Oreshki are at the center of some of my favorite childhood memories. They are crumbly and buttery, with a rich creamy filling. Trust me, there is nothing better.

a bowl of Russian walnut cookies

What Are Oreshki?

Oreshki are walnut-shaped Russian cookies that are filled with dulce de leche. They always come out during the holidays and are the perfect addition to any holiday cookie tray. We love to pair them with coffee or tea.

To make Oreshki, you will need to purchase a special mold. You can easily find many different molds online and it allows you to make these cookies with ease.

They go back all the way to days of the Soviet Union. Although absolutely delicious, they were born out of a need for people to make due with very little ingredients or resources. Now, the tables have turned and these cookies are served during special occasions and are often the star of the dessert tray.

How To Make Walnut Cookies

With the right mold, this cookies are an absolute cinch to make. Follow the below instructions for perfect oreshki:

  • Mix together flour and sugar.
  • Incorporate butter and margarine until smooth.
  • Make a hole in the center of your flour mixture. Add eggs, mayo and baking powder into it.
  • Using your handheld mixer, beat until the dough is combined, soft and a little sticky.
  • Place small pieces of dough inside each metal form of an oreshki shell mold. When using a stovetop, cook until golden brown. Flip the pan over and cook the other side. Each side can take 1½ to 3 minutes.
  • Let the cookies cool. Then, break off the excess dough that seeped out of the molds and cooked to the inside of the pan.
  • Fill each mold with dulce de leche. Then, place another mold on top to make an acorn shape.

Filling Options for Oreshki

You can really get creative with a filling for oreshki. While the cookie is wonderful plain, here are a couple ways to mix things up:

  • Dulce De Leche – This is the most common filling that goes back to the days of the 90s!
  • Dulce De Leche with Cookie Crumbs – When you cut off those unperfect edges, you can crumble them and mix them into dulce de leche.
  • Nut in the Center – Fill with dulce the leche, but add a nut in the center as a crunchy surprise. It’s so good!
  • Nutella – This is a bit of an unexpected filling. We didn’t use it growing up, but I am sure we would have, have we had access to Nutella.

Storing Oreshki

Room temperature: You can make oreshki weeks in advance and store them in an airtight container. They will stay fresh and are the perfect treat to have on hand when you need a dessert in a pinch.

Refrigerate or Freeze: To make your oreshki last even longer, you can store them in the fridge or freezer. Refrigerated oreshki will keep up to a month and frozen oreshki can be stored for months in an airtight container.

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Natalya founded Momsdish to demonstrate that placing a homemade meal on the table is not hard at all. Natalya makes cooking easier and approachable, by simplifying the ingredients, while still producing the same great taste.