I had other (healthier) plans for today’s post but these little, two-bite Hungarian Christmas Cookies (Kiffles / Kolaches) are just too good not to share immediately! So good, in fact, there were barely enough left to photograph this morning! [Oops]
Sweet, crispy and addicting, these Apricot Kolaches are sensational! The apricot filling is just the right amount of sweet to set off the flakey, buttery pastry.
In an attempt to get these little kolaches as close to my Husband’s Hungarian Grandmother’s as possible, I would make a batch and then call him into the kitchen for an inspection and a taste test. The first batch needed to be thinner and he remembered that hers had a granulated sugar coating.
Oh, the addition of the granulated sugar coating elevated these little kolaches far above the rest! Based on my extensive Internet research, rolling the dough out in sugar is not traditional. In fact, I couldn’t find it anywhere! Grandmother Szabo put her own twist on these traditional Christmas cookies and it was magical!
The sugar caramelized on the bottom and the resulting flavor combination is something I’ve never experienced. It is no wonder that my Husband remembers these kolaches from so long ago. They are truly something special.
I made a traditional Hungarian apricot filling but next time I’m going to try apple and cherry (in addition to apricot, obviously)!
Tis the Season for festive desserts!
This recipe is linked to: Inspiration Monday, Merry Monday, Munching Monday, Monday Funday, Two Cup Tuesday, Tasty Tuesday, Party Time, Moonlight & Mason Jars, Gluten Free Wednesday, What’s Cookin’ Wednesday, Gluten Free Friday, Foodie Friday, Food on Friday, Flashback Friday, Saturday Night Fever