Hungarian Walnut Pastries

    9 hours 40 min

    These biscuits are also known as kifli. A buttery biscuit dough is enriched with egg yolks and cream cheese, filled with sweetened walnuts and baked.

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    Makes: 48 pastries

    • 250g cream cheese
    • 225g butter
    • 3 egg yolks
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 310g plain flour
    • 1 pinch salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    • 3 egg whites
    • 225g ground walnuts
    • 200g caster sugar
    • 40g icing sugar for decoration

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Extra time:9hr chilling  ›  Ready in:9hr40min 

    1. 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 cling film and refrigerate overnight.
    2. 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.
    3. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 3 to 5mm thickness. Cut into 7.5cm squares, place 1/2 teaspoon of filling in the centre of each square and roll up from corner to corner. Place on baking trays and chill until hardened.
    4. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Bake pastries for 10 to 12 minutes, until lightly browned. Roll in icing sugar when cool.

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    These are the cookies that my mom's Yugoslavian neighbor taught us how to make when we were kids. I can't believe that I found the receipe and as soon as I took my first bite, I knew it was them. They are great and well worth the effort. I nice, light cookie that has a touch of sweetness. Excellent!  -  07 Oct 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I see some differences between my mom's recipe...she uses sour cream instead of cream cheese and instead of rolling out the dough onto a floured surface she rolls it onto a powdered sugar.  -  01 Apr 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I learned how to make these Kiflis when I was in high school and made them almost every Christmas. I lost the recipe when I move this summer and am thrilled to find it on this site!Everyone loves these and asks for them during the holiday season. This is the original recipe. They are worth the work!! Try them you will love them!  -  17 Dec 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)