Jam Crescent Cookies (Croatian Kifle) – melt-in-your-mouth, soft and flaky cookies filled with your favorite jam.
Probably every family in Croatia owns at least one recipe for their favorite Kifle or Kiflice (crescent cookies). There are so many different kinds: with or without yeast, filled with walnuts, poppy seeds, cheese or jam. The most popular kinds of jam are apricot, plum or rose hip.
Some Kifle are more soft and pillowy while others are buttery, flaky or crispy. My recipe is both soft and flaky with slight lemon aroma. This time I used plum jam for filling. You can use strawberry, raspberry, currant or any other jam that you like. Nutella should also work great in this recipe.
Kifle are good warm or cold and can be kept for days or even weeks in a closed container. No refrigeration is needed. Kifle can also be frozen.
Melt-in-your-mouth jam filled crescent cookies a necessary part of every party, big or small.
- 3 2/3 cups (500 g) pastry flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 2 sticks + 5 tsp (250 g) butter or margarine
- 2/3 cup + 3 Tbsp (200 ml) sour cream
- 1 Tbsp powdered sugar
- 1/2 tsp lemon zest
- a pinch of salt
- about 1 1/2 cup jam (apricot, plum, rose hip or any other type)
- powdered sugar for dusting
Mix (either with hands or using mixer or food processor) flour with baking powder, butter, margarine, sour cream, powdered sugar, lemon zest and salt. Do not overwork. Wrap the dough in plastic and chill it in the fridge overnight or for about 1 hour in the freezer.
On a lightly floured surface, roll one-fourth of the dough into a thin circle. Cut the circle into 6 triangles and put about 1/2 teaspoon jam on each one. Jam should be firm rather then runny so that it does not spill out from cookies. Roll triangles into crescents, starting at the wide end (see video below for instructions).
Arrange cookies on a baking sheet (they won’t expand a lot). Bake them in preheated 350 F (175 C) oven for about 15 minutes in regular oven or about 12 minutes in fan oven. They should still remain pale in color.
Transfer the crescents to a wire rack and dust them with powdered sugar.
To show you how to roll jam cookies, I found instructions on YouTube. The recipe for cookies is different then mine, but folding method (starting at 3:20 minute) is the same: