Non Plus Ultra

I first learned about Non Plus Ultra cookies when I was a teenager. I was totally intrigued by the name and had to find out what it meant. I made sure to write down the recipe in my own recipe book that I started back then and I still keep it as a precious treasure. This little recipe book connects me with past times when life in Bosnia was peaceful and probably much better and safer than today. It connects me with my mom who encouraged me to start collecting recipes and taught me how to bake.

Turning the pages of my old recipe book today, I stumbled across the Non Plus Ultra cookies recipe and just had to make them. With a good reason they have been named Non Plus Ultra, which in Latin means: Nothing further beyond; The ultimate; Perfection. Looking at the list of ingredients one would not think that something special could come out of it, but somehow all the ingredients come together in a perfect harmony and make this cookie a one-bite, crispy, melt-in-your-mouth perfection.

Non Plus Ultra cookies              Printable recipe

Ingredients:

  • 280 g (2 ¼ cups) all-purpose flour
  • 50 g (1/4 cup) sugar
  • 1 pack of vanilla sugar (or 1 tsp vanilla extract)
  • 250 g (1 1/10 cup) butter at room temperature
  • 3 eggs (divided)
  • 200 g (1 cup) sugar
  • Apricot jam


Preparation:

1. For the cookie dough combine flour, sugar and vanilla, add butter, egg yolks and mix until compact and smooth-looking. Cover with plastic foil and chill for about 30 minutes.

2. In a bowl mix egg whites and sugar just until combined. Place the bowl on a dish with boiling water and lightly heat it until all sugar dissolves.

3. Transfer the mixture into a bowl of a stand mixer and beat it on high for about 10 minutes or until firm peaks form. Set aside and cover.

4. Take the cookie dough out of the fridge and roll it out 4-5 mm thick and cut out small, round cookies. Place them on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper.

5. Fill the meringue mixture in a decorating bag and squeeze a bit of it on each cookie.

6. Preheat the oven to 150 C (300 F), place the cookie sheet in and turn it down to 120 C (250 F). After 12 minutes lower it to 85 C (185 F) and bake for 10-12 minutes more. Remove from the oven and cool completely.

7. Put two cookies together in a sandwich with a small amount of apricot jam and voila! You have your Non Plus Ultra cookies – a true perfection!

Bon Appétit!

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43 thoughts on “Non Plus Ultra

  1. Jasline March 11, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    They look so adorable! I’m sure they are tasty too!

    • Baking with Sibella March 11, 2012 at 9:54 pm

      Thank you Jasline! Oh, they are really tasty! :) Thanks for stopping by!

  2. jamieott March 11, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    I love the description of your emotional connection to these cookies. They look delicious.

    • Baking with Sibella March 11, 2012 at 10:32 pm

      Thanks so much! Somehow I always connect my recipes with events in my life… :)
      Thanks for stopping by!
      Sibella

  3. theroad2fabulous March 11, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    Those look amazing! I might try them with my homemade black raspberry jam. How terrible could that be?

    • Baking with Sibella March 11, 2012 at 10:35 pm

      Hi and thanks so much for visiting! Homemade black raspberry jam sounds fantastic and I think it wouldn’t be terrible at all! :) Experimenting and using new flavors is a big part of baking/cooking adventure.

  4. Bam's Kitchen March 11, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    There is only a like button on wordpress. This time I need I “love” button. So when are you opening your bakery? Take care, BAM

    • Baking with Sibella March 12, 2012 at 8:24 am

      Awww Bobbi, you just made my day! :) Who knows if bakery would be so much fun with all the stress, deadlines and such… But maybe one day…

      • Bam's Kitchen March 13, 2012 at 5:52 am

        Then maybe you could just start with small requests out of your own kitchen. I wonder how your little treats would do if you shipped them to Hong Kong. Trust me my boys have already asked… Lol

    • Baking with Sibella March 13, 2012 at 8:14 am

      Actually, I’ve been playing with the idea of doing a small catering or something like that.
      If Hong Kong wasn’t that far, trust me I would be more than happy to send something over to your hungry bunch! :D Hugssss!!!!

  5. filingawaycupcakes March 12, 2012 at 1:58 am

    These look fabulous! I must try perfection.

  6. reluctantlymeatfree March 12, 2012 at 5:38 am

    Sibella, fantastic as usual. Such lovely recipes. Everything sweet you make seems like it should be a special treat but never comes across as decadent. Homely and lovely. Thanks!

  7. Baking with Sibella March 12, 2012 at 8:26 am

    Oh, my day just keeps getting better! :) THANKS so much on your kind words! Wishing you a wonderful week!
    Sibella

  8. sourdoughtheangrybaker March 12, 2012 at 10:11 am

    Pretty post Sibella! Thos cookies look Ultra Plus!

    • Baking with Sibella March 12, 2012 at 10:29 am

      Thank you Mr. SOURdough! :) Have a great week!

  9. Just A Smidgen March 12, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Wow… not only are these pretty, I’ve never seen anything like them before! I’ll be keeping this in mind when I need to make a cookie for seniors home:)

  10. Baking with Sibella March 12, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Thank so much Smidge! These are one of those cookies that become your favorite in a heart beat. Make them really small (about 1 inch in diameter). :)

  11. Bold Wandering March 12, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    These cookies not only look delicious, but also adorable. Thank you for sharing the recipe. I must admit I am a little jealous of your recipe book. I don’t think we have a single hand written recipe in my family.

    • Baking with Sibella March 12, 2012 at 7:03 pm

      Thanks for stopping by! I really love sharing my recipes with the world! :) In this age of computers, electronic files and all the other gadgets it is really rare to find a hand written recipe book and I am really happy I saved mine. Even though it may not be convenient, you can always start one and pass it on to the next generations… :)

  12. Dimitris Baltzis March 12, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    Looks so tasty!!!!!

    • Baking with Sibella March 12, 2012 at 6:57 pm

      Thanks Dimitris! :) They were even better today!

      • Dimitris Baltzis March 12, 2012 at 6:59 pm

        I;m jealous :)

        • Baking with Sibella March 12, 2012 at 7:07 pm

          Haha, sorry for not being closer… otherwise I would bring you some! :)

          • Dimitris Baltzis March 12, 2012 at 7:15 pm

            Sure :) it must be great for breakfast :)

  13. Pierotucci March 13, 2012 at 7:15 am

    The cookies look divine, but I enjoyed your intro the most.

    http://www.pierotucci.com/clothing/new_collection/

  14. glutenfreezen March 13, 2012 at 11:13 am

    Oh, these are really cool! I’ve never even heard of such a thing…will definitely be trying these! :)

    • Baking with Sibella March 13, 2012 at 12:16 pm

      Hi April! :)
      These are popular in Europe, especially for the parties and holidays since they are small and you can eat them in one bite.

  15. violetsandcardamom March 13, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    What an adorable cookie!! And I love your recipe book! What a special treasure to still have.

    • Baking with Sibella March 13, 2012 at 10:00 pm

      Thanks so much! :) Yes, I love my little recipe book. It is really falling apart and I have to preserve it somehow…

  16. theintrepidbaker March 14, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    your meringue is gorgeous!!! I thought they were candy you stuck on. Looks amazing, I would love to try them out

    • Baking with Sibella March 14, 2012 at 4:02 pm

      Oh, thanks so much! They are pretty easy to make. I know you will enjoy them! :)

  17. Purely.. Kay March 14, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    These cookies so scrumptious and so decadent, that I think everyone I know would love to try them. Wonderful recipe

    • Baking with Sibella March 14, 2012 at 4:10 pm

      Hello Kay, thanks for your kind comment! :) Thanks for visiting!
      Sibella

  18. Choc Chip Uru March 16, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    What adorably delicious cookies – look simply gorgeous :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru
    Latest: Strawberry Hot Fudge Choc Cobbler

  19. TerrifiedTastebud March 16, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    So cute! Bet the texture is fantastic with the cookie, meringue and filling :)

    • Baking with Sibella March 16, 2012 at 1:58 pm

      Thank you! Yes, texture is of the things that makes it so special! :) Thanks for stopping by!
      Sibella

  20. Korena in the Kitchen March 18, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    I love hearing about the connections that people have with certain recipes. I’ve never heard of/seen these cookies before, but what a cool idea! They look scrumptious :)

    • Baking with Sibella March 18, 2012 at 10:56 pm

      Hi Korena, welcome! Non Plus Ultras are popular in Europe and who ever created them is a genius! ;) I also didn’t know about chocolate chip-, oatmeal-, oreo cookies until I moved to US. :)

  21. fromthefamilytable March 23, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    Non plus ultra – what a perfect name. Can’t wait to try them – if I have the skills to pull it off.

    • Baking with Sibella March 24, 2012 at 9:14 am

      They are truly perfect and even better tasting the second day! I am sure you’ll pull it off! :) Thanks for visiting!

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