German Butterhorns

"This is a fabulous old recipe...the pastry has yeast in it yet requires no rising or kneading! This recipe is great for bakers who are not yet experts- These butterhorns are shaped like cresents and are beautiful anytime of the year but are extra special to serve during the holidays. I did see this recipe posted on another sight but not here on zaar. This recipe does take a bit of time but it is sooo worth it!!!! Please note that you need to refrigerate the pastry dough for at least 6hrs (I usually do mine overnight to split the work up:)-I did not include this time in the prep time. Please note that this recipe asks that you roll the dough out on a surface sprinkled with powdered sugar-not flour...please make sure you have enough before hand."
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30 butterhorns




  • Sift together flour, sugar, salt and yeast. Cut in shortening until dough resembles pie dough. Add egg yolks, vanilla and sour cream. Mix with hands until dough forms a ball. Divide into 5 even balls and refrigerate for 6 hrs or overnight.
  • When ready to roll out the dough make the filling by beating the egg whites until stiff. Add sugar and vanilla; beat well. Fold in walnuts.
  • Sprinkle bread board with powdered sugar and roll each ball of dough into a 12 inch circle. Cut each circle into 6 pie shaped pieces. Spread with filling and roll up, starting at the wide end.
  • Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes. Butter horns will be a light golden color when done.
  • At this time in a small sauce pan melt the butter for the glaze, remove from heat and stir in powdered sugar and the almond extract -- add a bit more butter or sugar as needed so that you can dip the tops of the butterhorns in the glaze and place on wax paper to set up.
  • Enjoy!

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