Walnut Crescent Cookies from Pozsony

Pozsony Kipfli

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Kaffeehaus: Exquisite Desserts from the Classic Cafes of Vienna, Budapest, and Prague


By Rick Rodgers

Published 2002

  • About

When I was writing this book, I often heard, “I hope you have a recipe for Pozsony Kipfli!” which are a favorite Christmas cookie. Pozsony, originally on the Hungarian side of the Austrian border, was called Pressburg in Germany and Austria, and today it is known as Bratislava and is the capital of Slovakia. The local walnut-filled crescents were so wonderful that they took on the city’s name (in Vienna, they’re known as Pressburger Kipfeln). They can be made as large as regular croissants, but this bite-size version, reminiscent of rugelach cookies, is equally popular. Thanks to Sarabeth Levine, owner of Sara-beth’s Bakery in Manhattan, for sharing her recipe, an heirloom from her former mother-in-law, a formidable Hungarian baker.