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Vanilla Kifli Recipe

Vanilla Kifli

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"A Hungarian holiday cookie."

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Original recipe makes 30 cookies Change Servings


  1. Cream together the butter with the sugar in a large mixing bowl. Beat in egg yolks and vanilla. Gradually beat in flour.
  2. Turn into a ball, cover and let stand at room temperature for 2 hours.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  4. To form the crescents, roll about 1 Tbsp of the dough in the palms of your hands. Then continue rolling to form a rope about 3 inches long and 1/2 inch thick. Bend rope to form crescent. Repeat with remaining dough, placing on ungreased cookie sheets about 1 inch apart.
  5. Bake for about 10 to 12 minutes. Cookies should be white in color. Let cool on cookie sheets for 5 minutes to prevent breaking. Then, while cookies are still warm, carefully roll in vanilla sugar. (May be found in bulk food stores). Repeat with remaining cookies. Cool cookies completely.
  6. Melt chocolate in a double boiler set over low heat. When cookies are cool, dip tips of each cookie in melted chocolate, then set on waxed paper to dry.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 02, 2009

These were really easy to make for my 6 year old daughter and I. We went a little overboard with the melted chocolate... we dipped each cookie until it was half covered!!! We also made our own vanilla sugar: 1/2 cup white sugar, 1/4 tsp vanilla extract in a freezer bag. we let the mixture dry while the dough was sitting. The sugar became clumpy, so we crushed it back to granulated form. It worked perfectly! Great recipe!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 08, 2008

For those who have no vanilla sugar, see note below from Allrecipes! vanilla sugar Wonderfully fragrant and flavorful sugar made by burying vanilla beans in granulated or confectioners' sugar-usually in the proportion of two beans for each pound of sugar. The mixture is stored in an airtight container for about a week before the vanilla bean is removed. The result is a delicious and perfumy sugar that can be used as an ingredient or decoration for baked goods, fruit and other desserts. Vanilla beans may be reused in this fashion for up to 6 months.


14 Ratings

Jan 21, 2008

These were great and easy to make

Feb 16, 2007

This is a really good recipe. My boyfriend was in charge of cooking for our dinner club, and suggested that we make Hungarian food. He said these tasted just as good as in Hungary. They went well with the Hugarian Goulash I recipe. I couldn't stop eating them, and my sister's family enjoyed them as well. They also look really pretty arranged on a plate. Try them!

Dec 15, 2007

My grandma used to make several different types of Hungarian cookies, and these took me right back to her kitchen! They are fun to do with the kids because they can help with several of the steps. I am using them for a Christmas cookie exchange! They are delicious!!!!

Sep 02, 2008

These were wonderful and easy! Little mouthfuls of vanilla-cookie-awesomeness. I dipped them in dark chocolate and didn't have any vanilla sugar but used regular granulated sugar. That worked great and they tasted wonderful! Great recipe.

Nov 09, 2007

I found this recipe here a couple years ago. I was baking cookies for gifts for our family and wanted to find recipes that matched all our different ethnic heritages. My parents are each about 1/2 Hungarian, so my sisters and I are as well, so it was nice to find some Hungarian recipes. These were so melt-in-your-mouth good. Really. I'm thinking of using this recipe for a cookie exchange coming up. The hardest part was coming up with the vanilla sugar. We don't live in an area where it's easy to find ready-made, so I had to find an easy recipe. But the flavor of the cookies is really good!

Jul 06, 2010

SOOOO GOOD. If you like Walkers Shortbread, you'll like these. I make them when I make meringue cookies so I have a use for the egg whites.


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  • Calories
  • 220 kcal
  • 11%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 28.3 g
  • 9%
  • Cholesterol
  • 52 mg
  • 17%
  • Fat
  • 11.2 g
  • 17%
  • Fiber
  • 0.7 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 2.4 g
  • 5%
  • Sodium
  • 3 mg
  • < 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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