How to Make Viennese Kiffles

A very simple old world recipe from my great aunt and Austria. In our family, this favorite recipe is made every year at Christmas. Easy, mix, shape, and bake. A light crisp cookie. Enjoy! 🎄

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How to Make Viennese Kiffles Recipe
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Preheat the oven to 350 degrees f.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees f.

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Gathered ingredients; 2 cups flour, 2/3 cup sugar, 1 cold cup butter, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1 1/2 cups ground walnuts and  1 1/2 oz of whisky or bourbon.

Gathered ingredients; 2 cups flour, 2/3 cup sugar, 1 cold cup butter, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1 1/2 cups ground walnuts and 1 1/2 oz of whisky or bourbon.

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In the mixing bowl place; butter, flour and sugar.

In the mixing bowl place; butter, flour and sugar.

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Add vanilla.

Add vanilla.

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Begin to mix on low speed ....

Begin to mix on low speed ....

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... mix on low speed for a couple of minutes to start to blend in and break up the butter into smaller pieces.

... mix on low speed for a couple of minutes to start to blend in and break up the butter into smaller pieces.

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Add the ground walnuts.

Add the ground walnuts.

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Blend in ground walnuts lightly.

Blend in ground walnuts lightly.

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With the mixer running, slowly add the whisky.

With the mixer running, slowly add the whisky.

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Blend the cookie dough just long enough for it to come together.

Blend the cookie dough just long enough for it to come together.

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It's easier for me to work with the dough when I remove it from the mixing bowl. To measure the cookies, I use a small (#70) cookie scoop.

It's easier for me to work with the dough when I remove it from the mixing bowl. To measure the cookies, I use a small (#70) cookie scoop.

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Cookie dough, scoop and baking sheets ready. For this guide I was using Pyrex, nonstick baking sheets.

Cookie dough, scoop and baking sheets ready. For this guide I was using Pyrex, nonstick baking sheets.

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I grab a small portion of dough in my left hand, grab the cookie scooper with my right, grabbing cookie dough with the scooper and pressing it into your palm to level off the dough.

I grab a small portion of dough in my left hand, grab the cookie scooper with my right, grabbing cookie dough with the scooper and pressing it into your palm to level off the dough.

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Fill the cookie sheet with portioned cookie dough. Now we will shape the dough balls into crescents.

Fill the cookie sheet with portioned cookie dough. Now we will shape the dough balls into crescents.

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First, place one piece of cookie dough between both palms. Use a rolling motion to shape into round balls.

First, place one piece of cookie dough between both palms. Use a rolling motion to shape into round balls.

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Leaving the dough ball in your hand, again use both palms and roll back and forth to shape into a tube like shape, making sure that the ends are slightly thinner and tapered from the middle.

Leaving the dough ball in your hand, again use both palms and roll back and forth to shape into a tube like shape, making sure that the ends are slightly thinner and tapered from the middle.

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Using using both thumbs together and pointer fingers together, bend cookie dough into crescent shapes.

Using using both thumbs together and pointer fingers together, bend cookie dough into crescent shapes.

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When the whole pan of cookies have been shaped, place in the middle of the preheated oven.

When the whole pan of cookies have been shaped, place in the middle of the preheated oven.

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Bake 15-18 minutes until golden brown.

Bake 15-18 minutes until golden brown.

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Remove kiffles from hot baking sheet to cool completely.

Remove kiffles from hot baking sheet to cool completely.

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Cooling kiffles!

Cooling kiffles!

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In a separate bowl place; 1 cup sugar and 1/2 tsp cinnamon for dusting kiffles when they are cool.

In a separate bowl place; 1 cup sugar and 1/2 tsp cinnamon for dusting kiffles when they are cool.

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Blend sugar and cinnamon.

Blend sugar and cinnamon.

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Add a few kiffles to the sugar and cinnamon. Stir with hands and coat lightly with the cinnamon and sugar.

Add a few kiffles to the sugar and cinnamon. Stir with hands and coat lightly with the cinnamon and sugar.

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Tap off loose sugar and plate.

Tap off loose sugar and plate.

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Enjoy cookies with friends, coffee and the Holidays!

Enjoy cookies with friends, coffee and the Holidays!

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One of my favorite Christmas cookies. Light and crisp! Store in an air tight container for up to two weeks, if they last that long.

One of my favorite Christmas cookies. Light and crisp! Store in an air tight container for up to two weeks, if they last that long.

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Thank you for taking the time to view another one of my great guides. Please remember to ❤ w️hat you see and check out more of my guides. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy Baking 😊🍪!

Thank you for taking the time to view another one of my great guides. Please remember to ❤ w️hat you see and check out more of my guides. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy Baking 😊🍪!

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