive occasions. Serve with tea, coffee or Russian Sbiten, a hot, spiced drink. Posted here for play in Culinary Quest.

After Mike made these I checked other recipes and found that you could use these as alternate frostings: Simple Sugar Glaze, Roll in Powdered Sugar, Frosted or left plain.


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1 Hr 15 Min
15 Min


  • 3
  • 1/3 c
    unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 c
  • 3 c
    plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp
    baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp
    ground cardamon
  • 1/2 tsp
    ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp
    ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp
    ground ginger
  • 1/4 c
    caster sugar
  • 2 oz
    melted dark chocolate, to serve

How to Make Russian spiced biscuits (pryaniki)


  1. Separate 2 eggs and reserve 1 egg white. (Discard the other egg white or use it for another recipe.) Whisk the 2 egg yolks in a bowl with butter, honey and remaining egg. Sift flour, baking powder and spices into a bowl and combine. Make a well in the centre, add egg mixture and gradually combine. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 180°C. Line 2 oven trays with baking paper. Using damp hands, shape tablespoonfuls of mixture into 24 balls and place on the trays. Flatten them slightly and bake, swapping the trays halfway, for 15 minutes or until cooked through and golden. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  3. To make meringue, whisk reserved egg white with sugar to soft peaks, then spread 1 tsp meringue mixture over each biscuit. Drizzle with chocolate and allow to set before serving.

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About Russian spiced biscuits (pryaniki)

Course/Dish: Cookies
Main Ingredient: Sugar
Regional Style: Eastern European
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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