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Mladenčići (Serbian Honey Cakes)

A recipe for Mladenčići (Serbian Honey Cakes)! These little rolls are baked until golden and covered in honey.
Course Bread
Cuisine Serbian
Keyword bread, honey, roll, Serbia, Serbian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Resting Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings 30 -40 rolls


  • 1 cup (250 milliliters) lukewarm water 105-115˚F
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons (7 grams) active dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 500 grams (3 1/2-4 cups) all purpose flour
  • Pinch salt
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil plus more for brushing
  • Honey for drizzling


  • In a small bowl, sprinkle yeast and sugar over the water and stir to combine. Allow to sit until frothy, about 10 minutes.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough blade or a large bowl, combine the flour and salt.
  • Mix in the yeast with water and oil until dough comes together. If too crumbly, slowly drizzle in more lukewarm water to create a soft dough. On a lightly floured surface, knead until dough is smooth. Transfer to a lightly oiled bowl, cover, and allow to rest until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment or lightly grease.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough 1/3 inch (1 cm) thick. Use a 1 3/4 inch (4.5 cm) wide round cookie cutter to cut out 30-40 circles of dough. Arrange on prepared baking sheets at least 1 inch apart. Prick the top of each circle several times with a toothpick and cover with towels. Allow to rest 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350˚F (180˚C).
  • Brush the tops of the circles with vegetable oil. Bake in preheated oven until golden, about 20 minutes, turning and rotating the baking sheets halfway if baking both at once.
  • Allow to cool slightly before drizzling with honey and serving immediately.