Our dear Linda of Buttonwilloe wrote some beautiful remembrances of her father, who passed away recently, on her Blog.  One very touching thing that her family did was to bake her father's favorite Hungarian pastry cookies, which are called "kiffles" and give them out as remembrances of him.  I asked Linda if she wouldn't mind sharing this recipe with us.

Kiffle means "a kiss on the forehead followed by a soothing comforting hug." 


Kiffle Recipe

Ingredients:
1 pound cream cheese softened at room temperature
1 cup butter softened at room temperature
7 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
powdered sugar
2 cups filling: nut, lekvar (prune), or apricot

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
1) Cream butter and cream cheese till fluffy.
2) Stir together flour and salt and add it to the creamed mixture.
3) Cover; chill one hour
4) Divide dough into several pieces. Lightly dust rolling surface with powdered sugar, roll each portion approximately 1/8 inch thick (as you would a pie crust) and cut into 2 inch squares. Keep the remaining dough pieces in the refrigerator until you are ready to roll them out.
5) Place a dot (a little less than one teaspoon) of filling in the center of each square. If you use too much it will ooze out in the baking and make a mess. I usually do a test cookie and bake it to see if the amount of filling is correct.
6) Lift up two diagonal corners of the dough to center, pinching together to seal.
7) Place dough on un-greased cookie sheet. Bake till firm and slightly golden. (about 12-15 minutes).
8) Cool on wire racks. Sift powdered sugar over slightly warm pastries.
9) Store loosely covered in a cool dry place. (they freeze nicely...just make sure they are completely cooled before freezing )

FILLING FOR KIFFLES:

Lecvar (prune) or apricot filling:
1 1/2 Cups dried prunes or apricots, chopped into fine bits (food processor or by hand)
Water
Sugar
Place chopped fruit in sauce pan and cover with water
Add 1/2 cup sugar (or to taste, prune may not even need sugar)
Bring to boil and simmer on low until a thick jam-like consistency

 Linda's Father, Louis A. Heringes Sr.
 

Comments (6)

On May 13, 2010 at 1:42 PM , button said...

Thank you, Sue. Seeing my Daddy smiling brings tears to my eyes. I miss him so much. Tinkerbell and I went back to the care center this past Monday to visit the residents. It was very bitter-sweet. I won't be going every week anymore (it's 60 miles away), but, there are a couple of folks there who have become very dear and will be back to visit. I actually made another batch of kiffles yesterday. They're in the freezer. (taste yummy frozen, too)
Thank you so much for this sweet remembrance for my Daddy.
(((hugs)))
button

 
On May 13, 2010 at 1:50 PM , ZudaGay said...

What an amazing blessing to have had a wonderful Daddy! I have so many special memories of mine. The cookies look delicious! I will have to give them a try.

 
On May 13, 2010 at 2:36 PM , mattscraftywife said...

YUM these look great.

Button, still praying for you as you grieve your Daddy's passing. He and my mom must be having a grand time up there with our Lord *hugs*

 
On May 13, 2010 at 5:44 PM , Christie Cottage said...

LInda's blog was a wonderful trubute to her Daddy!

Our Daddy's capture our hearts and it hurts to lose them.

{{hugs}}
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On May 13, 2010 at 9:49 PM , pfd said...

Sue, was such a great idea to honor Button's dad and give us a great looking recipe. Button pray for your sorrow and praise that you were so blessed.

 
On May 14, 2010 at 10:58 AM , Our Family said...

Thank you for such a wonderful post! The recipe looks fabulous too!
Sarah