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Nusskämme (German Hazelnut Combs)

Nusskämme (German Hazelnut Combs)

A recipe for Nusskämme (German Hazelnut Combs)! These puff pastry combs are filled with a sweet hazelnut mixture and baked until golden.
Course Dessert
Cuisine German
Keyword German, Germany, hazelnut, Nusskämme, Oktoberfest, pastries, pastry, rum
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Resting Time: 15 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 9 Nusskämme


  • 10 1/2 ounces (300 grams) puff pastry
  • 2 cups (228 grams) hazelnuts finely chopped
  • 6 tablespoons (80 grams) fine granulated sugar
  • Pinch cinnamon
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 tablespoon rum
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk for brushing

Optional glaze:

  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk


  • Allow the puff pastry to defrost at room temperature until pliable, about 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 445˚F (230˚C). Line two baking sheets with parchment or lightly grease.
  • In a large bowl, combine the hazelnuts, sugar, cinnamon salt, rum, and 1 egg. Divide the filling into 9 equal sections. In a small bowl, beat the egg yolk.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll the puff pastry into a 12x12 inch (30x30 cm) square. Cut the puff pastry into 9 equal squares, each 4x4 inches (10x10 cm). Place a section of filling in the center of a pastry square and form into a strip down the middle, leaving a 1/2 inch border on the two closest edges and about 1 1/2 inches on the other opposite two sides. Brush the edges of one half of the square with beaten egg yolk. Fold the square over, enclosing the nut mixture and sealing the edges. Using a sharp knife, make slits about 1 inch deep and 1/2 inch apart along the long, sealed edge. Gently pull the pastry side opposite the slits into a slight horseshoe shape to separate the slits, pulling apart any that are sticking together, to form a comb. Transfer the pastry to the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining puff pastry and filling. Brush the tops with the remaining egg yolk and allow to rest for 15 minutes.
  • Bake in preheated oven until golden brown, 15-20 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and allow to cool.
  • If desired, whisk together the powdered sugar and milk. Drizzle over the tops of the Nusskämme or dip the tops in the glaze to coat in a single layer.