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Walnut Horn Cookies Recipe

Walnut Horn Cookies Recipe

At our house, it wouldn't be Christmas without these Pennsylvania Dutch cookies that are known locally as "kiffels". We have two children, 16 and 9. -Sharon Allen, Allentown, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. + chilling Bake: 20 min./batch YIELD:48 servings


  • 1 pound butter, softened
  • 2 packages (one 8 ounces, one 3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 4-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups ground walnuts (about 1 pound)
  • 5-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar, divided
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. 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.
  • 4. 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. Yield: about 8 dozen.

Nutritional 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 User ID: 7535833 24126
Reviewed 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 User ID: 3296295 18757
Reviewed 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 User ID: 7344374 24857
Reviewed 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 User ID: 1937314 69373
Reviewed 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."

[email protected] User ID: 3209668 18755
Reviewed 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 User ID: 3214659 69370
Reviewed 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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