Filled Walnut Cookies

Filled Walnut Cookies / Nuci Umplute

I have been looking for a cookie press like my mom used to have for so long. I found a walnut shell mold from House on the Hill, another mold from Golda’s Kitchen that you can place in the oven, but nothing like my mom’s cast iron mold. You can definitely use the other two molds to make these filled walnut cookies but I find that using the cast iron press on top of the stove it’s much faster and gives perfectly shaped walnut shells. Luckily I went back home to Romania this Fall, the only place I knew for sure I would find this cookie press… and now I have not one but two of them, each one having slightly different shapes – from walnuts to mushrooms to clam shells. In this recipe I’m using the first cookie press that has only the walnut shapes. These beauties are delicious and will definitely impress your guests. And since winter holidays are just around the corner I must say – these cookies would be a great addition to your holiday cookie tray :)!                    

Time: 65 min, Prep: 30 min.  Cook: 5-7 min. per batch
Servings: ~50 cookies

Ingredients:

For dough:

  • 350 g  (3 cups) white flour
  • 130g (1/2 cup) sugar
  • 130g unsalted margarine or butter
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 12 Tbsp milk
  • 1 pouch vanilla sugar (9 g)
  • 1 lemon, juice and zest
  • 1 tsp baking soda

For filling:

  • 200 ml milk
  • 200 g ground walnuts
  • 2 Tbsp rum extract
  • 4 Tbsp apricot jam
  • 100g sugar (or less if the jam is too sweet)
  • 1-2 tsp cocoa powder
  • 50 g Turkish delight (optional)
  • icing sugar  for dusting

Directions:

Cream the margarine, sugar and egg yolks. Add vanilla sugar.

Filled Walnut Cookies - Ingredients Filled Walnut Cookies  - Cream the margarine, sugar and egg yolks. Filled Walnut Cookies  - Cream the margarine, sugar and egg yolks. Filled Walnut Cookies - Add vanilla sugar.

Add the juice and zest from a lemon. Pour in the milk, a little at a time, stirring continuously.

Filled Walnut Cookies - Add the juice and zest from a lemon. Filled Walnut Cookies-6 Filled Walnut Cookies - Pour in the milk, a little at a time, stirring continuously. Filled Walnut Cookies - Add flour

Stir in the flour mixed with the baking soda, one tablespoon at a time. Knead with your hands or using a stand mixer with the dough hook attachment.

Filled Walnut Cookies - Stir in the flour mixed with the baking soda, one tablespoon at a time. Filled Walnut Cookies - Knead with your hands or using a stand mixer with the dough hook attachment.

For my walnut mold I had to shape the dough into small balls that were close to 1cm in diameter (used about ¾ teaspoon of dough for each ball).

Filled Walnut Cookies - Dough is ready Filled Walnut Cookies - For my walnut mold I had to shape the dough into small balls that were close to 1cm in diameter (used about ¾ teaspoon of dough for each ball).

Preheat your walnut press on top of the stove. Place the dough balls into the walnut mold and press down to shape your walnut shells.

Filled Walnut Cookies - Preheat your walnut press on top of the stove. Filled Walnut Cookies - Place the dough balls into the walnut mold Filled Walnut Cookies - Press down to shape your walnut shells Filled Walnut Cookies - Walnut shells almost done

Cook walnut shells on top of the stove turning the cast iron press every 1-2 minutes until the cookies are set and lightly brown.

Remove the cookies from the mold and trim the edges.

Filled Walnut Cookies - Cook walnut shells on top of the stove turning the cast iron press every 1-2 minutes until the cookies are set and lightly brown. Filled Walnut Cookies - Remove the cookies from the mold and trim the edges.

Soak the edges in milk, you’ll be using them for the filling.

Add the ground walnuts over the soaked edges as well as the rum extract, cocoa, sugar, apricot jam and Turkish delight cut into small cubes. Mix well until all ingredients are combined.

Filled Walnut Cookies - Soak the edges in milk, you’ll be using them for the filling. Filled Walnut Cookies - Filling ingredients Filled Walnut Cookies - Add the ground walnuts over the soaked edges as well as the rum extract, cocoa, sugar, apricot jam and Turkish delight cut into small cubes. Filled Walnut Cookies - Mix well until all ingredients are combined.

Spread one teaspoon of walnut filling onto one cookie. Press another cookie onto filling to sandwich. Repeat with remaining cookies and filling.

If you can resist the temptation to eat the cookies, it’s better if you store them overnight into an airtight container. The shells will soften a bit and will be perfect.

For a final touch, sprinkle some powdered sugar on top before serving.

Enjoy!

Filled Walnut Cookies / Nuci Umplute Filled Walnut Cookies / Nuci Umplute

 

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Comments

    • Roxy says

      Oh wow, that looks so much better and I love that you can make so many at the same time! I’m jealous that they don’t ship them to Canada, I would’ve bought one for sure. I’ll do some more research maybe I’ll find it somewhere else as well. Thanks so much for stopping by and for sharing the link!

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