As a kid, I wasn’t a big fan of sweets (not like now), but there were few types of cookies that I absolutely adored. I think part of the reason is because my mum never made them, as some of them needed a lot of time to prepare and she never has time. Another reason might be that we didn’t have some type of devise needed for some them, an example is a type of cookies that are called “Walnuts”, which I am presenting here. I remember looking forward for some special occasions (like Easter, weddings etc.) where one of my mum’s friend will always bring them. This was long long time ago and now thinking about it I don’t remember when was the last time when I had one.
Few months ago a friend was showing me pictures from her travel to Algeria, and she was telling me about it and how she remembers them from her childhood so we shared some memories about it. A month after she sent me a present – a form to make them. To be honest I was quite happy and if it wasn’t me been in between jobs and having my mum over I would have probably tried to make it then immediately this same day. Unfortunately it took some time. Anyway, now everything is a bit more stable and the best part is the guys from new job absolutely love home made cakes and cookies (no one is on diet), so I promised to spoil them … a lot. My hands were itching to do some backing, so I now I had the time and the occasion to do my childhood beloved “Walnuts” cookies :o) So here is my recipe which was very very delicious, I even made a second batch to bring to a friend:
For the dough :
- 125 g butter ( at room temperature)
- 1 egg
- 150 g icing sugar
- 1/4 cup of yogurt
- 3 cups flour
- 1/4 t.s. bicarbonate of soda
- 1 t.s. vanilla
- pinch of salt
For the cream:
- 1 cup milk
- 2 tb.s. flour
- 4 tb.s. sugar
- 1 t.s. vanilla
- 60 g butter
- 80 g walnuts (grounded)
First prepare the dough: Start with whisking the butter (125g) at room temperature and the icing sugar (150 g) for about 5 minutes until creamy, then add the egg, the pinch of salt and the vanilla. Next add the yogurt with the soda and whisk quickly to just incorporate. Then add the flour and mix by hand until all is mix well and you have a soft dough.
Make a small balls the size of a hazelnut.
Put the device on the hob and leave it to heat up.
then carefully put each of the small dough balls in the wells and then close it tightly and leave back on the hob, around 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown (see picture). When all of them are ready leave it to cool down and in the mean time make the cream:
Put the milk and the sugar to warm up, dissolve the flour in a bit of cold milk and add to the warm milk. Mix constantly while it thickens. When it thickens enough take it out of the fire and add the butter, vanilla and walnuts. Mix it nicely and leave to cool down.
Now after everything is cooled, with a small spoon fill up the shells and then press two shells together until the cream start coming out. Clean it carefully (try not to eat it 😉) and set them aside.
Although they are really nice looking at this stage I would advice to hide them for at least few hours for the shells to soften a bit!