Croatian Recipes: Mama’s Jam Filled Crescents (Kiflice)

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Croatian Recipes: Mama’s Jam Filled Crescents (Kiflice)

These tasty treats bring back fond memories from my childhood. Mama would make Kiflice regularly and my brother and I would hoover them down just as quickly as she could make them. I loved the sweetness from the sugar coupled with the slight tartness of the plum jam filling. These are a delightful little treat and if you are fond of jam you will adore them as I do.

How To Make Kiflice: Ingredients

  • 250 grams softened unsalted butter
  • 1 cup white sugar (or you can add less or more depending on your taste)
  • 3 egg yokes
  • 1  cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence (or 1 packet of vanilla sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 lemon rind
  • 2 tablespoons of rum (optional)
  • 500-gram bag of plain flour
  • jar of plum jam for filling the crescents (or whatever flavor you like)
  • extra flour for  dusting
  • icing sugar for dusting

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How To Make Kiflice: Method

  • Whisk together the eggs, and white sugar for a few mins
  • Add in the butter, rum, vanilla essence, lemon rind, and sour cream and combine well
  • Slowly add in the flour – but NOT ALL AT ONCE. It is best to add the flour 1/2-1 cup at a time and add only as much as you need to form a dough ball. Sometimes you’ll need more, other times less
  • Cover the dough ball with plastic wrap and place into the fridge for at least 30 minutes (don’t leave this for more than a few hours or the dough won’t roll out very well.)
  • Remove from the fridge and separate it into 3 pieces
  • Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius
  • Roll out the first piece of dough, into a thin circle onto a surface which has been dusted with flour
  • Using a pizza slice or knife slice the rounded dough into sections as shown. Each triangle slice needs to be big enough to hold a dollop of jam inside. You can choose how big or small you like them. Just make sure they are all approx the same size so they bake evenly


  • At the wide end of the triangle place between 1/2 – 1 1/2 teaspoons of the plum jam. You need to judge depending on how big you made them,  as you don’t want to overfill them
  • Now roll and shape the crescent. They should look similar to a mini croissant
  • Place on a baking tray lined with baking paper
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes or until light golden in color. They should remain pale and not be brown
  • Transfer to a wire rack and allow to cool.
  • Serve with dusted with icing sugar.

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Comments (10)

  1. My nonna made these ….very big….when my mother started to make them …she made them much smaller…

    She also made them with a walnut..honey….maybe cognac filling…? Can anybody help with that…?

  2. I have just made these but realised I had made them too big. I will roll out smaller circles and then divide into slices next time. They still taste delicious.

    1. You are so welcome! We were doing one a week, but we got lazy… what do you want next? <3

    2. Traditional main Croatian dishes would be good but I’m happy wth any, Its good to try something different, many thanks

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