Soft, nutty, delicate mounds of goodness. Lightly rolled in powdered sugar, and ready to eat. Kifflings are super easy to make, and are the perfect cookie for any holiday occasion. Packed with heart healthy walnuts, these classic cookies are a lightly sweet holiday treat that everyone will enjoy.
Welcome back! The countdown to Christmas is officially on. With only 11 days left until the big day, I guess it’s only fitting that life is a bit on the hectic side. This week was probably one of the busiest/craziest for us in a while. Monday morning our painter came and started painting our kitchen! As excited as I am to have it (almost) done, I definitely wasn’t thinking about the ripple effect that it would have on our entire house and family. The boys and I either packed our lunches, or just went out to lunch most days. Thankfully, I was able to use our kitchen at night and in the morning, but still, it made for some interesting challenges. I am so glad we are all surviving, and will soon have a sparkling new kitchen 🙂
Wednesday morning we headed to the doctor for check-ups for all three boys. I am happy to report that they are all healthy, growing and doing very well. William and James were so brave after their shots. (James didn’t even cry!) After their appointment, we went to TCBY to get ice cream for lunch! It’s amazing the power that a cold, sugary treat will have on a child’s attitude towards a shot 🙂 William was deathly afraid of shots last year. However, after I implemented our new house “rule”, that any boy who has to get a shot, can have a special treat for lunch, the fear suddenly disappeared. Definitely a win in my book!
Wednesday afternoon William and I even managed to sneak out for a bit to go to a birthday party for one of his friends at Chuck E. Cheese’s. I haven’t been there since I was little! What fun! William thought it was the best place ever, and loved all of the games and fun! On Thursday, I had a hair appoinmtent, and was supossed to leave the older boys at home, but a last minute change of plans had me dragging all three along. I was SO proud of them! They were such little angels to sit so patiently for my entire 2 1/2 hour appointment! Yes, lunch and lots of treats were given out, but still, what a wonderful afternoon for mommy and her boys!
Yesterday morning we took the boys to see Santa. I just loved seeing their little eyes light up when they sat on his lap. Such a fun time of the year with our little guys!
Here are a few pictures from our week:
It just wouldn’t be Christmas without COOKIES!!! Some for friends, a few for Santa, and TONS for eating! Kifflings have always been a favorite in our house ever since I can remember. The original recipe for these cookies came from Betty Crocker’s Cooky Book. I sure love this cookbook, and the recipe, but it needed a few improvements. After a few simple changes and updates, I am happy to share this great recipe with you!
Put your feet up, grab a tall glass of milk and your plate of Kifflings, and get ready to savor the goodness of these cookies, and the holiday season. The sweet coating of powdered sugar, paired with the richness of the walnuts, makes these simple little treats one of a kind. Be sure to add these Kifflings to the top of your cookie baking list this year!
- 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 pound (2 cups) walnuts, coarsely ground
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, add butter and sugar. Cream together until light and fluffy (for about 2 minutes), scraping down sides of the bowl as needed. Mix in vanilla until incorporated.
- In a medium bowl, add flour, nuts, and salt, and stir together. Slowly add flour mixture to butter mixture and mix together until combined.
- Shape into small balls about 1 1/2 inches (1 1/2 tablespoons) and place 2 inches apart on baking sheet lined with parchment paper or silicone baking mat. Bake for 11-13 minutes until puffy and just set, do not brown. Allow cookies to cool a bit on pan. While cookies are still slightly warm, roll in powdered sugar and then place on wire rack to cool completely.
Incase you missed my recipe for Snickerdoodles last week, you’ll have to check it out! We sure love our Snickerdoodles, but these Kifflings are really something special, too! At Christmas time in our house, we make them both!
Feel free to take a peek at the first version of Kifflings on my old blog!
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