Cuernos de Nuez (Almond Horn)… kind of Mexican shortbread

Anyone here Mexican? Latin American for that matter? Anyone knows “El Chavo del Ocho”? I am a big, very big fan of the show! In one of the episodes, Professor Jirafales is going to Dona Florinda’s house and she bakes him Cuernos de Nuez. In Latin America, both spanish and portuguese alike, cuerno (spanish) or corno (portuguese) is the slang for a man that has been cheated on. Maybe you can imagine how the episode went. He thought that she had another boyfriend etc etc, but she was actually baking the cuernos… as the episodes usually went, Chavo ate everything. Hehehhe.. can’t help but smile as I write this!

Since I took up baking, I decided to revive that episode and try to find a recipe for that… which showed not to be an easy task, as they varied so much! So I decided to come up with a concoction, picking the ingredients I thought were right… here they are!


  • 280g of plain flour;
  • 100g of ground almonds;
  • 200g of butter;
  • 50g of caster sugar;
  • Some extra sugar for dusting.


  • Mix all the ingredients in a bowl;
  • Mix with your hand until the dough is homogeneous;
  • Bring the dough to the fridge for 30 minutes;
  • Shape small portions however you want (in the shape of horns, perhaps?);
  • Bake in a pre-heated over at 200C/Mark 6 for around 15 minutes;
  • Remove from the oven and, while still warm, dust with some caster sugar…

Well, now it’s time to enjoy some mexican cuernos… is that weird to say?? hehehe! Enjoy!

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