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Hungarian Walnut Cookies


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3-1/2 cups ground walnuts
  • Confectioners' sugar


  • 1. In a large bowl, cream butter and cream cheese until blended. Gradually beat flour into creamed mixture. Divide dough into three portions. Shape each into a disk; wrap in plastic. Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm enough to roll.
  • 2. Preheat oven to 375°. For filling, in a small bowl, beat egg whites and vanilla on medium speed until foamy. Gradually add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating on medium after each addition until well blended. Stir in walnuts.
  • 3. Generously coat a work surface with confectioners' sugar. Roll one portion of dough into a 12-in. square about 1/8 in. thick, sprinkling with additional confectioners' sugar as necessary to coat well. Cut into sixteen 3-in. squares.
  • 4. Shape 2 teaspoons filling into a small log about 2 in. long. Place diagonally onto a square. Overlap opposite corners of dough over filling; pinch tightly to seal. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Repeat with remaining dough and filling.
  • 5. Bake until bottoms are golden brown, 9-11 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Dust with confectioners’ sugar.
  • 6. To Make Ahead: Dough can be made 2 days in advance. Wrap in plastic and place in a resealable bag. Store in the refrigerator.
  • 7. Freeze option: Freeze cookies in freezer containers. To use, thaw before serving. If desired, dust with additional confectioners' sugar.

Nutrition Facts

1 cookie: 129 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 49mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.


Average Rating:
  • Judith
    Dec 22, 2018
    I was looking to replicate my late mother-in-law’s Hungarian nut cookie. After trying several recipes without success, I found this recipe! It tastes just like hers! I made no adjustments. 3-1/2 cups of chopped nuts was about a 16oz can of walnut pieces and i had exactly enough. I used a ruler to make the 3” squares and that made a uniform appearance for each cookie. Thank you for posting this recipe. My husband is very very happy now that I can make his fav cookie.
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