I am excited to introduce Carina who is going to share with us her very favorite holiday cookie recipe!
Take it away Carina!
Don’t you love how certain smells bring memories alive? The smell that drifts from the oven while these yummy treats bake bring back my childhood memories. My Grandma and Mom always baked them at Christmas time, but I thought their nut filling would lend nicely to Thanksgiving flavors.
They have the smoothest walnut filling that you won’t understand how delicious it is until you bite into one. Your first bite will be just the flaky, crispy pastry with just enough sugar sprinkled on top. The next bite will be a combination of the flaky pastry and then a smooth, sweet, nutty filling. Yum. These Hungarian cookies are called Kiffles and they are one of my favorite holiday cookies!
Are you ready to make some?
First you will need to gather all of your ingredients. You will probably have these very simple ingredients already, but the end result will make your family think otherwise!
Start with the dough:
-4 cups of flour
-½ tsp salt
-1 tsp baking powder
-1 lb butter
Before you turn your mixer on, dissolve 1 cake yeast (2 ¼ tsp) in 2 TBSP warm milk (I spared you by not posting this picture, it was not appetizing). While the yeast is dissolving combine the first four ingredients. Then, once the yeast is ready, you can add it to the mixer with 3 egg yolks and ½ pint (1 cup) of sour cream.
Your dough should look like this.
Now comes the filling!
It takes 8 cups of walnuts. This might be the only ingredient you’ll have to get at the store. Kiffles are budget friendly and delicious!
In order to get a smooth consistency for the filling, a meat grinder works best. You can use a food processor or blender that grinds stuff really well but if possible, use the meat grinder, it really does make a difference in texture (even my 5 year old who HATES the crunchy consistency of nuts will eat these cookies).
Once all the nuts have been ground, add 1 ½ cups of sugar and 1 ¼ cups of warm milk. If you have leftover filling, it will last 2 weeks in the refrigerator.
Now that you have your dough and filling done, you are ready for assembly!
Flour your counter and rolling pin, then roll the dough into 1 ½ inch balls. Be careful not to over flour the dough, it will prevent the sugar from sticking to them.
Roll the dough out into a circular shape (this might take a couple of tries). My dough rolling skills have come a long way, but I still can not match my Mom’s perfect circles. She is amazing!
You might even have some helpers wander into the kitchen. Having them help might get a little messy, but that’s how the best family traditions start right?
Place a full tablespoon of the filling inside the circle, then roll it up and pinch the ends.
While you are rolling the cookies in sugar, set the oven to 350 degrees. Coat the rolled cookie in sugar, then bake for 12-14 minutes or until they are golden brown.
Here they are, fresh out of the oven!
They come out so puffy and golden. I experimented with colored sugar this time, what do you think?
Here’s to being thankful, enjoying your family’s traditions and maybe starting some new ones as well.
Carina was born in California, grew up in New Jersey and followed her hunky helicopter pilot husband to Nampa, Idaho. She studied Jewelry Design at F.I.T. in Manhattan before having two cute boys who keep her busy, busy, busy! She loves pottery, reading a good book, running, and family pizza movie night. Thanks for sharing here on HowDoesShe!
- 4 cups flour
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 lb butter
- 2 TBSP warm milk
- 1 cake (2 ¼ tsp) yeast
- 3 egg yolks
- ½ pint (1 cup) sour cream
- 8 cups walnuts
- 1 ½ cups sugar
- 1 ¼ cups warm milk
- 1. Mix the first four ingredients in a mixer.
- 2. Dissolve the yeast into 2 TBSP warm milk.
- 3. Add the dissolved yeast, egg yolks, and sour cream to the first four ingredients until combined.
- 4. Set the dough aside, and now process the walnuts in a meat grinder.
- 5. Add the sugar and warm milk to the ground walnuts.
- 6. Roll the dough into 1 ½ inch balls.
- 7. Flour your counter and rolling pin (be careful not to over flour the dough or the sugar will not stick) and roll the dough into circular shapes.
- 8. Place a full TBSP of the filling on the dough, roll, and pinch the ends.
- 9. Set the oven to 350 and coat the cookies in sugar.
- 10. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until golden brown. Enjoy!