May 04, 2011

Cuernitos (Little Horns)

I came across this recipe on MyRecipes and couldn't wait to try making them after realizing I had all of the ingredients on hand. To be honest, I thought they were going to turn out like a churro. There was no description to go along with the recipe. I have never even heard of these before now. I also did not know that Cuernitos were referred to as "little horns" until after making them, searching for other Cuernito blogs, and then smacking myself in the forward when I realized that yes! these do resemble little horns.

This is such a simple recipe. You'll end up with a cinnamon sugared dessert (sorta like a crunchy cinnamon roll without the glaze) that would go perfectly with a cup of hot chocolate or coffee. I even thought these would be perfect fresh from the oven with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Itty bitty devoured two of these once they were cooled down enough and made a mess of the cinnamon sugar topping. From the mouth of itty bitty, "Nommy!"

MyRecipes and Southern Living, April 2002
Makes 1 Dozen

Stars of the Show:
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (1/4-ounce) envelope active dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 tablespoon cinnamon
And Action:

Stir together flour, 3/4 cup sugar, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in bowl of a electric stand mixer. Add yeast and next 3 ingredients; beat at low speed with mixer,using dough hook attachment, 1 minute. Increase speed to medium, and beat 1 more minute. Cover dough with wax paper, and let stand 30 minutes.

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and divide into 12 equal portions. Roll each portion to a length of 10 inches, forming a 6-inch base and 2-inch top. Roll up each portion, starting at 6-inch end. Gently shape each portion into a crescent, and place on lightly greased baking sheets.

Combine 2 tablespoons sugar and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon; sprinkle evenly over dough. Cover and let stand in a warm place (85º), free from drafts, 15 minutes.

Bake at 375º for 15 to 18 minutes. Cool on baking sheets on wire racks.


Bo said...

They sound great...I've never heard of them either.

Pretend Chef said...

Bo - They were fantastic fresh out of the oven. They would be even better with a powdered sugar glaze.

Jeanette said...

What a yummy treat for your son! Looks like a crescent roll!

Pretend Chef said...

Jeanette - It tasted like a healthy cinnamon roll with a crunch. They were delicious!

Lizzy said...

YUM...what a lovely treat! Your sweet boy looks delighted with them...he's so cute :)

Pretend Chef said...

Lizzy - Thank you! I love him to pieces. He loved making a mess of the cinnamon sugar.

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