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Kipfel Cookies

Servings: Approximately 2 dozen cookies
Kipfel or Kipferln (Eastern European)

Definition: [KIHP-fuhl, KIHP-ferln] A small, crescent-shaped pastry with a filling of chopped nuts and brown sugar, (also known as rugalach) or a crescent-shaped, butter-rich cookie with either a jam filling or a filling similar to that of the pastry.

1/2 lb. (2 sticks) margarine
1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese
2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
1/4 tsp. salt
Favorite flavored jam or filling (to fill cookies with)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 C).

Cream together margarine and cream cheese. Mix in flour and salt thoroughly. Chill dough until firm.

Roll out dough to 1/8" inch thickness on a lightly floured board or pastry cloth. Cut into 3" inch circles with cookie cutter. Place jam/filling in center of each round. Fold over two opposite edges to meet in center.

Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes.

Let cool and transfer to wire rack. Sprinkle lightly with confectioner's sugar if so desired.

Yields approximately 2 dozen cookies.

Source: Family recipe
Submitted By: Joan
Date: April 25, 2003