Kiffels: Pennsylvani Dutch Cookies
These are actually Pennsylvania Dutch Cookies. Here is a bit about them the Pennsylvanian Dutch and the Amish.
Who are the Amish? Are they the same as the Pennsylvania Dutch?
The Amish are a religious group who live in settlements in
Although Lancaster Amish are Pennsylvania Dutch, all Pennsylvania Dutch are not Amish. The Pennsylvania Dutch are natives of Central Pennsylvania, particularly Lancaster and its surrounding counties. Unlike the Amish, they are not all one religion. Instead, their common bond is a mainly German background (Pennsylvania Dutch is actually Pennsylvania Deutsch, or German). They also have Welsh, English, Scottish, Swiss, and French ancestry.
Also known as walnut horn cookies.
1 pound butter (no substitutes), softened
4 cups ground walnuts (about 1 pound)
In a mixing bowl, combine butter, cream cheese, egg yolks and flour; beat until smooth. Shape into 1-inch balls; place in a container with waxed paper separating each layer. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
FOR THE FILLING, combine walnuts and 3 ¾ cups sugar (the mixture will be dry). In a small mixing bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks form; fold into nut mixture. Add extracts and a few drops of water if necessary until filling reaches a spreading consistency.
Place remaining sugar in a bowl; roll cream cheese balls in sugar until completely covered. Place a few balls at a time between two sheets of waxed paper. Roll balls into 2 1/2 inch circles. Gently spread about 2 teaspoons of filling over each. Roll up; place seam side down on ungreased baking sheets. Curve the ends slightly. Bake at 350 F. for 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on wire racks. Yield:
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