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Oreshki are walnut shaped cookies filled with a dulce de leche filling, creating one of the most admired Russian cookies! The good news is you don’t need to stand over a gas stove to make these anymore.

Oreshki Mold for walnut cookies:

You can purchase an oven mold for these cookies through nakkitchen.com. This oven mold holds 40 shells at one time making the cookie process much easier, where-as the stove top version holds about 12 shells at a time.

My friend who tried many oreshki recipes wrote “oreshki perfect” on her handwritten recipe. If I can explain the texture of these cookies I would say their firm to their shape yet tend to be on the flaky side, kind of like a butter cookie. I’m assuming the mayonnaise and cornstarch really contribute to that effect. This recipe makes 126 shells (63 whole cookies) and can be filled to your creativity.

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Ingredients for Oreshki:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 6 1/2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

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Ingredients for the Filling:

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How to make oreshki cookies: 

  1. Make the filling first, as it needs time to set; beat together the filling ingredients and refrigerate until needed.

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2. In a medium bowl beat the eggs and sugar until pale and frothy; set aside.

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3. In a separate small bowl beat the butter until smooth then add the mayonnaise and mix to combine. Set aside.

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4. Dissolve the vinegar with baking soda and set aside.

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5. Sift together the flour and cornstarch into a large bowl. Add the egg mixture, butter mixture and soda mixture and beat everything together until a soft dough forms.

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6. Cover and refrigerate dough for at least 1 hour before handling.

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7. Once dough is cold enough to work with; scoop out 1 teaspoon full of dough into each oreshki mold.

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8. Lightly mold in the dough into the cookie iron.

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9. Cover mold with the lid and bake in a preheated 375 degree F oven for 30-35 min or until golden.

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10. Invert cookies onto a tray and continue to work with remaining dough chilling the dough in-between the handling. Cool cookies completely before filling.

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11. To assemble oreshki; fill each cookie half with the filling mixture and combine the cookie halves to form a walnut shape cookie.

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12. Refrigerate shells and serve cold at all times. Enjoy!

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Oreshki Recipe (Russian Walnut Cookies)

Prep Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 63 whole cookies
Author: Alyona's Cooking
Oreshki are walnut shaped cookies filled with a dulce de leche filling, creating one of the most admired Russian cookies! The good news is you don't need to stand over a gas stove to make these anymore.

Ingredients

  • ORESHKI:
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 stick unsalted butter softened
  • 6 1/2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • FILLING:
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter softened
  • 1 14oz can dulce de leche
  • 1 tsp sour cream

Instructions

  • Make the filling first, as it needs time to set; beat together the filling ingredients and refrigerate until needed.
  • TO MAKE ORESHKI: In a medium bowl beat the eggs and sugar until pale and frothy; set aside.
  • In a separate small bowl beat the butter until smooth then add the mayonnaise and mix to combine. Set aside.
  • Dissolve the vinegar with baking soda and set aside.
  • Sift together the flour and cornstarch into a large bowl. Add the egg mixture, butter mixture and soda mixture and beat everything together until a soft dough forms.
  • Cover and refrigerate dough for at least 1 hour before handling.
  • Once dough is cold enough to work with; scoop out 1 teaspoon full of dough into each oreshki mold.
  • Lightly mold in the dough into the cookie iron.
  • Cover mold with the lid and bake in a preheated 375 degree F oven for 30-35 min or until golden.
  • Invert cookies onto a tray and continue to work with remaining dough chilling the dough in-between the handling. Cool cookies completely before filling.
  • TO ASSEMBLE ORESHKI: Fill each cookie half with the filling mixture and combine the cookie halves to form a walnut shape cookie.
  • Refrigerate shells and serve cold at all times. Enjoy!

Now if you don’t own an “oreshki” mold but would like a crunchy kind of dessert, check out our Cream Filled Pizzelles Recipe. (I like to beat the eggs with sugar until it becomes very thick asI think the batter comes out very crunchy this way.) I was gifted the pizzelle maker that makes “trubochki”, but if you think you would get much use from it, a pizzelle maker could be something to look into.

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41 comments

    • Ira

    Hi Alyona
    Mmm these are my favorite! I want to try your recipe. What can I substitute for the Mayo? I don’t like to use Mayo since it has unhealthy fats. Avocado Mayo or sour cream?
    Thank you
    Ira

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Hi Ira, you can try avocado mayo.

    • Abeda Hamid

    Where can i get a tray for the oreshki?
    Thank you

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Hi Abeda, the oreshki mold was purchased at nakkitchen.com. I ordered mine through the email they have on their website. I used to see them on ebay but not sure if they have them there anymore.

    • KB

    My cookies are NOT slipping right out, they are hopelessly stuck!! ?? What am I doing wrong?!

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Hi KB, What mold are you using? Are you sure you added all the right amounts and ingredients in? Your dough should be easily moldable otherwise if its too sticky or tough the shells may not turn out. The mold also plays an important role like washing molds with soap can eventually effect the non-sticking effect. Let me know.

    • Olga

    Hello,alina. I want to try your version of oreshki. How many oreshki does this recipe make?

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Hi Olga, this will make about 63 whole oreshki

        • Olga

        Thanks! Sorry for the miss spelling of your name. God bless u.

          • Alyona’s Cooking

          No problem, Olga! Thanks God’s blessing to you too!

    • Rozita

    Hi, Alyona! I have a stovetop Oreshki mold and I don’t like it, because it is very messy to make the cokies. It doesn’t matter what recipe, the grease leaks all over the stove top, dough squeezes out all over the mold, and smokes the all kitchen up. How does the Nakkitchen mold work? Is it messy to use it? Does the grease squeeze out as from the mold? Also, do you bake it with the lid on? Thanks!

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Hi Rozita, I love the oven mold, it is a heavy duty mold. I have never encountered a leakage when baking oreshki cookies in it and yes the lid is to be placed over the top when baking. I have found a teaspoon measuring scoop is the perfect amount of dough for each shell for this oven mold, so if you ever get to work with an oven mold hope that helps you out.

    • Vadim

    Hi Alyona! Where can I buy the Form ? we would like the big one that you have on the picture for 40 halfs or 20 nuts at a time…
    We live in the USA.
    Thank you!

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Hi Vadim, my oreshki molds are from Nakkitchen.com. I wrote them an email and they contacted me back giving me an address to send my payment to them. It may sound fishy but thats how they were mailed to me. My mother in law ordered them through the same people but over the phone also sending them a form of payment. Once they get the payment they do ship it. These kind of molds were available on eBay before but that option doesn’t seem to be available anymore.

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