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Easy Polish Walnut Kiflies - Holiday Crescent Cookies

Traditional Christmas treat of Eastern Europe, these easy Polish walnut kiflies are buttery, melt-in-your-mouth, delicate cookies. 
Course Dessert
Cuisine Polish
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 52 -56
Calories 100kcal
Author Jas


  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 pound (2 sticks) cold butter diced
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup sour cream


  • 6 egg whites
  • 1/2 pound powdered sugar
  • 3 cups walnuts finely chopped


  • In a large bowl, using a pastry blender, fork or a food processor, blend the butter into the flour creating a coarse, crumb-like consistency.
  • In a separate bowl, mix the egg yolks and sour cream. Add to flour mixture. Blend and knead lightly until mixture is like pie dough. Shape into small, walnut-sized balls and refrigerate overnight (makes about 52-56 balls).
  • Place egg whites in an airtight container and refrigerate.
  • The next day, beat the egg whites until stiff. Add powdered sugar and beat well. Stir in nuts and refrigerate.
  • To a medium bowl, add 2 tablespoons each of all-purpose flour and sugar. Take half the balls out of the refrigerator and place in flour/sugar mixture. Keep the rest chilled.
  • Roll balls out on a small amount of flour/sugar mixture into a thin circle. Place a heaping teaspoon of filling on each and roll up into a crescent shape. Pinch ends. Place seam-side down on a greased cookie sheet.
  • Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 12 to 15 minutes. Cool slightly and dip in a bowl of confectioners' sugar. Store the kiflies in a cool place.


~ Free Tip ~
  • You can add a teaspoon of vanilla to the filling.
  • For nut allergies, replace the walnut filling with your favorite jam or pastry fruit filling.
  • Bake the cookies distributed between two large cookie sheets on convection setting or bake in batches. 


Calories: 100kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 48mg | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 45IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 0.6mg