Christmas Cookies

Spritz Cookies-a family favorite

You MUST have a cookie press for this recipe.

2 sticks of butter
2/3 cup of sugar
3 egg yolks
2 1/2 cups of flour
1 tsp vanilla

Make sure your flour is softened, not melted.  Cream together butter, eggs, sugar and vanilla. It should be mixed well. Add flour and continue to stir. Take the dough and work it with your hands till it is soft. Put through in cookie press and decorate on nonstick or sprayed cookie sheet. Bake at 325 or until done. Cookies should NOT brown.  Carefully remove with flat spatula to avoid breaking.  This makes about 3 dozen or so. 

Also, you can add food coloring to the dough and knead before putting through the press for colorful cookies. I sometimes add red and green and mix them together and then put through the press. 


Kiflef Cookies (giant pain in the ass)


Cookie:

6oz. cream cheese
2 sticks butter, softened
3tbsp sour cream
2 cups flour

Mix cream cheese, butter and sour cream. Cream together. Add flour and mix well. Knead dough and form into a ball. Wrap in saran wrap and chill dough for 30 minutes.

While the dough is chilling, make the filling.

Filling:

4 cups finely chopped walnuts.
1 cup sugar
1-2 tablespoons of carnation milk to soften

Mix nut mixture together. Add enough of the milk to "gel" the ingredients together, but you don't want it "wet".

This is the hard part...This is very time consuming. 

Roll dough on a flour surface until VERY thin. You may want to test it first on a small portion of dough.
Roll your dough and using a pizza cutter, cut into about 1.5 inch squares....Any excess dough, just add back to the dough ball for later.

Once you have your squares, add about a 1/4 tsp or so of filling to the middle of each square. Fold over one side on the diagonal, and fold the other side over top, tucking underneath and seal with a smear of milk or water so it doesn't "open" up while baking.  This technique may take a few tries. You don't want these cookies to burst open.

Bake in 325 oven until JUST done. Again, you don't want the cookies to brown. Once cooled, sprinkle with confectioners sugar.

This makes about 2 dozen depending upon how thin you roll the dough.