This cookie is a typical Hungarian festive cookie, probably because it is quite simple to make and there are normally no leftovers 😀 I made these (first of all for us and secondly) for my colleagues as a small treat before Christmas (for Mikulás), it was a big hit!
Hókifli – Hungarian Snow Crescents
500g (1.1 lbs) white flour
300g (1.4 cups) margarine (or butter, why not?)
grated rind of a half lemon
1 egg and 2 egg yolks
200g (0.6 lbs) ground walnuts
200g (0.6 lbs) sugar
1 pack (0.25 oz) vanilla sugar
Optional: jam, ground walnuts or sweetened poppy seeds for filling
Confectioners’ sugar for rolling the cookies
1. Mix the flour and the room temperature butter/margarine. Add the egg and the egg yolks, sugar, vanilla sugar, walnut and lemon rind. Mix all these ingredients and form a soft ball. Place in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
2. On a floured surface, roll out the dough and cut circles (1 used a small water cup as I don’t have any round cookie cutters), form crescent shapes. If using any filling, put it on the middle of the circles and roll up into shapes afterwards.
3. Place the cookies in pre-heated oven and bake for about 15 minutes on 180°C/360°F. Don’t be shy to try one or two to make sure they are done 😀
4. While still warm, roll the cookies in the confectioner’s sugar and let them cool before serving.
Enjoy with a cup of tea, coffee or by itself! 🙂