(makes 15-20 pieces)
1 can soda water (330 ml / 12 oz)
2 sachets dry yeast
1/2 cup corn oil
1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup water, boiled with 1 1/2 tablespoon aniseed and 1 cinnamon stick
1 orange, zest only
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon mastic, crushed with 1 teaspoon sugar or flour
1 kg + / 2.2 lbs + flour
Cloves for the eyes
Mix all the liquid ingredients together. Dissolve the yeast and add the spices and the sugar. Stir and slowly add as much flour as needed.
Let the dough rise.
Shape the dough into people (Lazarakia), place cloves for eyes and let the cookies rise again.
Bake at 180 oC / 350 oF for about 20 minutes.