Hungarian Cookies

Today I made my grandmother’s cookies. My grandmother and her sister made these cookies every year during the holiday season. Fortunately I got the recipe from my grandmother many years ago and have taken over the tradition of making them. When I was a child, she stored them on the upper shelf in the hall closet at her house until Thanksgiving day. My sister and I knew they were there and we would steal them and load our pockets with them. The recipe she gave me is on a piece of notebook paper in her handwriting. I treasure the recipe and think of her whenever I make them. Hers were always perfect in size.


Grandma’s Hungarian Cookies

  • 2 cups raisins
  • 2 cups mission figs
  • 2 cups pitted prunes
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • zest of one orange
  • juice of one orange
  • 5 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/2 lb unsalted butter
  • 1-1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • powdered sugar for dusting cookies

Mix raisins, figs, prunes, walnuts, orange zest and orange juice in the food processor until a thick paste filling forms. I do this in half batches. Set aside.


Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together. Cream butter and sugar in a large bowl and add the eggs a little at a time and continue mixing. Add vanilla. Slowly add flour mixture until completely mixed together. The dough will be sticky. Roll out the dough on a floured surface into a rectangular shape approximately 1/4″ thick. Cut into 2″ squares with a serrated cutter. Fill each square with a heaping tsp of the filling. Lap the dough over and form a triangle. Bake at 350 degrees for 7 – 10 minutes or until golden on the edges. The thinner you roll out the dough, the quicker they will bake. Once they cool, dust them in powdered sugar. Yields 7 dozen cookies. I freeze them until they are ready to be given away.


Italian Cookies II


Thank you grandma





    • Chef, the name for this cookie is kiffle. Although the recipes I’ve seen for kiffles have cream cheese in the dough. I don’t know where my grandmother’s recipe originated from since she is from Sicily and was Italian. I hope you are able to try some of these cookies when you are there and let me know what you find out.

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