Apple Kiffle Recipe ~ Memories of Autumns Past

apple kiffle

Each fall my mom made this apple kiffle recipe as a special treat for us! Using freshly picked and peeled apples, this recipe uses homemade applesauce as the filling.

bowl of apples for apple kiffle recipe

I have wonderful autumn memories of coming home from school when I was young, and the kitchen smelling like apples. My mom peeled bushels of them to freeze and use all year round.

peeled apple

But you don’t have to wait for autumn to enjoy this treat. Apples from the store anytime of the year can give you the same results!

Ingredients for the Apple Kiffle Recipe…

This recipe uses fresh apples cooked into homemade applesauce. I like to use honeycrisp apples, but any good pie apple will do.

Pie apple, you say? What’s a pie apple? Well…there are several apple varieties that cook up nicely in pies, or cook down well into applesauce. Click here to read about a few…

Gala, McIntosh, Granny Smith, and Pink Lady are a few other yummy types of pie apples.

bowl of applesauce

Our family loves homemade applesauce anytime of the year. It makes such a nice side to a meal of pork chops or kielbasa. This applesauce is also a great snack to enjoy with a slice of cheddar. Yum!!

The crust for these kiffles uses cottage cheese and butter to make them oh-so-flaky and yummy!! By cutting in the flour, it’s a snap to whip this crust together!

cottage cheese and butter in a bowl

A powdered sugar glaze adds another layer of sweetness to this delicious treat!

Making the Applesauce…

Peel, core, and thinly slice 3-4 Honeycrisp or similar apples. Add them to a heavy kettle along with about 1 cup water and cover. Over medium-low heat, let them cook down. Stir frequently and don’t let them scorch.

sliced apples in saucepan

You can remove the cover towards the end to let the most of the water cook out of the sauce. If the applesauce is still very juicy, then you can easily strain it too!

When all cooked down remove from heat. Stir in the cinnamon and sugar. While the applesauce cools, mix the pastry dough.

Mixing the Pastry for the Apple Kiffle Recipe…

I know it sounds weird, but the cottage cheese in this crust gives it such a wonderful, buttery flavor.

mixing butter and cottage cheese for the apple kiffle recipe

Mix the cottage cheese and butter with an electric mixer until it’s all creamy and dreamy.

cutting in the flour

Cut in the flour and salt. Roll it out on a lightly floured surface. Then cut several 5″ squares and place them on an ungreased or parchment lined cookie sheet.

Forming, Baking and Finishing the Apple Kiffles…

Fill the middle of each square with about 2 teaspoons applesauce, making sure it stays in the middle and doesn’t spread to the edges.

Fold the square in half diagonally to form triangles, or in half vertically to form rectangles. Being careful to keep the applesauce inside!!

With a fork, seal the edges. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes. The crust will start to get all lovely golden when they’re finished.

Cool somewhat on a wire rack. Then mix glaze and drizzle it all over these lovely apple kiffles. They are to…die…for…

apple kiffles cooling on rack with frosting


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Mom’s Apple Kiffles

My mom's apple kiffles were a special treat she made for us every fall! Using freshly picked apples from her orchard, she cooked homemade applesauce to fill these little delights! These flaky kiffels go oh-so-well with a cup of coffee or milk. So you might want to double the batch, they'll go fast!!!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Making the Applesauce15 minutes
Total Time50 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Hungarian
Keyword: apple dessert, pastry dessert
Servings: 10
Calories: 278kcal
Cost: servings

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  • 4 Honeycrisp apples, or similar pie apple peeled, cored, and sliced
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 Tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3-4 Tablespoons milt


  • Peel, core, and thinly slice the apples. Put in a saucepan. Add water and cook on medium to low until apples cook down. Stir frequently, and be careful not to scorch. You want to applesauce to be somewhat thick, not runny. It usually takes about 15 minutes or so to cook up the applesauce. Remove from heat and stir in sugar and cinnamon. Set it aside to cool as you make the pastry crust.
  • Beat the cottage cheese and butter with an electric mixer until smooth. Use a pastry cutter to cut in the flour and salt.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll to 1/4" – 1/3" thick. Cut approximately 5" size squares. Keep re-rolling and cutting until all the dough is used.
  • Place pastry dough on ungreased cookie sheet. Put spoonful of applesauce in the center of each square (about 2 teaspoons applesauce). Fold over to form a triangle or rectangle (both are fun to make!). Seal edges with a fork, being sure the applesauce stays inside the middle.
  • Bake at 350° for 20 minutes. Crust will start to turn a lovely golden brown.
  • Remove from pan and cool slightly on wire rack.
  • Mix glaze and drizzle over mostly or fully cooled apple kiffles.
  • Enjoy!!!

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Calories: 278kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 230mg | Potassium: 161mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 144IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 1mg
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