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Walnut Horn Cookies

At our house, it wouldn't be Christmas without these Pennsylvania Dutch cookies, which are known locally as kiffels. —Sharon Allen, Allentown, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. + chilling Bake: 20 min./batch
  • Makes
    about 8 dozen


  • 1 pound butter, softened
  • 11 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 4-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups ground walnuts (about 1 pound)
  • 5-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar, divided
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract


  • In a large bowl, combine butter, cream cheese, egg yolks and flour; beat until smooth. Shape into 1-in. balls; place in a container with waxed paper separating each layer. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • For filling, combine walnuts and 3-3/4 cups sugar (the mixture will be dry). In a small bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks form; fold into nut mixture. Add extracts and a few drops of water if necessary until filling reaches a spreading consistency.
  • Place remaining sugar in a bowl; roll cream cheese balls in sugar until completely covered. Place a few balls at a time between two sheets of waxed paper.
  • Roll balls into 2-1/2-in. circles. Gently spread about 2 teaspoons of filling over each. Roll up; place seam side down on ungreased baking sheets. Curve the ends slightly. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on wire racks.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 237 calories, 15g fat (7g saturated fat), 46mg cholesterol, 103mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.
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  • drjudit
    Dec 12, 2013

    These cookies are "IT" for my family, I have to make it for Christmas. My husband will request these instead of gifts. Yes, they take time to make, but well worth it. I make the dough balls a little bigger, about 1.5 inches in diameter. You do not have to make them a day ahead. However need to chill them a little, so they are easier to work with. I roll them out to about 5" diameter circles, so the walnut filling fits in there just right. As long as the seams are on the cookie sheet and the ends curved in, they won't leak out. They are really good with coffee the next morning, if you have any left over.

  • lindamoo
    Dec 9, 2013

    Great tasting, but so time consuming. Does anyone else have issues with the filling coming out the ends and burning to the pan? Should I be pinching the ends closed? Can I make these in a tassie pan instead?

  • lateshift32
    Jul 30, 2013

    Don't try this unless you are cooking for an army with patience to match. Lots of time and money for a poor result.

  • tjmedellin
    Feb 8, 2011

    Very good! I have been making this since I first got the recipe from TOH years ago. I make it every Christmas. I tend to use less filling and thus I cut the recipe for that in half. One of our favorites.

  • crazyquiltmom
    Dec 25, 2010

    This recipe is very labor intensive but soooo tasty, especially on the 2nd day. The crust is light & flaky; the filling is sweet & flavorful. Perfect for Christmas!

  • mercyangel8
    Dec 9, 2010

    VERY fattening- but OH SO GOOD! Sweet, delicate with a moist, nutty interior. Slightly crisp on the outside. Made half batch to start with and my husband liked them so much they were gone in 2 days! Will make a full batch for Christmas!

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