Goose Feet Cookies (Gusinie Lapki)

goose feet cookies
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Hailing from Russia (gusinie lapki translates to goose feet), these cookies are named for their intriguing folded shape. They're flavored with orange zest and vanilla bean and owe their light, flaky texture to a beloved Russian ingredient: farmer's cheese.


  • 1 ¾ cups unbleached all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 cup fresh farmer cheese

  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature

  • 1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped

  • 1 heaping tablespoon finely grated orange zest (from 1 orange)

  • cup granulated sugar

  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten

  • Coarse sanding sugar, for sprinkling


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.

  2. In a large bowl, mix together cheese, butter, vanilla seeds, and orange zest with a wooden spoon until well combined. Add flour mixture and stir until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Transfer dough to a piece of plastic wrap, shape into a disk, and wrap tightly. Refrigerate 1 hour.

  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough 1/8 inch thick. Using a 4-inch round cutter, cut out rounds. Gather dough scraps, reroll, and cut out more rounds.

  4. Place granulated sugar in a wide shallow bowl. Working with one round at a time, brush with water, then dip in sugar to coat. Fold round in half, covering sugar; fold in half again. Place seven cookies on each of two parchment-lined baking sheets. Brush tops with egg wash and sprinkle with coarse sanding sugar. Bake until golden, 25 to 30 minutes. Transfer sheets to wire racks; let cool completely. Cookies are best eaten the day they are made.

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