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Hungarian Nut Horns

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
    8 dozen


  • 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 large egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Confectioners' sugar
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups ground walnuts


  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Place on parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 12-14 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 64 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 44mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • Barbara
    Dec 31, 2020

    A total waste of time and money on ingredients. I have looked for years for the right nut horn recipe. This definitely is not it. Sticks like crazy and then too much confectioner sugar is needed. Gag me! I even put a rolling pin sock on because the dough stuck. I am an experienced baker and have made delicious Danish pastries. I make my grandmother’s pierogi recipe. I will never, ever try this recipe again. The nut filling is tasty.

  • sweetmarie55
    Feb 16, 2010

    Love these cookies

  • laura80104
    Nov 19, 2009

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

  • jojakj
    Dec 21, 2007

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