The walnut shaped cookies are a great cookie of my childhood! The oldest of my many aunts (my dad has 5 sisters) used to bake these oreshki cookies at every family event (and boy, they were many!). I used to be crazy about these russian walnut cookies, first of all because any kid loves cookies, right? And then they are simply delicious and so incredibly cute. I used to drool only at the thought of them.
You’ll probably be surprised to hear that what I loved the most about these walnut shaped cookies is the rum flavor which gives them a special, refreshing taste. And because they are baked in a special cookie mold (same as waffles) they are very convenient to make
Add the walnut filling and this walnut shaped cookies recipe becomes a chic, fancy cookie recipe, perfect for a 5 o’clock tea (or coffee in my case). Do you love it when your friends call you the most hospitable host? Then offer them these walnut shaped cookies and you’ll become their cookie goddess/god!
Walnut Shaped Cookies
For the dough:
- 9 oz butter, room temperature
- 21 oz flour, sifted
- 3 large eggs
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 4 tbsp powdered sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt
For the filling:
- 7 oz butter biscuits
- 7 oz walnuts
- 10 fl oz milk
- 1 tbsp rum extract
- 2 oz powdered sugar
- 1 1/2 tbsp powdered cocoa
You will also need:
- hand mixer
- mixing bowl
- food processor
- First make the dough for the shells.
- In a mixing bowl, mix butter and sugar for 2 minutes on low.
- Increase speed and add eggs, one by one mixing well after each.
- Mix salt, baking powder and flour then add to the butter mixture, one tablespoon at a time.
- Take the dough out the mixing bowl and knead for a few minutes. You’ll need to have a soft-ish non sticky dough
- Pre heat the mold on the stove on high heat
- Form balls with your hands and place in the mold
- Close the lid and bake for 2-3 minutes or until the shells are a golden brown. Flip the mold every 30 seconds to ensure even baking.
- When done, gently tap the mold against a working surface to remove the shells.
- To make the filling place the biscuits in a food processor and process until you get fine crumbles. Remove to a bowl
- Repeat for the walnuts and place over the crumbled biscuits.
- Add cocoa powder and sugar.
- Heat the milk then pour over the biscuit mixture, adding small amounts at a time and mixing well.
- Add rum extract and mix well.
- Using a teaspoon, fill the shells with cream then stick the shells together.
- Dust with powdered sugar – optional.