This recipe was a family recipe given to me many years ago by a friend. It was passed down through her family and is one of my personal favorites. It makes a large amount of cookies, but they can be frozen and are coveted treats, so give them as gifts (including a printed copy of the recipe).
I have a short list of cookies that must be baked for Christmas time. This is on the short list. I put this recipe on the web back in 1999 when I first started the Loving Christmas site on Geocities, then it was on this site in 2015, but temporariy lost. Now I have it posted again!
There are probably many copies of this online now, but this is the one that I have personally baked throughout the years. Try it! I guarantee it will become a favorite.
Hungarian Nut-filled Kifli
- 4 cups flour unsifted
- 2 cups butter
- 4 egg yolks slightly beaten
- 1 cup dairy sour cream
- 1¼ lbs. walnuts ground
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ cup milk
- 1 tbsp almond extract
- 2 egg whites whipped
- confectioners sugar
- Cut butter into flour with pastry blender 'til mixture resembles coarse crumbs
- Add egg yolks and sour cream. Stir. Turn out on lightly floured surface knead until smooth and shape into ball. (If too sticky, use more flour.)
- Refrigerate for at least an hour, or overnight.
- Make Filling: Combine nuts, sugar, milk, extract, and egg white; blend well.
- Heat oven to 400℉ and grease cookie sheets
- On floured surface, roll out quarter of dough at a time to measure, 16 by 12 inches, 1/4 inch thick. Cut into 2 inch squares.
- Place generous 1/2 tsp.filling in each square, then overlap two opposite corners. Pinch edges to seal. Place on cookie sheets and brush with beaten egg.
- Bake 10 to 12 minutes til golden. Cool. Roll in confectioners sugar.