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Nut Horns

Nut Horns

Nut Horns

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Nut Horns
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Course: Filled Cookies, Rolled CookiesDifficulty: Medium



A yeast dough filled with a sweet nut mixture and rolled into mini crescents.


  • For the dough:
  • 4 cups all purpose flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 1-1/2 cup butter

  • 3 large egg yolks

  • 1 cup sour cream

  • 1 package dry yeast

  • For the filling:
  • 3 large egg whites

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 2 cups ground nuts (walnuts are traditional, but you can use your favorite nuts)

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • Optional garnishes:
  • additional granulated sugar (pictured)

  • additional powdered sugar


  • Make the dough:
  • Sift flour, and salt. Sprinkle yeast over flour. Cut in margarine. Make a well and pour in beaten egg yolks, sour cream and vanilla. Knead until smooth. Refrigerate at least one hour.
  • Make the filling:
  • For filling, beat egg whites until stiff. Fold in sugar, nuts, and vanilla. Set aside.
  • Assemble and bake:
  • Preheat oven to 375F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Remove dough from refrigerator, form into ball, and flatten until it resembles a thick round pizza crust. Cut into 8 triangles (or, 8 slices of “pizza”). Roll each triangle into the size of a round 10 inch pie crust; cut into 8 triangles. Place 1/2 to 1 teaspoon filling at wide end, and roll into crescents, pinching ends under. If desired, roll each cookie in additional granulated sugar (pictured). Bake for 15-18 minutes. If you did not roll the cookies in granulated sugar, you can sift powdered sugar over them while warm.




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the best cookie and its cheaper to make them then to buy them in the store.
- A Baker

awesome but you have to roll them in sugar before you bake.
- diane in ohio

My husband grew up on nut horns and I lost his mother's recipe. I tried this one yesterday and before the second batch was out of the oven he had the first batch almost completely gone with the help of a couple of our boys who "don't like nuts in anything".This afternoon I saw where there was only 1/2 dozen left. He told me I could make them once a week and he would be happy. I will happily use this recipe again and again. It was a huge hit in our house.
- A Baker

These cookies are delicious! I also sprinkled with powdered sugar as they cooled.
- Jill in Erie, PA

Thank you so much for this recipe! It is an instant family favorite. I can't wait to serve it at my Christmas party. I have been trying to find a good recipe with no hope for years. My mom grew up on these and I wanted to make them for her. She actually moaned when she tasted them. Thank you for that, it felt good to give her a little back.
- a very happy baker in pa

These were the best we made for Christmas! My husband loved them! He helped me bake them and he ate them all! Not really. But they were a hit!Always wanted this recipe!
- A Baker

This recipe has been a tradition with my family for generations. They are delicious! We sprinkle them with powdered sugar while they cool.
- A Baker

This cookie was a hit at last years office cookie exchange. I am making them again this year by request! I add raisins to mine. Everyone loves them, including me.
- Patti in Mt.Laurel NJ

This recipe is fantastic! The dough has a very good taste, and is incredibly flaky and light. I've tried many, many similar-type recipes for nut horns, but none were this delicious. Definately a keeper! I'll keep this recipe in the family files for very special occasions. The nut filling is also terrific!
- A Baker
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