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Romanian Kifla Cookies

Romanian Kifla Cookies

My family has a holiday tradition that I absolutely love. We wake up early Christmas morning, open presents, and then eat Romanian Kifla Cookies for breakfast. That’s right, cookies for breakfast!

These cookies are delicious, and you will enjoy them (for breakfast?) whether it’s Christmas or any other day of the year. The recipe I’m sharing makes 8 loaves, which are a lot, but we love giving them as gifts too. So feel free to cut the recipe in half if desired!

To make, you’ll need:

8 cups flour

2 cups butter

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 ounces yeast

2 cups sour cream

8 egg yolks

2 pounds finely diced walnuts

2 cups sugar

6 teaspoons cinnamon

powdered sugar

Romanian Kifla Cookies

Begin by cutting the butter into the flour until it has the consistency of coarse gravel.

Romanian Kifla Cookies

Then combine the salt, yeast, 1/2 cup of sugar, sour cream and egg yolks into a smaller bowl.

Romanian Kifla Cookies

Romanian Kifla Cookies

Stir the small bowl.

Romanian Kifla Cookies

And add it to the coarse gravel (I promise, the cookies will be appetizing even if the directions aren’t!).

Romanian Kifla Cookies

Then mix everything together.

Romanian Kifla Cookies

Now divide the dough into 8 balls, cover in cellophane, and refrigerate overnight.

Romanian Kifla Cookies

To make the filling, add the walnuts, remaining sugar (1.5 cups) and cinnamon to a bowl.

Romanian Kifla Cookies

Romanian Kifla Cookies

Romanian Kifla Cookies

And then mix it together.

Romanian Kifla Cookies

Now take the dough out of the fridge, and place onto a bed of powdered sugar.

Romanian Kifla Cookies

Roll out the dough so it looks like this:

Romanian Kifla Cookies

Romanian Kifla Cookies

Then spread the filling out evenly on top of the dough.

Romanian Kifla Cookies

Next, roll it up like a jellyroll.

Romanian Kifla Cookies

And tuck in the sides as you go, like this:

Romanian Kifla Cookies

You should end up with loaves that look like this:

Romanian Kifla Cookies

Bake them on a cookie sheet at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. They are done when they have a nice golden color, like this:

Romanian Kifla Cookies

To serve, cut 1/2 inch thick slices and enjoy.

Romanian Kifla Cookies

Romanian Kifla Cookies

Romanian Kifla Cookies

I hope your Christmas was as good as these cookies!

~A

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7 replies »

  1. Hello, I just made these today and I wanted to thank you for providing this wonderful recipe! They came out perfectly. :)

    You didn’t specifically state what type of yeast to use so I used the “Instant yeast.”

    For others who may want to try it: I baked 4 loaves at a time for 27 minutes since my oven is on the smaller side. I also melted the butter beforehand instead so it was easier to mix into the flour. I also tested to see if the overnight refrigeration mattered by putting 4 loaves in at night and taking them out in the morning, and also making 4 loaves immediately in the morning, and there was no difference, at least for me.

    Thanks again! My whole family loved them. :)

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  2. My Grandma used to make these every Christmas! I never had the recipe or knew what they were called until last year. Got the name from my cousin. I can’t wait to make them! Brings back good memories- thanks for posting!

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