Quickie Kifli Cookies

This easy sugar cookie recipe is reminiscent of my family’s traditional hungarian kifli cookies… Sweet, buttery and filled with nutty goodness. If you’ve never tried making kiflis, this is a great place to start!

Quickie Kifli Cookies - Reminiscent of Classic Hungarian Kiflis! #holiday #cookies #thanksgiving #christmas

We all have certain foods that stir up strong memories and strengthen family ties. For me, Hungarian Kifli Cookies are one of those foods. The holidays wouldn’t feel right without these nut-filled little bundles!

When Lt. Dan and I first met, one thing that I found so endearing about him was how much he loved his family.


He would tell stories about family Thanksgivings with enough food to feed an army, Christmases at his Aunt Pammy’s house with more cousins than I could count, and the New Year’s Eve parties his parents would throw with all the neighbors from their block.

He would also tell me stories about his Great Grandma Rosie and Great Grandpa Joe, hungarian immigrants who came to America looking for a brighter future. The twinkle in his eyes when he described his great-grandparents was all it took for me to know this was a person I wanted to spend the rest of my life with.

Quickie Hungarian Kifli Cookies - Reminiscent of Classic Hungarian Kiflis! #holiday #cookies #thanksgiving #christmas

Although I never had the opportunity to meet Grandpa Joe, I visited Grandma Rosie nearly every year up until she passed away at the ripe old age of 96.

She had lived a full life working as a jet-setting executive secretary to the Studebaker family, as a swing dancer, a diehard Notre Dame fan, and an exceptional cook. She passed along many traditional hungarian recipes to “Mo” Dan’s grandma, his mother and aunt, his sister, and then to me.

Along with Chicken Paprikas and Hungarian Goulash, one of the most beloved family recipes she shared was Kifli Cookies.

How to Make Quickie Hungarian Kifli Cookies - Reminiscent of Classic Hungarian Kiflis! #holiday #cookies #thanksgiving #christmas

These little rolled bundles of sweet buttery dough hold a rich nutty filling that screams holiday spirit. There’s only one problem with kifli cookies… they are not the easiest cookies to make, nor the quickest.

And with our fast-pace lifestyles and holiday events night after night, some years its hard to find the time to make them.

How to - Quickie Hungarian Kifli Cookies - Reminiscent of Classic Hungarian Kiflis! #holiday #cookies #thanksgiving #christmas

So this year I cheated…

I used pre-made Pillsbury Ready To Bake Sugar Cookies to make a quickie version of Kiflis, without all the fuss, and they were pretty spectacular!

I mixed cream cheese into the nut mixture to act as a binder and replicate the tangy quality of traditional Kifli dough. Then dolloped the nut mixture on top of Pillsbury cookie dough. As the cookies baked, the walnut filling moved to one side.  This made it easy to fold the cookies in half as soon as they came out of the oven, forming cute little packages.

A dusting of powdered sugar was all it took to make these “Quickie Kiflis” a great substitute for their slightly-more-daunting counterpart.

Quickie Hungarian Kifli Cookies - Reminiscent of Classic Hungarian Kiflis! #holiday #cookies #thanksgiving #christmas

If you need your holiday Kifli fix, but are short on time, this easy sugar cookie recipe is a wonderful solution. They will be a stand-out at your holiday cookie exchange, but are also a great little treat for Thanksgiving!

Along with your pumpkin pie, why not offer Quickie Kiflis as a dessert option?

I prefer them to pecan pie, any day.

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19 comments on “Quickie Kifli Cookies

  1. Brian @ A Thought For Foodposted November 7, 2013 at 7:59 am Reply

    Well these look dangerously delicious!

  2. Carolynposted November 7, 2013 at 8:26 am Reply

    I’ve never heard of kifli cookies but these look great!

  3. Shainaposted November 7, 2013 at 8:41 am Reply

    Love the cheat! Kifli are some of my favorite cookies, and my sisters and I get together each year to make them like we remember doing with our grandma.

    • Sommerposted November 7, 2013 at 6:48 pm Reply

      That’s fantastic! Love those cherished family memories.

  4. Norma | Allspice and Nutmegposted November 7, 2013 at 12:28 pm Reply

    I’ve never heard of kifli cookies but I do want to try them.

  5. Nancy Longposted November 7, 2013 at 2:35 pm Reply

    they sound wonderful – will probably make my own sugar cookies, but understand why busy mothers would use the premade dough

  6. Chrisposted November 7, 2013 at 2:53 pm Reply

    I had never heard of them. Great addition to holiday traditions – Shaina, lucky you!

  7. Coco in the Kitchenposted November 8, 2013 at 1:20 pm Reply

    Love the name & the fact that they’re Hungarian! Gotta try them. Thanks, Sommer. xo

  8. Megan {Country Cleaver}posted November 9, 2013 at 7:30 pm Reply

    These looks so scrumptious!! I am definitely adding these to the cookie-must-make-list this year :)

  9. Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted November 9, 2013 at 11:29 pm Reply

    Wonderful cookies, the “cheat” is perfect when we’re all short on time at the holidays!

  10. Jeanetteposted November 11, 2013 at 6:52 am Reply

    I’ve never heard of Kifli cookies either, but I love learning about family traditions that have been passed down from our ancestors.

  11. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted November 12, 2013 at 11:17 am Reply

    I’ve never had these. But I sure would like one right now, they sound delish!

  12. Rachael (Fuji Mama)posted November 12, 2013 at 11:51 am Reply

    I LOVE learning about new (to me) cookies! These look amazing, and I’m all for using a shortcut occasionally if it means I get a delicious treat!

  13. Nutmeg Nannyposted November 16, 2013 at 1:28 pm Reply

    Oh thanks for the shortcut ;) these looks wonderful!!

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  15. Laura @ laura's Culinary Adventuresposted November 25, 2013 at 8:30 am Reply

    This looks delicious and easy! The holidays are a great time to learn about and make new cookies!

  16. Bridget J.posted December 12, 2013 at 2:36 pm Reply

    This is a great find for me! My paternal great grandmother and grandmother always baked traditional Hungarian cookies. Every gathering, you never left their house without a “care package” that included lots of these tasty cookies. Now that my father lives alone with no one to bake for him, I like to surprise him with Hungarian goodies from time to time. But I am tragically impaired when it comes to baking. Goulash I mastered. Paprikash too. But the oven mocks me. This is a cookie recipe method even I can conquer. TYVM for sharing.

  17. Leigh Kuhlposted December 14, 2014 at 5:01 pm Reply

    Thank You!! When I was much younger, my mom would make Kifli cookies during the holidays. I love your recipe and very excited about trying it out!!!