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I told my husband I wanted a Christmas cookie recipe from his side of the family to share with you all for this huge cookie hop Dometically Speaking was hosting (be sure to sift through all the cookies at the very end of this post). Within minutes, he had our Aunt Frannie texting him the ingredients to his grandmother’s “Italian Horn Cookie Recipe”. Man oh man, those Italians don’t mess around. I asked him, “What the heck are Italian Horns?” He said they are little pastries shaped like horns stuffed with sugar & nuts. I said, “Okay, I’m in!” So began, our Italian Horn adventure…

This vintage authentic Italian Horn Cookie Recipe will be your favorite Christmas cookie after you try them!  The dough is soft, fluffy, and filling is sweet!

My family (who’s mostly Polish, Irish, & German) make something similar for Christmas, but they are called pockets, and they are stuffed with preserves. If interested you can find that recipe here: “Apricot Pockets“.

This vintage authentic Italian Horn Cookie Recipe will be your favorite Christmas cookie after you try them!  The dough is soft, fluffy, and filling is sweet!

Where did this recipe come from?

Before I go any further, I must give my husband most of the credit for the cookie baking. He did the majority of the filling work while I stood by helping here & there while I was cooking dinner. He takes his grandmother’s recipes VERY SERIOUSLY and he truly enjoys eating, I mean making them with me ๐Ÿ˜†. I also want to thank Aunt Frannie for texting the recipe to Rick!

This vintage authentic Italian Horn Cookie Recipe will be your favorite Christmas cookie after you try them!  The dough is soft, fluffy, and filling is sweet!

How do they taste?

When the first batch of cookies came out of the oven I couldn’t take it anymore, and I grabbed one right off the cookie sheet without even rolling it in confectionary sugar.

WOW. OH. MY. GOODNESS. I was instantly HOOKED. Why had we never made these before in 25 years of marriage???

This vintage authentic Italian Horn Cookie Recipe will be your favorite Christmas cookie after you try them!  The dough is soft, fluffy, and filling is sweet!

The dough was soft and fluffy, and the filling was sweet, nutty, and oh, so delicious. I actually like these better than the pockets, shh. You did not hear that here.

This vintage authentic Italian Horn Cookie Recipe will be your favorite Christmas cookie after you try them!  The dough is soft, fluffy, and filling is sweet!

The only words that come to mind right now when I see these photos, are:

STOP, DROP, & ROLL. ๐Ÿ˜‚

Seriously, these cookies are my new favorite Christmas cookie. That is a big deal. All you need is a big glass of milk, and a pillow to sleep with after. I hope you try them, and even better, share them with your loved ones.

This vintage authentic Italian Horn Cookie Recipe will be your favorite Christmas cookie after you try them!  The dough is soft, fluffy, and filling is sweet!
This vintage authentic Italian Horn Cookie Recipe will be your favorite Christmas cookie after you try them!  The dough is soft, fluffy, and filling is sweet!
This vintage authentic Italian Horn Cookie Recipe will be your favorite Christmas cookie after you try them!  The dough is soft, fluffy, and filling is sweet!

How do you make Italian Horn Cookies?

Yield: Approximately 30 Cookies

Italian Horn Cookies

Italian Horn Cookies

A soft puff pastry dough filled with a sweet nutty filling rolled into a horn shape and covered in powdered sugar.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • Dough:
  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 yeast packet (3/4 ounce size)
  • 2 sticks butter (not softened)
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • Filling:
  • 16 ounces walnuts chopped finely
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • warm milk

Instructions

  1. Preaheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Pour flour, salt, and yeast into large mixing bowl.
  3. Mix well.
  4. Cut butter into dry ingredients, and then add milk to form dough.
  5. Set dough aside and make filling.
  6. For filling combine finely chopped walnuts, sugar, and a little warm milk until you form a paste.
  7. Roll dough out on floured surface until approximately 1/4 inch thick.
  8. Cut 3 inch circles with a glass.
  9. Spread 1 tablespoon to 1-1/2 tablespoons of filling into center of dough circle.
  10. Roll, and press to seal shaping them into horns.
  11. Place seam side down on non-stick cooking sheet or on parchment paper.
  12. Bake 15 minutes at 350 degrees.
  13. Allow to cool and then roll in confectionary sugar.
  14. Store in refrigerator for 2 weeks in sealed container or freeze (they freeze well).

Nutrition Information

Yield

30

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 249 Total Fat 17g Saturated Fat 5g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 11g Cholesterol 18mg Sodium 75mg Carbohydrates 22g Net Carbohydrates 0g Fiber 2g Sugar 8g Sugar Alcohols 0g Protein 5g
This vintage authentic Italian Horn Cookie Recipe will be your favorite Christmas cookie after you try them!  The dough is soft, fluffy, and filling is sweet!

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This vintage authentic Italian Horn Cookie Recipe will be your favorite Christmas cookie after you try them!  The dough is soft, fluffy, and filling is sweet!
This vintage authentic Italian Horn Cookie Recipe will be your favorite Christmas cookie after you try them!  The dough is soft, fluffy, and filling is sweet!

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33 Responses

  1. These cookies look amazing and I love that it is a family recipe. I am adding this to my โ€œmust tryโ€ Christmas cookie list.

  2. Mary Beth says:

    You always share recipes that I LOVE! These look so good and I have never made them before so I cannot wait to try them.

  3. Oh these look so good! They would be perfect with a cup of tea!

  4. Rebecca says:

    I love anything rolled in confectioner’s sugar…I bet these melt in your mouth! I could definitely indulge in a few of these with a glass of milk followed by a nap ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sharing your family recipe, Julie. I’m so happy to join you this week for the hop!

  5. Meegan says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this decadent Christmas cookie recipe. Family recipes are the BEST! I am excited to add these to my Family Christmas cookie list this year.
    Pinned, for sure!

  6. These look amazing and sound like they’d be perfect with my nightly cup of tea. Love that they are a family recipe.

  7. Sonya says:

    These cookies look like a cookie my grandmother made when I was a kid. I will have to give these a try for a cookie swap we do every year. Thanks for sharing and happy to be on the cookie hop with you.

  8. Maryann says:

    Julie these cookies sound delicious! So pretty for a Christmas cookie too!

  9. Kaycee says:

    Oh excuse me, I seem to have just licked the screen here and now I am drooling a little too! Well I cannot help myself, I am admittedly a “cookie monster”, phew there I said it!!! I think this recipe will make the cut for our traditional family cookie baking weekend! This cookie looks so good for those like my hubby, who like more European style cookies. Thank you for sharing the recipe. Oh geez, looks like I’ve got to dry off my keyboard too, ha ha ha

  10. Carrie says:

    These look so good! I can’t wait to give these a try over the Christmas season. Thanks for sharing a family recipe!

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  12. Jenn says:

    I’ve never heard of these before but they look delicious!! And even sweeter that your husband made them! ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Trish says:

    I love it that your husband helped you with these. The cookies look amazing and there is nothing better than an heirloom family recipe. Thank you for sharing!

    xo Trish

  14. Becky says:

    They look delicious!! My husband is Lebanese and we make alot of his motherโ€™s family recipes! I know how much work goes into them, but the rewards of eating are so worth it!! We have her on video on u tube so that anyone from the family can learn to make them! I love that your husband helps! I have just one question how long do you rise the dough? In some of our recipes it has to double in size. Thanks for the recipe, I will be trying this for sure!

    • Julie says:

      Great idea to put her on a YouTube channel! I bet she could become rich if you monotize it!! Great question that I asked about, too! No rising required for these. I think the yeast just adds a tinge of puffy. You could always try and let the dough sit for a bit though.

  15. ColleenB.~ Tx. says:

    If my hubby is around when I make these, they would never make it into a container. They would be gone in a heart beat. He has to have balance when he walks, which means he has to have 2 in each hand at a time. :}
    Thanks for sharing the recipe

  16. Julie – this recipe is almost exact to my husband’s grandfathers’ recipe, from Bari Italy. We have always been too intimidated to try to make them. Now, we’ll give it go!

  17. Lynne says:

    I’ve never made this type of cookie before, but now I can’t wait to give them a try! I love that this is a family recipe! Thank you for sharing. Pinned!

  18. Oh my. These sound heavenly. I’ve never had them before but will definitely be making them soon. Nothing like a family recipe, is there? Thanks for sharing this treasure!

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