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?
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup of sugar
- 16Tbsp butter (2 cups)
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 cup flour, unbleached all-purpose
- half a lemon
- 1 cup of corn starch
- 1 can of Dulce de Leche Recipe for Dulce de Leche (homemade caramel)
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)
- small bowl
- Mixing bowl
- Nut maker
- Cutting board
- measuring spoons
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.