Hungarian Kiffles-The Perfect Holiday Baked Good!

Hungarian Kiffles-The Perfect Holiday Baked Good!

It’s the time of the year when we bake more than usual. This Hungarian cookie is one I am sure you will love and is very popular during the holidays!

Made with a cream cheese dough, kiffles come out of the oven with a flakey texture. This traditional Hungarian cookie is delicate and rich.

Wrap in a pretty container with a ribbon and you have a lovely gift to give!


Hungarian Kiffles

Eastern European Cookie

Servings: 5 dozen
Author: Jacquelyn
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks butter room temperature
  • 8 oz cream cheese room temperature
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 3/4 lb apricot butter
  • 1/2 cup confectioners's sugar for sprinkling after baked
  1. In a large bowl combine flour, sugar and salt

  2. In a stand mixer or by hand-cream butter and cream cheese until smooth

  3. Add the egg yolks to the butter/cream cheese mixture

  4. Add the flour mixture to the butter/cream cheese mixture and blend together

  5. Separate into five balls

  6. Refrigerate overnight-12 hours

  7. When ready to roll the dough, let it come almost to room temperature

  8. Using a rolling-pin, take a dough ball and roll into a circle

  9. Cut out circles using a round cookie cutter or a white wine glass (perfect size)

  10. Take the circle and very gently roll once or twice to make an oval

  11. Using 1/2 teaspoon of filling, place it in the middle of the oval and spread around

  12. Roll the dough length wise- gently-pulling the ends to lengthen the kiffle

  13. After all kiffles are rolled, place seamed side down on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet

  14. Bake at 375 degrees for about 10-13 minutes- until lightly browned

  15. Cool on a cooling rack

  16. When ready to serve, sprinkle with confectioners' sugar

Recipe Notes

The apricot butter may be substituted for

  • Raspberry
  • Prune (Lekvar)
  • Walnut
Cut out circles
Cut out circles
Using a rolling pin-roll into oval shape
Using a rolling pin-roll into oval shape
Add half teaspoon filling
Add half teaspoon filling
Roll kiffle
Roll into crescent shape
Place kiffles on cookie sheet
Place kiffles on cookie sheet
Sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar


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