Prep 3 hrs
Cook 45 mins
Traditional Hungarian Christmas cookies or just nice for breakfast in the morning with coffee. The filling can also be used for kolach. These are very good, but fairly labor intensive. We usually make these over two days, making the dough up the first day and refrigerating overnight, then assembling and baking the next day. We also usually have one person roll them out while 2 or 3 people finish assembling them, so it goes much faster.
- 3 cups flour, sifted
- 1 cup unsalted butter
- 4 egg yolks
- 1⁄3 cup sour cream
- 2 teaspoons lemon extract or 2 teaspoons vanilla
Poppy Seed Filling
- 3 cups poppy seeds, freshly ground (2/3 lb)
- 1 1⁄2-2 cups sugar
- 3⁄4 cup milk
- 1⁄2 cup butter
- 3⁄4 teaspoon vanilla
- flour, to dust work surface
- powdered sugar, to dust work surface (optional)
- 2 tablespoons powdered sugar or 2 tablespoons vanilla powdered sugar, to dust cookies
- In a large bowl, cream butter and egg yolks; add sour cream and extract.
- Mix in flour; mix until smooth.
- Gather dough into a ball.
- Turn out onto lightly floured surface.
- With palms of hands, shape dough into a smooth roll.
- Slice dough into 48 pieces (if dough is too soft and sticky to handle, chill for a short time).
- Roll each piece into a ball (about the size of a walnut).
- Can be refrigerated overnight at this point.
- In a heavy 1 1/2 qt saucepan, combine all filling ingredients and mix together.
- Cook over low heat, stirring constantly until mixture is slightly thickened (5 minutes).
- Remove from heat and cool.
- Filling should be smooth and easy to spread, if on standing it thickens too much, stir in a little milk.
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Lightly sprinkle work surface with flour or powdered sugar.
- Roll one dough ball out at a time into a circle 1/16-inch thick.
- Place 1-2 teaspoons of filling in the middle of each circle.
- Gently lifting nearest edge, roll over to cover filling (continuing to roll so that the dough overlaps on the bottom); pinch the ends slightly around the filling and shape into a crescent by curving the ends in slightly.
- Place crescent onto lightly greased cookie sheet so that the overlapped side remains on the bottom.
- In this way, make crescents from each of the remaining dough balls, sprinkling the work surface lightly between each cookie.
- Bake until lightly browned 10-15 minutes; remove to cooling racks.
- When cool, sprinkle with powdered sugar.