WALNUT HORNS (aka Rugelach or Kiflis)

Recipe courtesy of Judy's Kitchen (http://judyskitchen.blogspot.com)
Adapted half recipe from Taste of Home Magazine, December/January 2010 
Rating:  10/10


DOUGH:

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, soft

4 oz. cream cheese, soft

1/8 tsp. Diamond kosher salt

1-1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, scooped and leveled


In work bowl of food processor, pulse butter, cheese and salt till well combined.  Gradually add flour, pulsing till combined.  Divide dough into three portions; form into discs; cover each with plastic wrap and refrigerate up to seven days.


FILLING:

2 cups ground walnuts

6 Tbsp. +1/3 cup sugar, divided use

Big pinch of salt

1/4 cup milk

1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract (I used my homemade vanilla extract.)

1 tsp. unsalted butter, melted


In work bowl of food processor, combine walnuts, 6 Tbsp. sugar, salt, milk, vanilla and butter.  Pulse till well combined and walnuts are finely ground. 


ASSEMBLY:

Heat oven to 350F.  Line baking sheets with parchment; spray parchment with nonstick cooking spray.  Roll out each dough disc into 8” circle.  Spread one third of filling over each circle, to 1/2 inch from wide end.  Cut each circle into 12 triangles and roll up, starting from wide end.  Roll each in remaining sugar.  Place, point side down, onto prepared baking sheets.  Curve ends of each cookie to form crescents.  Bake 27-30 minutes, or till very lightly browned.  Transfer cookies to wire rack to cool.  Roll warm cookies in remaining sugar again.

Yield:  36 cookies