mrs. donato's nut hornsThursday, December 08, 2016
Her name was Olga Donato. Mrs. Donato, to me. Mrs. Donato took care of everything inside the house. While Mr. Donato took care of everything outside. They liked chachkies and had them inside as well as outside. I loved going to their home. It was like a museum to me. Occationally they would have us for pasta dinner. Her sauce was absolutely incredible. We would sit in their tidy dining room with the shiny, antique dining table. I wouldn't talk much. Not because I was shy, (because I was!) but because the sights and smells where just too good.
Mrs. Donato made Nuthorns every year at Christmas time. She kept them in a tin with foil. I loved visiting her. She would hand me a paper napkin with two cookies wrapped inside. I would sit with the napkin over my lap getting powdered sugar on my pants. She would send me outside to brush the powdered sugar from my legs.
My mother emailed me Olga Donato's Nut Horn Recipe in 2002. I'm so happy I printed it and saved it. I just love how my mother wished me luck!
Mrs. Donato's Nut Horns:
8 oz cream cheese :: 1/2 pound of butter :: 2 egg yolks :: 2 1/2 cups flour :: 1/4 cup sugar
Combine all ingredients. Separate dough into 4 balls. Wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour. Sprinkle powdered sugar and roll out dough into a circle. Slice circle into 12 triangles. Spoon Nut filling (below) onto long end. Roll. Place on cookie sheet, fold side down. Bake 350° for 12 minutes. Sprinkle or roll in powdered sugar before cool.
1 pound chopped walnuts :: 1 cup sugar :: 2 egg whites
Beat egg whites until stiff. Add sugar. Fold in nuts.
Thank you so much, Mrs. Donato. For all you did for me.