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Hungarian Nut Crescents


This legacy from my Hungarian grandmother links my children to their Old World heritage in a most pleasing way! No one can eat only one of these rich little crescents.













Trans-fat Free, High Fiber


1 cup butter
1 cup vegetable shortening
6 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons yeast, active dry
1 pint sour cream
3 each egg yolks
1 pinch salt
½ pound walnuts
1 ¼ cups sugar
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 each egg whites
stiffly beaten
Egg wash
1 each egg yolks
1 x water
few drops
1 x sugar
for the pastry board


In a bowl, cut the butter and shortening into the flour until the mixture is crumbly.

In a separate bowl, mix the yeast into sour cream, then add egg yolks and salt. Combine with the flour mixture.

Mix until smooth and the sides of the bowl are clean.

Form into a large ball and chill, covered, overnight.

To make filling, mix walnuts, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla and stiffly beaten egg whites together in a bowl.

To make egg wash mix egg yolk and few drops of water in a small bowl.

Preheat oven to 350?. Sprinkle granulated sugar onto a pastry board.

Divide the dough into six portions. Work with one portion at a time, refrigerating the dough you are not using. Roll out the dough to ⅛ inch thick and sprinkle with more sugar. Cut into 2 x 2-inch squares.

Place a bit of the nut filling along one end of the square and roll up.

Form into a crescent. Place seam side down on a greased cookie sheet.

Paint with egg wash. Bake at 350? for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on wire racks.

Yield: 10 dozen .

Note: Make sure you let the dough chill overnight to make it easy to work with. You may want to cut recipe in half for a smaller yield.


* not incl. in nutrient facts

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 379g (13.4 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 173043% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 82g 126%
Saturated Fat 31g 157%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 122mg 41%
Sodium 335mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 73g 73%
Dietary Fiber 10g 42%
Sugars g
Protein 73g
Vitamin A 29% Vitamin C 2%
Calcium 8% Iron 66%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?


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