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Croatian Kiflice (Jam Filled Crescent Cookies) Recipe

With a tender flaky outer cookie and luscious filled center, it’s not a surprise that Croation kiflice, or jam-filled crescents, are an absolute favorite dessert amongst grown-ups and kids alike.

Whether it’s a birthday party, wedding, shower or any other special events, it’s not truly a celebration if there aren’t kiflice! You will find these jam-filled crescent cookies at any Croatian gatherings and they’re typically the first to be devoured!

The mixture of delicate, flaky pastry, tart jam or other filling and sweet sugar coating make them an irresitable dessert. This recipe makes a pretty large batch (64 cookies) so they’re perfect for feeding a crowd. Moreover, any leftovers freeze really well, so you can pull them out if company comes over or to enjoy with your afternoon tea.

Filling Options for Kiflice

While we love our kiflice filled with jam, there are a number of ingredients you can use instead, based on your tastes:

  • Jam: plum, apricot, quince jams or quince paste work best. They are slightly tart and a bit firmer so they con’t melt when heated. Strawberry is not ideal.
  • Nutella: great for chocolate lovers!
  • Walnuts: Combine 1 cup of ground walnuts with a 1 tbsp warm milk, 3 tbsps sugar and 1 tsp vanilla to create a paste.

As with most butter pastries you want to try to keep the butter cold to get a nice flaky result. Shred the cold butter to help mix it well with the flour, work quickly and try not to handle too much with your hands.

How to Make Kiflice

Preheat oven to 350F.

Dissolve yeast and sugar in warm milk.

In a separate bowl combine eggs with sour cream with a fork. Add in the yeast mixture.

In a large mixing bowl, combine flour and shredded butter and mix until blended together. Add in the yeast mixture and mix on medium speed until combined (1-2 minutes).

Remove from mixer and kneed briefly to form a large ball. Then divide this into to 8 even smaller balls.

Roll each ball to an 8 inch circle. Cut each circle into 8 triangluar slices (like a pizza). Add 1-2 tsps of filling to the wide edge of the triangle (as much as will stay in when the pastry is rolled).

Turn the corners in a little bit (helps to keep the filling from draining out).

Starting on the wide side of the triangle, roll each triangle to form small crescent shapes.

Arrange onto ungreased cookie sheet or parchment paper about 1” apart.

Bake at 350 for 12-14 minutes, until slightly golden.

Once your kiflice are baked you can place them on a wire rack to cool. Alternatively, while they’re still warm, you can dip them in sugar (ideally a half/half combination of granulated and vanilla sugar).

There you go! You are a Croatian pastry goddess! Just be warned – once you bring this treat to your next gathering, you’ll be asked to bring them all the time!

Additional Cookie Recipes to Try:

Kiflice Recipe (Jam Filled Crescent Cookies)

Jane and Sonja
With a tender flaky outer cookie and lucisous filled center, it's not a surprise that Croation kiflice, or jam-filled crescents are an absolute favorite dessert amongst grown-ups and kids alike.
5 from 13 votes
Course Dessert
Cuisine French
Servings 64 cookies
Calories 88 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tsp instant yeast
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • ½ cup milk warm
  • 1 egg
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 3 tbsp sour cream
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups butter
  • 1 cup plum jam or other filling of your choice
  • 1 packet Vanilla sugar

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Dissolve yeast and 1 tsp of sugar in warm milk.
  • In a separate bowl combine eggs with sour cream with a fork. Add in yeast mixture.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, shredded butter and mix until blended together. Add in yeast mixture and mix on medium speed until well combined.
  • Remove from mixer and kneed briefly to form a large ball.
  • Divide into 8 even-sized balls.
  • Roll each to an 8 inch circle. Cut each circle into 8 trinagluar slices (like a pizza).
  • Add 1-2 tsps of filling to the wide edge of the triangle (as much as will stay in when the pastry is rolled).
  • Turn the corners in a little bit (helps to keep the filling from draining out).
  • Starting on the wide side of the triangle, roll each triangle to form small crescent shapes.
  • Arrange onto ungreased cookie sheet or parchment paper about 1” apart.
  • Bake at 350°F for 12-14 minutes, until slightly golden.

Nutrition

Calories: 88kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 1gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 55mgPotassium: 17mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 203IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 7mgIron: 1mg
Keyword cookies, dessert
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Maria Zulian

Wednesday 22nd of September 2021

Hi girls Are you able to convert the measurements to grams please? & do u only use 1 tsp sugar for the dough?

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Destiny

Monday 21st of December 2020

They came out beautifully! I made these for my SO grandmother, who is from croatia. I hope she likes them.

Jane and Sonja

Saturday 9th of January 2021

That's wonderful, I'm certain she will like them.

Mary

Monday 7th of December 2020

My cookies went into the oven looking perfect, nice and round. They cam3 out flat! Any ideas?

Jane and Sonja

Monday 7th of December 2020

Oh no Mary! The key is that the butter needs to bake and not melt. So 1) was the butter cold-ish when you were working with the dough? 2) was your over pre-heated to the right temperature before putting the kiflice in? Jane

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