Kifli Cookies

I've been making these cookies for 44 years, since 1964 and they have become a family tradition," she said. "They are great for cookie exchanges as they make alot!"

dough: 4 cups un-sifted all-purpose flour
2 cups regular butter
4 egg yolks, slightly beaten
1 cup dairy sour cream

filling: 1 1/4 lb walnuts, ground 1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 tbls. almond extract
1 egg, beaten
confectioners's sugar

1. make dough: place flour in large bowl. with pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. add egg yolks and sour cream; stir until combined. turn out on lightly floured surface and knead until dough is smooth and can be shaped into a ball. if too sticky knead in more flour.

2. make filling: in medium bowl, combine nuts, granulated sugar, milk, and almond extract; blend well.

3.preheat oven to 400 degrees. shape kifli: on lightly floured surface, roll out quarter of dough at a time, to measure 16 x 12 in. 1/8 inch thick. with a pastry wheel, cut into 2-inch squares.

5. place generous 1/2 teaspoon filling in center of each square, then bring 2 opposite corners, over- lapping, over filling; pinch edges together to seal. place on cookie sheets. brush lightly with egg.

6. bake 10 to 12 minutes, or until golden. remove and roll in confectioners' sugar. cool on wire rack. makes 16 dozen.

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