Homemade Maria cookies, easy and quick to make

Do you know the origin of Maria cookies? There is a false legend that says that it was the biscuit maker Eugenio Fontaneda who, in Spain, created them in honor of his granddaughter. But it was not like that. The origin goes back to late 19th century UK. The owners of the famous Peek, Frean & Co, wanted to create a biscuit that was different from all those that were then made to accompany tea. So when was the perfect time for its creation? During the wedding of Prince Alfred and Maria Alexandrovna in 1874. They wanted to honor the arrival of Maria in a way that perhaps, at this point in the article, you can imagine: by creating the Marie biscuit. It has been so successful that it has lasted for generations. That is why it is worth it that we can make this delicious recipe in our kitchen and experience why they are such a success.

recipe information

    • Preparation time: 30 minutes
    • Cooking time: 15 minutes
    • total time: 45 minutes
    • rations:6
    • Category: cake shop
    • type of cuisine: international
    • calories: 426 kcal per 100 g

Ingredients for Maria cookies for 6 people

    • 375g of flour
    • 1 large egg
    • 25 ml of milk
    • 150 g of brown sugar
    • 100g butter
    • 5 g baking powder
    • 1 Teaspoon vanilla extract

Ingredients for Maria cookies

How to make Maria cookies

First, we beat the brown sugar with the egg, the vanilla extract and half of the milk until the sugar is completely dissolved.

Ingredients for Maria cookies in a bowl

Ingredients for shaken Maria cookiesNow it’s time to sift the flour and yeast. This will make sure that there are no lumps in our dough. Once sieved, we add it to the previous mixture.

Adding the flour to the beaten ingredients of the Maria cookies

Next, to be able to add the butter, we melt it for 30 seconds in the microwave. When it is undone, we pour it into the bowl with the rest of the ingredients and mix everything well. If when kneading it no longer sticks to our hands or breaks due to dryness, it is not necessary to add more flour or more milk. We have achieved the perfect dough for our Maria cookies.

Maria cookie dough ballWe divided the dough into two parts. We start with the first part: we spread it carefully so that it does not open until it is about 3 mm thick. Now it’s time to make the cookies. You can make them with a round mold or, if you don’t have one, you can use a glass. As for the excess dough, we make a ball again and start the process again. If you don’t want to have to transfer the cookies from one surface to another, I recommend that you stretch the dough directly on the parchment paper.

Forming the Maria cookies with a glassWhen we already have all the cookies placed on the baking tray, we preheat it to 180 °C with heat above and below. While it reaches the temperature, we decorate the Maria cookies as we like. In my case, I am going to decorate them with an M. I will also mark them all around with a fork. It is important that before baking them you poke them in the center, with the fork itself, to prevent them from swelling.

Decorating the Maria cookies with a fork

Fully decorated Maria cookiesThey will be in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes. However, we must constantly monitor them to prevent them from burning. When they are done, let them cool on a rack. And, although this is what will cost us the most, we must wait until they cool down. The wait will be worth it, because once cold, we can enjoy a good breakfast or a good snack with traditional cookies… homemade.

Final photo of the Maria cookies

Easy preparation summary

    1. Beat the sugar, egg, vanilla extract and half of the milk until the sugar dissolves
    1. Add the sifted flour and yeast to the mixture
    1. Melt the butter and add it together with the rest of the ingredients.
    1. Knead until you get a smooth dough that does not stick to your hands.
    1. We roll out with a rolling pin and, when it has the necessary thickness, we make the cookies with a round mold or a glass
    1. With the oven preheated to 180 °C, we bake them for 10 or 15 minutes
    1. Let cool on a rack and… Let’s eat!