Kiffels are Slovak nut roll cookies. This recipe is from my Baba, which means Grandmother in Slovak. So, you know it is authentic. That being said, it isn’t the healthiest of cookies, but it is delicious, especially with a cup of coffee! I did use white whole wheat flour to try and do something a little healthier, but my dad (who grew up eating these) said it gave the cookies a little different taste and consistency. I really enjoyed making these with my mom and carrying on this Slovak family Christmas tradition. veselé Vianoce! (Merry Christmas in Slovak!)
Filling *Make the night before
- 12 ounces of walnuts
- 2 T sugar
- 1 c milk
- 1 T butter
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Chop nuts in a food processor.
- Heat the milk, sugar and butter on medium-low heat.
- Stir to melt.
- Add the vanilla.
- Add half of the milk mixture to nuts.
- Stir and add more to make a thick, but spreadable consistency. (Please see picture below).
- Refrigerate mixture overnight.*
*If you are like me and normally forget to do the prep work ahead of time: You don’t have to make this overnight, but doing so allows the everything to meld to ensure the desired consistency. It should look like the picture below.
- 2 sticks butter (soft)**
- 2 cups of flour (I used white whole wheat)
- 2 eggs (set out a few hours before)**
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 1/2 heaping tsp sour cream
- 1 BOX of powder sugar (according to my Baba it has to be in a box)
- **Set out the butter and eggs a few hours before you begin.
- Mix everything together until it is soft, but not sticky.
- Break until small balls.
- Roll in powder sugar.
- Use a rolling pin to roll one side and then the other (think one roll horizontally and one roll vertically)
- Put a spoon of the nut mixture on the rolled cookie.
- Use the back of your spoon to cover the cookie.
- Roll in a tube shape and cover in powder sugar.
- Form into a crescent.
- Bake on an ungreased pan at 350 for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Remove immediately from pan.
This recipe makes approximately 35 cookies. The pictures below should help for a better understanding of how to make these cookies.
This is how you roll the cookies. Roll once vertically and once horizontally.
This is how much nut mixture should be put in the cookies (enough to cover almost all the cookie) and how to spread it with the back of your spoon.
Roll in powder sugar and pinch it in the middle (if needed), so it doesn’t puff out.
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