Aunt Betty's Hungarian Nut Roll

This recipe was from my favorite aunt. Our family always looked forward to going to her home, and she would always serve this delicious Hungarian nut roll.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 15 mins
48 rolls


  • 2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast

  • warm water as needed

  • ¾ cup white sugar

  • ½ cup shortening (such as Crisco®)

  • 1 ½ tablespoons shortening (such as Crisco®)

  • ½ cup butter, melted

  • 5 egg yolks

  • 1 egg

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla-butternut flavoring

  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 8 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 cups warm milk

  • 6 egg whites

  • 8 cups chopped pecans

  • ¾ cup white sugar

  • ½ cup honey

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Dissolve yeast in warm water in a bowl according to package instructions. Let stand until yeast softens and begins to form a creamy foam, about 5 minutes.

  2. While yeast softens, combine sugar, 1/2 cup plus 1 1/2 tablespoons shortening, butter, egg yolks, egg, vanilla-butternut flavoring, nutmeg, and salt in a mixing bowl. Beat using an electric mixer until creamy and thoroughly combined.

  3. Combine flour, milk, and yeast mixture in a separate bowl; mix into egg mixture until well combined and a dough forms. Set aside to rise in a warm area until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

  4. Knead risen dough down gently; cut into 4 equal pieces. Set the pieces aside and let rise for an additional 20 minutes.

  5. While rolls rise, beat egg whites using an electric mixer in a mixing bowl until stiff. Add pecans, sugar, honey, and vanilla extract; beat to combine.

  6. Roll out each piece of dough using a lightly floured rolling pin on a lightly floured work surface, to approximately 13x18-inch rectangles, 1/4-inch thick.

  7. Spread pecan mixture approximately 1/4-inch thick onto the dough. Roll up dough, beginning from the side. Place rolls 2 1/2-inches apart on a rimmed baking sheet.

  8. Bake in the preheated oven until golden, about 45 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

Mix yeast according to individual package instructions.

Freezes well to use later.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

303 Calories
20g Fat
29g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 48
Calories 303
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g 25%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 31mg 10%
Sodium 76mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 10%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 33mg 3%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 138mg 3%

* 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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