Pennsylvania Dutch Cookies Kiffels

"Also known as walnut horn cookies."
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Ready In:
8 dozen




  • In a mixing bowl, combine butter, cream cheese, egg yolks and flour; beat until smooth.
  • Shape into 1-inch balls; place in a container with waxed paper separating each layer.
  • Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • FOR THE FILLING, combine walnuts and 3 3/4 cups sugar (the mixture will be dry).
  • In a small mixing bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks form; fold into nut mixture.
  • Add extracts and a few drops of water if necessary until filling reaches a spreading consistency.
  • Place remaining sugar in a bowl; roll cream cheese balls in sugar until completely covered.
  • Place a few balls at a time between two sheets of waxed paper.
  • Roll balls into 2 1/2-inch circles.
  • Gently spread about 2 teaspoons of filling over each.
  • Roll up; place seam side down on ungreased baking sheets.
  • Curve the ends slightly.
  • Bake at 350°F for 20 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • Cool on wire racks.
  • Yield: about 8 dozen.

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  1. These are wonderful! My mother made these every year at Christmas until her arthritis got too bad. Thanks for sharing the recipe.
  2. This is a delicious recipe both my husband and I enjoyed! This did lack some much needed directions though. I cut the recipe in half as this recipe makes 8 dozen. Do NOT flip cookies over as instructions call for, these were delicious but not pretty. Also do NOT spread filling over entire cookie and then roll; instead just put a thin strip of filling down the middle and then roll tightly or they will break open during cooking.
  3. It's very good. This cookie is light and very delicate. Mine is not that pretty. They are all busted open and somewhat flat. It is hard to work with the dough since it is so soft and sticky. You really need to roll it in between two parchment papers like you roll a pie dough. Thank you for posting. Made it for all soul's day.
  4. 5 STARS!! This recipe is soooo good. And everyone that I gave some to thought the same. I kept getting requests for more. While making them I ran out of the nut filling so I made some with apricot and raspberry filling as well and they were mouth watering. Thanks for sharing, these are delicious!



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