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Kossuth (Ko-shoot) Kipfel

by Rose Mary Keller Hughes, 13 Jan 2007

These cookies (sponge-cake texture) are named after the revered Hungarian leader Lajos Kossuth.  When I asked my mother why the cookies had such a funny name, she told me they were named after a famous Hungarian general.  So, I assume grandmother learned the recipe from Hungarian neighbors.

I always assumed the name started with a G, but when we visited the Arad market, I spied Kossuth Cigarettes!  I asked my cousin if that name was the same as the kipfel our family so loved.  He was pleased I knew the pastry and confirmed that, indeed, it was the same name and named after the same person.  Our family (and non-DS friends) always looked forward to the “Moon Cookies” at Christmas.  They used a lot of eggs and that is probably why the baking of them was limited to Christmas.  Why did we call them moons?  Because Mom and Grandma cut them in the shape of crescent moons using half of a round cookie cutter. 

  • Blend together: 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon butter or lard and 2 1/8 cups sugar

  • Add: 2 whole eggs, 2 lemons both inside and out (the juice and the grated rind)

  • Beat the above ingredients well

  • Add: 8 egg yolks; beat well

  • Spoon in 3 cups sifted flour with ˝ teaspoon baking powder.  Beat.

  • Fold in: 8 egg whites which have been beaten stiff but not dry (I always worried about this step).

  • Line a 12 x 17 x 2 ˝” greased pan with wax paper and pour batter in.

  • Bake for about 30 minutes or until golden brown in a 350° oven. 

  • Invert the pan and take immediately out of pan and place on a board (Mom had a large baking board; I use my board counter top). 

  • Cut with half of a circle (resulting in a crescent moon) and roll in confectionary sugar. 


They freeze well.  Beautifully moist and lemony.

[Published at DVHH by Jody McKim Pharr, 13 Jan 2007]



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