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Christmas Walnut Crescent Cookies – Hókifli

Hungarian Christmas Walnut crescent cookies

These Hungarian Christmas walnut crescent cookies have a sweet, nutty filling inside a flakey, rich pastry! Heavily sprinkled with icing sugar mixed with vanilla flavored sugar. While they are traditionally made at Christmastime, they are outstanding any time of year! A perfect Christmas dessert, easy to make, and they can be made ahead of the festivities and stored in a tin. The dough is eggless, this walnut crescent cookies recipe does not use any eggs.

Every year, me and my daughter would would make walnut crescents as part of our annual Christmas baking repertoire, along with Hungarian Beigli and Gerbeaud cake.

The dough has only 5 ingredients, so ease to prepare. If you do not like walnuts, then you can prepare this dessert with ground poppy seed filling as well.

Can I make the walnut crescent cookies in advance?

Absolutely! They keep very well for days or even over a week so can be made ahead of the festivities and stored in a tin, keep them in a cool, dry place.
Also, the walnut crescents make a perfect Christmas gift, pack them in a nice box either store-bought or homemade, add a tag and you are done!

How to make powdered sugar in just 30 seconds?

I teach you how to make powdered sugar at home! It is so simple with the sugar of your choice, once you learn this, no need to buy it any more. In addition, since you are making yours fresh, you can skip the corn starch when you make it at home.

You just need a spice grinder, and you can prinkle the freshest powdered sugar in your dessert. My Mom gave me this grinder, it is a popular brand in Hungary but not available in North America. The Secura Electric Coffee and Spice Grinder at Amazon is easily available for anyone, you can even grind your own coffee and different spices.

Hungarian Christmas Walnut crescent cookies

Christmas Walnut Crescent Cookies - Hókifli

These Christmas walnut cookies have a sweet, nutty filling inside a flakey, rich pastry! Heavily sprinkled with icing sugar mixed with vanilla flavored sugar. While they are traditionally made at Christmastime, they are outstanding any time of year.
5 from 1 vote
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Servings 25 pieces

Equipment

  • Large bowl
  • Medium bowls
  • Saucepan
  • Food processor
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoon
  • Zester
  • Rolling Pin
  • Parchment paper
  • Baking tin
  • Plastic wrap

Ingredients
  

For the dough

  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour 200 grams
  • 8 3/4 tbsp butter 125 grams
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 pinch salt

For the walnut filling

  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup finely ground walnuts
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest

Topping

  • 1 cup powdered sugar mixed with vanilla flavored sugar

Instructions