Lemon Horn Cookies Recipe

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I make this lemon horn cookies recipe every year for Christmas. For me, these cookies have a history. Wonderful memories I love to relive each year.

I talk a lot about living in Germany on this blog. I was 18, and very impressionable when I went there to be a nanny to 4 children. Thankfully, the impression left with me was a tremendously wonderful one. I learned a lot about cooking clean (although, I didn’t know to call it that at the time).

Clean Eating Lemon Holiday Horns Recipe

But what made the biggest impression on me, was the holiday season. Christmas in Germany is so very different from Christmas in America.

The smells of the mulled wine brewing in large, black, cast iron pots on the streets and Christmas music playing everywhere you go. The handmade items for sale are exquisite, and most importantly, there was no commercialism to be found anywhere. Just the pure sense of the holiday. Happiness, family, and a bit of snow to top it off. Wonderful.

On the home front, the whirl wind of baking that ensued the moment the season started was nothing short of miraculous! I’ve never seen such organization in the kitchen. Such planning and care went into each batch of baked goodies. And, to my horror, all of it was stored away for Christmas.

But oh boy did I ever look forward to Christmas that year! I was on sensory overload. The sights, the smells, the sounds, the tastes…. oh, what I wouldn’t give to be there again. It was amazing.

One of the Christmas cookies I learned to make that year is the recipe I will share with you here. A recipe for Lemon Holiday Horns. Scrumptious!

While these are not low-fat by any means, I’d rather eat these than a lot of the junk you can get this time of year. I mean, if I’m going to be “bad”, I’d like to know there’s at least something good about what I’m putting in my body.



Clean Eating Lemon Holiday Horns

Lemon Horn Cookies Recipe

I made this when I lived in Germany. Christmas baking was a big deal over there so these were just one of many cookie recipes we made. But definitely one of my favorites!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: German
Prep Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 24 horns
Calories: 128kcal
Author: The Gracious Pantry


  • ½ cup butter (1 stick – room temperature)
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tbsp. fresh lemon zest
  • 2 ½ cups whole wheat pastry flour (affiliate link)
  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 1 ½ tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg white (to brush on before baking


  • Mix all ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  • Let stand for 1 hour in the fridge.
  • Roll small walnut sized balls of dough into strips that can be shaped into a horn (or horse shoe) shape.
  • Brush with egg white.
  • Bake at 350° F. for 15-17 minutes.
  • Storage: Let these sit in a sealed container over night. The flavors really develop when they are allowed to sit until the next day. They won’t taste like much right out of the oven.


Please note that the nutrition data below is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Serving: 1horn | Calories: 128kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 36mg | Potassium: 51mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 130IU | Vitamin C: 0.8mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 0.7mg

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  1. The conversion link doesn’t work. 🙁

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Kim – Sorry about that! It should work now.

  2. graciouspantry says:

    No, sorry. Just ground almonds. Almond meal.

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