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Hungarian Kifli (Christmas Cookies) With Dates

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“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!”
1hr 20mins
6 dozen

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. For the dough: mix butter, cream cheese and flour in food processor. Split into two balls, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  2. For the filling: Mix all ingredients in food processor, let stand at room temperature.
  3. 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.
  4. All of the recipes I searched agreed that letting the dough rest overnight is key to getting it nice and flaky.
  5. Enjoy!

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