Hungarian Nut Horns Recipe

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My mother shared this recipe with me over 30 years ago. Nut horns are especially nice for buffets because they are easy to pick up and eat with your fingers. They also freeze well.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES:96 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES: 96 servings


  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110°-115°)
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups cold butter, cubed
  • 3 egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Confectioners' sugar
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups ground walnuts

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 64 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 44mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in water; set aside. In a large bowl, combine flour and salt; cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add the egg yolks, sour cream, vanilla and yeast mixture. Mix well with hands (dough will not be sticky).
  2. For filling, in a small bowl, beat egg whites on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, on high until stiff peaks form. Beat in vanilla. Fold in walnuts.
  3. Divide dough into eight portions. On a work surface heavily coated with confectioners' sugar, roll one portion into a 12-in. circle. Cut into 12 wedges. Spread 1 teaspoon filling over each wedge; tuck in edges of wide end and roll up toward narrow point. Repeat with remaining dough and filling, adding confectioners' sugar to work surface as needed.
  4. Place on parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 12-14 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks. Yield: 8 dozen.
Originally published as Hungarian Nut Horns in Grandma's Great Desserts Cookbook 1992, p46

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sweetmarie55 User ID: 4285675 15196
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2010

"Love these cookies"

laura80104 User ID: 4595382 18905
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2009

"These are a little time comsuming to make, but sooo worth it!"

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