Simple Walnut Cookies with Dulce de leche (Oreshki)


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.

I am so excited I get to share one of my absolute 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 decades ago. 

I am talking about Oreshki.

What Are Oreshki?

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? A cookie that holds its form but is melt-in-your-mouth soft. The filling is dulce de leche. The combination of both is just out-of-this-world amazing, you guys! 

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!

Whether you’re a fan of shortbread, caramel, or both, this cookie will soon become a favorite.

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

What do I need to make this recipe?


How to make Walnut Cookies:

  • Melt unsalted butter in the microwave or on the stove. It’s about 30 seconds in the microwave
  • In a bowl whisk together 3 eggs and 1 cup of sugar
  • Whisk in melted butter
  • In a separate small dish  juice half a lemon and 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, it will foam quickly; add into the bowl with eggs and sugar
  • Add 1 cup of flour and 1 cup of corn starch to the bowl, with a spoon mix everything together well.  The dough should not be runny


  • Heat up the nut maker
  • In each little half nut put in 1/4 of a teaspoon of the dough, and close the machine


  • It will take about a minute, open up and take them out on to a cutting board or counter quickly, if you put too much dough in, you could cut off the extra dough on the nut halves 


  •  Gather halves in a bowl until you have finished all the dough.


  • Time to fill them up! With the caramel filling (dulce de leche)  that boiled up ahead of time and cooled, fill in the nut halves


  • Put two halves together, and you get a yummy sweet nut.
  • Enjoy these Sweet Nuts with Dulce de Leche!



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Equipment I Used

Walnut Cookies with Dulce de leche Oreshki

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!
Total Time 2 hrs
Course Dessert
Cuisine Russian
Servings 25
Calories 142 kcal


  • small bowl
  • whisk
  • Mixing bowl
  • Nut maker
  • Cutting board
  • Knife
  • measuring spoons
  • Spoon


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


  • 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.
    Walnut Cookies with Dulce de leche Oreshki
  • Heat up the nut maker and once ready, place ¼ teaspoon of the dough and close the machine.
    Walnut Cookies with Dulce de leche Oreshki
  • 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.
    Walnut Cookies with Dulce de leche Oreshki
  • Place the cooled nut half into a bowl as you finish the rest of the batter.
    Walnut Cookies with Dulce de leche Oreshki
  • Fill each nut with the cooked dulce de leche and bring two halfs together to make a whole.
    Walnut Cookies with Dulce de leche Oreshki
  • Enjoy!
    Walnut Cookies with Dulce de leche Oreshki


Dulce de Leche- Homemade Caramel
  • You will need 1 can sweetened condensed milk.
  • Place a can of sweetened condensed milk into a large pot and fill with water so the can is completely covered.
  • Boil on medium heat for exactly 2 hours. Add more water through out the process if it’s not covering the can.
  • After 2 hours, take the can out and allow it to cool for a few hours on the countertop or in the fridge.


Nutrition Facts
Walnut Cookies with Dulce de Leche (Oreshki)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 142 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 39mg13%
Sodium 34mg1%
Potassium 18mg1%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 256IU5%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 6mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword butter, cookies, corn starch, dessert, dulce de leche, eggs, flour, lemon, lemon juice, russian dessert, sweet, walnut
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