Mom's Nut Horns


This is an old family recipe. We make them every Christmas and there are never enough. The dough is easy to work with and they are easy to make!

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
8 hrs 50 mins
48 small cookies



  • ½ pound butter

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • ¾ cup sour cream

  • 1 egg yolk


  • ¾ cup finely ground walnuts

  • ¾ cup white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Cut butter into flour in a bowl using 2 knives or a pastry blender until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add sour cream and egg yolk; mix well. Shape the dough into a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate, 8 hours to overnight.

  2. Combine walnuts, sugar, and cinnamon in a small bowl.

  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease 2 baking sheets.

  4. Cut dough into 4 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a 1/8-inch thick circle on a lightly floured surface. Spread 1/4 of the walnut mixture on each circle; cut each circle into 12 wedge-shaped pieces with a pizza wheel.

  5. Shape each piece of dough into a crescent by rolling dough from the wide end of the wedge into the center. Transfer cookies carefully to the baking sheets.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until golden, 20 to 25 minutes. Watch cookies carefully as they bake; their bottoms tend to brown faster than their tops.

Cook's Notes:

The cookie dough stores and freezes well.

As you roll up each cookie, some of the walnut mixture will fall out. We scrape this up and add it to the remaining nut mixture.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

172 Calories
12g Fat
15g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 172
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 6g 31%
Cholesterol 32mg 11%
Sodium 59mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 18mg 1%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 41mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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