Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Matpewka Cookies - Russia

These are some of the sweetest and most unique little cookies I've come cross. They are flat with a raised imprint of a Russian nesting doll.

I remember my grandma had a set of the Russian nesting dolls...it was fun to un-nest the dolls, line them up and put them back together again.

I thought that the idea of stacking dolls was originally from Russia - but apparently the first nesting dolls were actually made in China in the early 1800s.

The name of the cookies Matpewka - comes from the Russian name for "mother"...the dolls are a symbol of fertility and motherhood.

These cookies were not overly sweet and actually did not have much flavor - but we still enjoyed them with our tea today.


We are THAT Family said...

Those look so good. I'm a sucker for butter cookies or any kind of plain little cookie.

Anonymous said...

Ethnic foods are becoming a real treat to me . I'm glad that you started your column as it has tempted my somewhat bland palate !