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Simple Walnut Cookies with Dulce de Leche (Oreshki)

Walnut cookies are the perfect little dessert to bring to parties and it's filled with the easiest filling to make!
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These traditional Russian cookies feature a soft cookie shell and an irresistible dulce de leche filling, all packaged in a beautiful walnut shape to make your holidays a bit more special!

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For a long time now I’ve been looking forward to this day. I am so excited I get to share one of my favorite recipes with you today! This recipe is one that I have loved since I was a little girl. Sometimes, we outgrow the things we once loved in our childhood – but that’s not the case here. I am just as obsessed with this recipe now as I was in my childhood memories. Cookie wells filled with the tastiest traditional filling has my mouth watering.

I am talking about Oreshki cookies.

A delicious homemade dessert, oreshki make a great holiday treat, one that’s enjoyed by the whole family. New neighbors? They make a lovely food gift. The tender dough is shaped like walnut shells and is filled with only the best filling. Am I spoiling the surprise?

What Are Oreshki?

An iconic Russian treat, oreshki are favorite traditional cookies that are liked by young and old alike. They’re usually seen around the holidays and make any gathering just a little bit sweeter. Oreshki consists of two different components – the cookie part and the filling part.

The cookie is very similar to a shortbread cookie recipe. It’s made from eggs, butter, sugar, flour, baking soda, corn starch, and lemon. The end result? Sweet cookies that hold their form but are melt-in-your-mouth soft. The filling is dulce de leche. The combination of both is just out-of-this-world amazing, you guys!

There’s already so much to love with these cookies!

But I haven’t even told you the best part. The cookies are shaped like walnuts. They are absolutely adorable and stir up a lot of fun. If you’re looking for a new winter cookie to share with friends and family, this is the one! You’ll need a special mold to make the cookie shells, and then my homemade dulce de leche recipe to put together the center filling. The simple ingredients here make a treat that’s perfect for special occasions and holiday parties.

Why are they called oreshki?

When filling the halves with the dulce de leche cream, you’ll notice that the shells each look like a small bowl. Just like the nuts, these oreshki take after the entire walnut shape. That’s why we call them “walnuts” in Russian! Perfect oreshki are not hard to make. This is one of the best cookie recipes that I have and I’m so happy to be sharing it with you.

Whether you’re a fan of shortbread, caramel, or both, this cookie will soon become a favorite. If it’s your first time making it, don’t stress too much, the final product will be delicious and perfect. If there’s excess dough or filling, you can scrape it off or cut it off. The texture of the cookie crumbs makes it easy for the excess to be removed with a small paring knife.

To make oreshki, you might need some special equipment:

An oreshki mold is not hard to come by, but there’s many different cookie mold options out there. Sometimes they’re in an oreshki skillet form, or as an oven mold. Whether you buy an oreshki griddle or a pan, you can make these traditional crisp cookies easily at home!

I hope you try this and enjoy this oreshki recipe just as much as I do!

What do I need to make this recipe?

  • eggs
  • sugar
  • butter
  • baking soda
  • flour
  • half a lemon
  • corn starch

Dulce de Leche Recipe for Dulce de Leche (homemade caramel)

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Simple Walnut Cookies with Dulce de Leche (Oreshki)

Walnut cookies are the perfect little dessert to bring to parties and it's filled with the easiest filling to make!
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Course: Desserts
Cuisine: Russian
Allergy: Vegetarian
Total Time: 2 hours
Servings: 25
Calories: 141kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 16 Tbsp unsalted butter, 1 cup
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • 1 cup all purpose flour, unbleached
  • 1 cup corn starch
  • 1 can dulce de leche, cooked

Instructions

  • Melt unsalted butter in the microwave or on the stove.
  • In a bowl, whisk together 3 eggs and 1 cup sugar.
  • Whisk in melted butter.
  • In a separate small dish, juice half a lemon and add ½ teaspoon baking soda. Let it foam then add into the bowl with eggs and sugar.
  • Add 1 cup flour and 1 cup corn starch to the bowl. Mix everything with a spoon until well combined. The dough should not be super runny.
  • Heat up the nut maker and once ready, place ¼ teaspoon of the dough and close the machine.
  • It will take about a minute for them to cook and be golden. Once finished, take each nut out and pace on a cutting board or counter for quick cooling. If there is too much dough around the walnuts, cut off the extra.
  • Place the cooled nut half into a bowl as you finish the rest of the batter.
  • Fill each nut with the cooked dulce de leche and bring two halfs together to make a whole.
  • Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 141kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 39mg | Sodium: 31mg | Potassium: 18mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 253IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg

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