"This recipe is an old family favorite and this year my Mom taught me how to make it. It's a delicious pastry to make and share with family and friends this holiday season!"
In a large skillet, pour enough vegetable oil to measure about 1 inch deep. Heat oil to 380 degrees.
In a large mixing bowl of a stand mixer, cream together:
1 cup butter (2 sticks), softened
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups cottage cheese
To mixture, add:
7 cups flour, adding a little at a time
2 teaspoons baking powder
Mix until completely combined (Dough will be very thick). Turn dough out onto a floured surface and knead well to make sure that all ingredients are combined. On a large counter or table top, roll dough out to about 1/4 inch thickness and cut into 2 inch wide by 4 inch long strips.* Cut a 1-inch slit down the middle of each strip. Take one end of the strip, put it through the slit and pull the dough through. Fry each strip until light golden brown on both sides. Drain on paper towel. Allow to cool. When ready to serve, sprinkle with powdered sugar. ENJOY!
*Tip: If you don't have a large area to roll out the dough, you can divide the dough up and roll it out and cut it a little at a time.
Makes approximately 8 dozen pieces. Recipe can be cut in half to make about 4 dozen pieces.