Pasta Sy- a traditional Albanian Cookie

Pasta Sy- a traditional Albanian Cookie

When I was a little girl I used to eat Pasta Sy (literally- Eye cookies). The jam and the meringue in the centre of these cookies assemble the eye, hence the name of it.

These cookies bring childhood memories to me. I used to eat a lot these when I was a little girl and I still do when I get the chance. Unfortunately, I did not found anywhere the recipe so I tried to guess the ingredients and luckily they turned out almost identical to the original ones.


  • 2 egg yolks + 1 whole egg
  • 1/4 cup caster sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 1/3 cuos all purpose flour (out of which 1 cup self-rising flour)
  • 1 tsp. Baking soda
  • 1/4 cup sunflower oil
  • Pinch of salt
  • Vanilla extract
  • 1 egg yolk to brush the cookies
  • 2 tbsp. of plum jam or any other jam of your choise

Serving 20-25  medium cookies

Cooking time : 50 min.

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 °C.
  2. Divide the yolks from the egg whites (use leftover egg whites to make these Meringues). Add 1 whole egg to the yolks, add the sugar and beat until fluffy and doubled their volume, approx. 5 minutes
  3. Pour the honey, oil, vanilla and continue to mixfor about 1 minute.
  4. Sift the flour and baking soda and add to egg mixture. Add a pinch of salt too.
  5. Mix the batter with a wodden spoon until all the flour is incorporated.
  6. Take a tablespoon from the dough and shape it with your hands to a medium size ball. Slightly flat it with the palm of your hands.
  7. Alternatively you can roll all the dough and cut it with a round cookie cutter
  8. Place the cookies in a baking tray and make a well in the centre (this will hold the jam afterwards). Brush the cookies with the egg yolk.
  9. Bake in the preheated oven for about 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
  10. Six minutes before end, take the cookies out and fill the well with the jam and pipe some meringue batter around the jam (I put a lot of meringue on top so it covered the jam ☺).
  11. Put the tray in and finish baking.

The meringue will add a lot of flavour to the cookies so I suggest not to omit it.


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