Kiffles (kiflis) are traditional Hungarian cream cheese pastry cookies with assorted fruit and nut fillings like apricot, almond, and poppy.
Provided by Lynne Webb
Categories Baking & Desserts
Number Of Ingredients 5
- Whisk the flour and salt together in a medium bowl and set aside.
- Beat the cream cheese and butter with an electric mixer on medium speed until very smooth and creamy, 2 to 3 minutes.
- Reduce the mixer speed to low and add the flour mixture, 1/4 cup at a time, mixing just until combined. The dough will be quite moist, but not sticky.
- Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and flatten into a square approximately 1/2-inch thick. Cut into 4 equal pieces and wrap each separately in plastic wrap. Refrigerate until firm, a minimum of 2 hours.
- Preheat the oven to 375°F and position a rack in the center of the oven. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Remove one portion of the dough from the refrigerator and place it on a liberally floured surface.
- Dust the top of the dough with flour and cover with a sheet of wax or parchment paper. Working from the center toward the corners, roll the dough out to a 1/8-inch-thick square. It should measure about 9 inches.
- For best results, see our recipe notes below to learn how to roll your dough into a perfect square.
- Using a pastry wheel or a sharp knife, cut your dough both lengthwise and crosswise into small squares.
- Your total yield will depend on how large you make them. We recommend 1-1/2-inches which will give you 36 kiffles per square of dough or about 12 dozen total.
- The best way to keep the size even is to use a ruler and mark all 4 sides of the dough square at intervals with the tip of a knife. You can use the handle of a spatula to guide you as you cut to keep your lines straight as well (similar to drawing straight lines on a sheet of paper).
- Working as quickly as possible, place a small mound of filling (about 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon) in the center of each square. If the filling flavor you're using is relatively smooth you can spoon it into a small freezer bag, snip off a tiny bottom corner and squeeze the filling onto the squares. This works particularly well with the poppy and almond flavors.
- Lift two opposite corners of the dough over the filling and gently pinch them together. Fold that "point" over to one side, moisten the tip of your finger with a bit of water and smooth it down gently on one side of the kiffle. This prevent the kiffles from popping open as they bake.
- Important Note: The various filling flavors spread a bit differently during baking so you may want to fill a few "test" kiffles and bake them to gauge the right amount of filling for each type.
- Arrange the kiffles 1 inch apart on the parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake until barely golden, 12 to 14 minutes. Cool on the baking sheet for 1 minute, then carefully transfer the kiffles to cooling racks.
- Repeat the process with the remaining 3 portions of dough, using different filling flavors if desired.
- Store kiffles between layers of waxed paper in a tightly closed container and refrigerate. Bring them to room temperature (30 minutes out of the fridge), arrange on a plate and dust lightly with powdered sugar just before serving. It's not advisable to top them with powdered sugar before storing.
- Makes 8 to 12 dozen
This is the real deal, direct from my Hungarian descendants. These yummy, delicate cookies are just the right amount of sweetness and are absolutely addicting! Simple ingredients, but do take some work, but well worth it! Always a holiday favorite!
Provided by Rach
Number Of Ingredients 6
- Beat butter and cream cheese in the bowl of a stand mixer until pale yellow and creamy. Gradually add 2 cups flour to butter mixture until the dough is too thick for the mixer. Stir remaining 2 cups flour into the butter mixture by hand and knead until dough falls off hands easily. Roll dough into a ball, place in bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and chill in the refrigerator for 8 hours or overnight.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
- Stir walnuts and sugar together in a bowl. Pour milk into walnut mixture and stir to form a paste.
- Turn dough onto a floured work surface and roll to desired thickness. Cut dough into 2-inch squares. Place about 1 teaspoon walnut filling in the center of each square. Roll the dough from 1 corner to the other corner around the walnut filling and transfer to a baking sheet.
- Bake in the preheated oven until light brown, 10 to 15 minutes.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 289.4 calories, Carbohydrate 18.3 g, Cholesterol 41.1 mg, Fat 23 g, Fiber 1.2 g, Protein 4.4 g, SaturatedFat 10.1 g, Sodium 110.8 mg, Sugar 6 g
The first time I went to Michigan and met my husbands family, they made these for me. What a great way to get to know someone and be put at ease, is to bring them into your kitchen. That was 35 years ago and have been making them for Christmas every year. My family has a tradition of making as many as we can on Christmas Eve...
Provided by Dorene Nagy
Number Of Ingredients 9
- 1. Let cream cheese and margarine get room temperature. In large bowl mix together with hands, cream cheese, margarine and flour. Mix well. Form dough into balls about the size of a ping pong ball. (makes about 45) Put in refrigerator over night.
- 2. Keep work area sprinkled with powdered sugar. Roll ball into oval shape. Put one teaspoon of filling in center and roll up like a cresent roll. Pinch ends so filling won't bake out. Brush with egg white and bake on cookie sheet lined with waxed paper. Bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove immediately from sheet and put on racks to cool. Sprinkle with powdered sugar after cool.
- 3. Filling: put milk and sugar in saucepan. Heat till sugar melts. Add lemon extract. Stir. Pour over ground walnuts and mix well. Let cool. Any left over filling is good on ice cream.
- 4. Store in sealed tupperware.
HUNGARIAN KIFLI II
- In a medium bowl, cream butter and cream cheese. Stir in the egg yolks and vanilla. Stir together the flour and baking powder. Add the flour mixture a little at a time until it is fully incorporated. Divide dough into 5 parts, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate overnight.
- in a medium bowl, beat egg whites to soft peaks, add sugar a little at a time while continuing to beat to stiff peaks. Fold in ground walnuts, and set aside. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/4 to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut into 3 inch squares, place 1/2 teaspoon of filling in the center of each square and roll up from corner to corner. Place on cookie sheets and refrigerate until hardened.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Bake cookies for 10 to 12 minutes, until lightly browned. Roll in confectioners' sugar when cool.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 262 calories, Carbohydrate 21.7 g, Cholesterol 57.6 mg, Fat 18.2 g, Fiber 1 g, Protein 4.5 g, SaturatedFat 8 g, Sodium 104.5 mg, Sugar 10.3 g
KOSSUTH KIFLI (HUNGARIAN CAKEY COOKIE AKA HALF MOONS)
Another one my grandmom used to make and no one has the recipe. After hours of searching the web, I finally found it (I didn't even know the name before!). This version is from Linda Paul, who won a Christmas cookie contest in Minneapolis with them.
Provided by Karen..
Yield 2-3 dozen
Number Of Ingredients 12
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Butter and flour bottom and sides of a 9-by 13-inch cake pan.
- In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, cream together butter and granulated sugar.
- Add egg yolks, one at a time, and beat until fluffy.
- Add vanilla, lemon rind and lemon juice and beat to combine.
- Gradually add in baking powder and flour.
- In a medium bowl using electric mixer on high speed (with clean beaters), beat egg whites until stiff.
- Fold egg whites into batter.
- Gently spread batter into prepared pan.
- Evenly sprinkle top with finely chopped walnuts and bake 25 to 30 minutes.
- Remove to a wire rack.
- Cool until cake shrinks away from sides of pan (about 15 minutes).
- With a small round biscuit cutter (or a glass), periodically dipped in powdered sugar, cut one circle (don't remove it), then cut another circle halfway down the first one, making two crescents and one oval scrap.
- Remove from pan and repeat (you can eat the oval scraps;).
- Cool crescents completely and dust with powdered sugar.
- Store in a tightly covered container for up to 2 days.
KIFLIE, HUNGARIAN COOKIES
This is a cheat version of a recipe my Grandmother used to make. She spent days folding and greasing the dough so it came out layered and flaky. Since I have neither the time or patience to make that dough I found an easier method. There are two ways to fold these and I'll cover both below.
Provided by Mark Kovach
Yield 12 cookies per sheet.
Number Of Ingredients 5
- Lay out puff pastry on floured board.
- Combine grated walnuts and the sugars, mix thoroughly.
- Add cream until mixture is a thin paste, spreadable but not runny.
- Form cookies.
- Method 1. spread filling on top of pastry, edge to edge in one direction but leave 1 inch uncovered on both edges in the other direction.
- Starting with an uncovered edge roll the pastry into a cylinder. Wet the uncovered edge when you reach it and seal it to the side.
- Place rolled dough in freezer for no more than 20 minutes to firm it for cutting.
- Cut dough cylinder into 1/2 inch circles and place on greased cookie sheet.
- Method 2. Cut pastry sheets into squares 2 inches by 2 inches.
- Place a 12 teaspoon of the filling into the center of the square and bring two opposite points of the square together over the top of the filling.
- Either method, bake cookies at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 12 minutes. .
- Allow to cool and enjoy.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 386.1, Fat 25.3, SaturatedFat 6.8, Cholesterol 13.6, Sodium 107.5, Carbohydrate 37, Fiber 1.3, Sugar 17.7, Protein 4.6
MáKOS KIFLI (HUNGARIAN POPPY SEED CRESCENTS) KIPFLI / KIP
Traditional Hungarian Christmas cookies or just nice for breakfast in the morning with coffee. The filling can also be used for kolach. These are very good, but fairly labor intensive. We usually make these over two days, making the dough up the first day and refrigerating overnight, then assembling and baking the next day. We also usually have one person roll them out while 2 or 3 people finish assembling them, so it goes much faster.
Provided by littleturtle
Yield 48 serving(s)
Number Of Ingredients 13
- In a large bowl, cream butter and egg yolks; add sour cream and extract.
- Mix in flour; mix until smooth.
- Gather dough into a ball.
- Turn out onto lightly floured surface.
- With palms of hands, shape dough into a smooth roll.
- Slice dough into 48 pieces (if dough is too soft and sticky to handle, chill for a short time).
- Roll each piece into a ball (about the size of a walnut).
- Can be refrigerated overnight at this point.
- In a heavy 1 1/2 qt saucepan, combine all filling ingredients and mix together.
- Cook over low heat, stirring constantly until mixture is slightly thickened (5 minutes).
- Remove from heat and cool.
- Filling should be smooth and easy to spread, if on standing it thickens too much, stir in a little milk.
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Lightly sprinkle work surface with flour or powdered sugar.
- Roll one dough ball out at a time into a circle 1/16-inch thick.
- Place 1-2 teaspoons of filling in the middle of each circle.
- Gently lifting nearest edge, roll over to cover filling (continuing to roll so that the dough overlaps on the bottom); pinch the ends slightly around the filling and shape into a crescent by curving the ends in slightly.
- Place crescent onto lightly greased cookie sheet so that the overlapped side remains on the bottom.
- In this way, make crescents from each of the remaining dough balls, sprinkling the work surface lightly between each cookie.
- Bake until lightly browned 10-15 minutes; remove to cooling racks.
- When cool, sprinkle with powdered sugar.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 162.2, Fat 10.6, SaturatedFat 4.5, Cholesterol 32.2, Sodium 19.5, Carbohydrate 14.9, Fiber 1.1, Sugar 7.8, Protein 2.8
HUNGARIAN KIFLI (CHRISTMAS COOKIES) WITH DATES
I woke up a few mornings ago thinking about a special Christmas cookie we used to make using my Hungarian grandmother's recipe. I could remember the cookie, but not the name. Thanks to Facebook (who knew a friend in Cabo had a friend in Hungary!) I got the name but an internet search didn't come up with something exactly like I remembered. I took the closest, which used raisins, and came up with this which is EXACTLY as I remembered, but much easier. NOTE: if you like the filling you might want to make about 1.3 times the amount to overstuff your Kifli. If there's any left over roll it into balls, cover with sugar and call it a truffle. Hope someone out there enjoys this!
Provided by Carol in Cabo
Yield 6 dozen
Number Of Ingredients 7
- For the dough: mix butter, cream cheese and flour in food processor. Split into two balls, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
- For the filling: Mix all ingredients in food processor, let stand at room temperature.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove the dough from refrigerator, roll out on floured cutting board, cut into about 2 inch squares. Put about one teaspoon filling onto each square. Roll diagonally, then crimp in the middle to make a crescent. Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 20 minutes or until golden. Sprinkle with powdered sugar as soon as removed from oven.
- All of the recipes I searched agreed that letting the dough rest overnight is key to getting it nice and flaky.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 923.3, Fat 70.6, SaturatedFat 30.1, Cholesterol 122.9, Sodium 331.4, Carbohydrate 68.6, Fiber 7, Sugar 28.5, Protein 11.7
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