I grew up eating these delicious cookies that my Austrian grandfather would bring home from a German bakery near his shop. It was always a special treat to eat these cookies around the holidays. Since that bakery closed down many years ago, I have never found another bakery that made them until today. Today, I was just browsing the bakery section at ShopRite and found them. Problem was…. they wanted $10 a pound for them which amounted to about 5 cookies. That is not acceptable for our budget at all. So I did some research and created my own Kiffle recipe to share with all of you.
I grew up eating the walnut filled cookies but you can use other fillings such as jams and jellies.
Hungarian Kiffle Cookies
A light, fluffy cookie with delicious filling inside.
- 4 cups chopped walnuts
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1/2 cup milk Cookies
- 1 cup sugar
- 16 tablespoons (2 sticks) of unsalted butter, room temperature
- 4 1/2 cups of flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 4 tsp baking powder
- 4 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 8 ounces sour cream
- powdered sugar (optional)
- Starting with the filling: combine sugar, milk and walnuts together in a saucepan and heat over medium-low heat until the sugar is melted. Set aside until cookies are ready to be filled.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Mix the sugar and butter together until creamed. Set aside.
- In a separate bowl, mix the dry ingredients together.
- Add dry ingredients to the first bowl, a little at a time, mixing until combined. The mixture will be dry.
- In a new bowl, whisk the eggs, vanilla and sour cream together.
- In the other bowl, create a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and add a little of the egg mix. Mix together with a spoon or spatula. Continue to do this a little at a time until the dough becomes mixed. The dough will be sticky.
- On a large surface, dust with flour and have flour ready to dust on the dough and rolling-pin. I roll out little sections at a time. Place a damp towel over the bowl of the dough you are not working with. Roll out dough to a square piece. With a pizza or pastry roller, cut the dough into 3″ squares.
- Using a flour-dipped spatula, take the squares and turn them on an angle. Spread the walnut mixture in the middle. Dab a little water on the 2 opposite corners and pinch the corners together. Repeat with each square until done.
- Bake 25-30 minutes or until the bottoms are golden brown.
- Sprinkle with powered sugar and enjoy!