Mandulás kifli – Almond crescents

by | Jul 5, 2019 | Breads, buns & biscuits

Most of the time the best cookies are the ones that are made with simple ingredients. Turn to this almond cookie recipe when you want something quick and easy.

Almond crescent (or vanilla crescent as it’s often called in Hungary) was an emblematical cookie of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy that used to be made for Christmas. The cookie’s half moon shape symbolized the Hungarian victory over the Turks.

Today these cookies are made for any occasion throughout the year, not only for Christmas. Instead of almond you can use walnut or roasted hazelnuts. The crescents are usually rolled in vanilla sugar, but dipping the ends of the crescents into dark chocolate is also a popular decorating technique.

Almond crescents - Mandulás kifli
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Hungarian cottage cheese

This is what Hungarian túró looks like

You often ask me what kind of cottage cheese (or curd cheese or farmer's cheese - call it what you want) I use in the recipes. In Hungary the store-bought cottage cheese is dry and crumbly as you can see in the picture. So if a recipe calls for túró, I mean this type. If you can't obtain túró, you can try to make your own from whole milk. Click on the link below.

Metric system vs cup

In Hungary metric units are in use, all the recipes on this website are based on this system, so a kitchen scale is necessary. Since I’m not familiar with cup as a measurement unit, I convert grams to cups by using an online converter. The values in brackets, therefore, are only approximate volumes, so, please, double-check them before you start cooking.

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