Oct 16, 2016 - These "pillows", as my grandma called them, are miniature nut roll cookies dipping in a simple powdered sugar icing. It always fascinates me how emotionally strong our ties are with food to family memories and holidays. A local store .makes them with almonds. :) I think I’ll make them as some of my Christmas cookies this year! I always remembered my grandma’s cookies being smooth on top, but last year my mom was at my house when I was making them and said my grandma always baked them cut-side-up. They are delicious and a huge hit in my italian family. Thanks again!! It won’t take the place of the ones she makes but she may like these too. 40 min. Would have loved to make them for my own Grandma. This is my grandmother's recipe, but since I didn't have a chance to know her I think of them as my mom's It was introduced to me by my mother-in-law and now it's my favorite Christmas cookie. This cookie looks delicious and will be made this year! Holiday cookie baking season has begun – and these simple, sweet Italian Sesame Seed Cookies are a must-make treat for the cookie tray. What do you think?? Joan and Toni T, if freezing, don’t frost them yet as the icing will get so hard and can break-up or chip pieces off of the cookies. hope i made myself clear on my questions. So, I’m not sure which side to turn up when you say to place the cookies “cut side up”. Make the Filling: In a large bowl, stir together the chopped nuts and the sugar. Mix well breaking up any large chunks or lumps. I cooked the first 2, & worked on the second 2 trays while those cooked. Mix well, making sure there are no large clumps. I was going to make them this weekend, but was stumped so I decided to wait until I had a chance to write to you. These cookies look exactly like them and I think they will taste like them as well. Exactly how are you supposed to roll these? also freeze with or without the icing? If you decide to give it a try please let me know how it turns out! I’ve never been a fan of raisins so I don’t tend to eat many of them but to my mom they’re the greatest cookie on earth. I went against my better judgement, thinking maybe I didn’t know what I was talking about since this was my first attempt at these cookies… I cut a tiny layer off the bottom and they are fine. 2 1/2 cups (285 g) walnut halves or large pieces 1 cup (200 g) sugar 1 large egg. I am thinking of baking your Italian Walnuts Pillow cookies. This very simple, buttery Italian Sesame Seed Cookie recipe comes from our favorite Italian cookbook, The North End Italian Cookbook.These sweet-but-not-too-sweet cookies can be flavored with either vanilla extra or anise extract, depending on your tastes. Learn how to cook great Italian fried cookies . I can’t wait to serve them up for dessert! In keeping with my grandma’s tradition, I make the dough using a hand mixer and keep the stand mixer on the shelf. My husband loves walnuts and I love all cookies! Add the melted butter and stir until evenly moistened. Many more, please! Repeat with the remaining pieces of dough and filling (you should be able to fit all of the cookies on two baking sheets.) Ice the Cookies: Once the cookies are cooled, whisk together the powdered sugar, vanilla and milk in a small bowl. Enjoy the traditional Sicilian Cuisine of our Nonne! I stored it away in my memory bank, with intentions to try them at a later date. (The dough will be soft.) They have always been one of my fav cookies. The only thing I can think is that the dough may have been too warm/soft. My mom was given the recipe by Velma whose family survived the concentration camps, and she made it for our family and the office, my dad worked for her husband, it was the same tradition and looked forward to every year before she passed. When ready to use, thaw the cookies to room temperature and then frost them. Yummaroo! In large bowl with mixer at low speed, beat together next 5 ingredients until smooth. They are so delish! I think you can probably use any nut you want. Any suggestions. thanks for your comment…will try freezing and see how they work out! Is the 1 -1/2 lbs walnuts accurate? vote now; Add to favorite Send this recipe to a friend Ask a question to the author Print this page. These will be on my Thanksgiving menu too. Awww! The taste was very floury.the 1″ch cut was too thick, the were not flacky.Any suggestions to what I could have done wrong. Italian fried cookies recipe. 1 cup milk. Aug 1, 2018 - These "pillows", as my grandma called them, are miniature nut roll cookies dipping in a simple powdered sugar icing. Cookies? The treats are so popular you’ll find them on cookie trays for every special occasion. One question…how many pieces of dough do you divide the recipe into? Using an electric mixer on medium speed, cream together the sugar and shortening. When I looked at the name, it instantly intrigued me and conjured up images of tender, nutty parcels of goodness. Add the melted butter and stir until evenly moistened. We say 5 stars. I baked these exactly according to the recipe. Dough: 1 cup sugar. These cake-like cookies puff up in the oven almost like little muffins tops, and the tart lemon glaze adds a slightly crunchy shell. or. Do you think I could substitute the shortening for the dough with butter? The story of them in your family attracted me at first more than the recipe. They look insanely delicious and congrats on two years blogging!! Fun fact – rarely does coffee cake actually contain coffee. Icing: Mix all ingredients until the right consistancy. I was so excited to see this recipe – and my honey bunny adores them! Followed recipe exactly. I wanted to revive them from the archives because they deserved some new and improved pictures, and, most importantly, because these were always a Thanksgiving tradition in our family.]. Hi, Actually, EVERYONE who ate them claimed they were AMAZING!! Each time my ingredients were fresh and measured by weight. And the cookies bake up super cute! I must say that this is a good recipe and just enjoyed those two cookies I just ate. Congrats on two years!! By: Teresa Sorry - forgot to rate! Now split the dough into four equal pieces and wrap in plastic wrap. SO DELICIOUS MY ITALIAN MOTHER IN LAW MAKES THESE ALSO, SHE SAID IT WAS GRANDMA LUCHETTI’S RECIPE…. I’m an experienced cook, and normally eyeball things well. I roll it jelly-roll style, as tight as I can. The week before they showed up, my grandma made batch after batch of these cookies, on top of all the other cooking and prepping that was required for a house full of people for a week plus hosting a major holiday for well over 20 people. your pictures show laying them on the nut side but the baked ones look like the dough baked over them. Home > Seasonal > Christmas > Italian Walnut Pillow Cookies, [These cookies were originally posted wayyyyy back in February 2009. I wouldn’t consder my oven running “hot” at all. Am I misunderstanding how they bake? https://www.justapinch.com/recipes/dessert/cookies/italian-walnut-pillows.html Could you explain this cookie to me? these bring back memories of my grandma’s date-nut pinwheels. i made these over the weekend. Thx. Nov 29, 2014 - These "pillows", as my grandma called them, are miniature nut roll cookies dipping in a simple powdered sugar icing. They spread so much while baking. Chelle, I will absolutely try it and let you know the results. I might add 1/4 cup more flour to be on the safe side. I imagine they would though, can’t see why not. As my almost-four year old would say: This bread is "Kasty" !! Congrats on 2 years! https://www.nonnabox.com/authentic-italian-butter-cookies-recipe A few days later I was searching online for walnut pillow recipes because I was unsure if we would be able to find my grandma’s (we did!) 1 teaspoon vanilla. Bunny. Once I tried a cookie called: Walnuts Melt, but I couldn’t figure out a way to make them myself. My grandma's famous cookies - miniature nut roll cookies covered in a simple icing. hi. Do you think it would work if I hand stuffed each cookie with the walnut mix? In our family, they were simply referred to as pillows; I have no idea how they got that name, but I guess is that it’s because they’re little puffs of deliciousness :)  These are essentially little nut rolls that have been baked and dipped in a basic powdered sugar icing. Add walnuts to the egg mixture and mix. Baking these today. It just wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without them! I never use shortening, so I swapped in butter as my main fat instead of shortening. It’s one of the ways we know “who we are” in the universe. Thank you so much. 20 min 1 ora 40 min italian walnut pillow cookie Read recipe >> These are cookies my grandmother used to make for Christmas every year. Thanks. I love cookies with nuts in them but am wondering if I could use butter instead of the shortening? Using an offset spatula, spread one-quarter of the nut filling onto the dough, leaving a small border around the perimeter of the dough. I LOVE this recipe :) Thanks for sharing all the great recipes! Hi Michelle~ I made these cookies yesterday, and the question I have is in regard to texture. I have a question. I’m always envious of people who have this joy of LOTS of family at Christmas and other holidays in their life. I like cookies with a strong flavor like lemon or chocolate–but I know many people love just plain sugar cookies!Just wondering why shortening instead of butter? So used to autocorrect! 1 cup milk. The cookies tasted TERRIBLE. 1 egg. As an old psychology major I know they say that smells and food can be some of THE strongest triggers of emotions and feelings. Also if you don’t have a rolling pin like me, a wine bottle works swell. There are a wide variety of gingerbread sweets. I am visiting. The cookies were surprisingly tender and we thought the flavor was just right. I made these cookies and sent them with my husband to his work and took some into my work. Was wondering whether you did freeze it worked out, Thanks. These cookies remind me of my mom’s Hungarian cookies that have an egg white and walnut filling but they contain yeast and the dough has to be refrigerated over night like yours. I will definitely make these again. When I looked at the name, it instantly intrigued me and conjured up images of tender, nutty parcels of goodness. Disclaimers first: I’m 100% Italian, a life-long Pittsburgher and the granddaughter of a professional baker who for many years was the cookie baker at Kaufmann’s Department Store in Downtown Pittsburgh. | browneyedbaker.com They are delicious and not only will they be made every year, but with the memory of someone who showed her love by feeding yummy food to people. Number of serving: 7. Crecipe.com deliver fine selection of quality Italian fried cookies recipes equipped with ratings, reviews and mixing tips. I consider myself a good baker. Could I use this recipe to re-create the nutrolls without slicing them into cookies and omitting the icing? If you’ve never heard of Italian walnut pillow cookies, then it’s about time. Those make me think of little cinnamon bun cookies. Thanks for the recipe! I made these little wonders this morning…they are delicious. Italian Walnut Pillow Cookies[These cookies were originally posted wayyyyy back in February 2009. Happy Thanksgiving! These Christmas cookies aren’t overly sweet. Hi Kasia, Thank you for sharing your experience with the cookies! Husband likes them without the icing. Thought to have originated in Northern/Central Europe in the 17th century, then the coffee cake was more of a sweet bread […]. Not to be unhelpful, but I love everything about your site! I want to make them so bad!! :). They seemed to spread as much as the first trays. They are not soft cookies, apologies if the name is misleading, but they are a crisper cookie. Hi Marcie and Barbara, I’m sorry you had issues with the cookies. Alternating between the flour mixture and milk,add these to the sugar mixture, start and end with flour mixture. So, I’m planning to reinvent them over the few days after Christmas. A loaf of bread? I think next year I may try to make this one for her. Nov 26, 2014 - Italian Walnut Pillow Cookies - Little iced nut roll cookies that my grandma made every Thanksgiving! 20 min. Feb 17, 2012 - These cookies are fantastic! When you hear gingerbread what comes to mind? The filling was delicious but the cookie part was a bit bland and I think lacked the richness that butter would have added. My cookies did not turn out at all. set bowl aside. Refrigerate for at least an hour or 2, in order to make the dough easier to work with. What I need to know is how to keep them from spreading. I also halved the recipe and used 1 egg yolk instead of a full egg in the dough. Or should it be 1-1/2 cups walnuts? I’m from Pittsburgh also and ny mom friend taught us how to make these. They spread again. Either side is fine, and over the holiday my aunt said that they can also be baked right side up, just as you cut them. I made these over the weekend & they are very tasty. I could see making them again but adding a stronger flavor, like lemon, orange, or chocolate. And yes, you can make that substitute with the salt. I’m glad you liked them, regardless! Hi Norma, Solid vegetable shortening (Crisco). Super cookies good and so soft. Mine look like pinwheels too. These 10 Italian cookies are the pride of their region — and some are such obscure treasures they are hardly known outside of the small towns and villages that gave them life. Please help me. Then add the egg whites to this and mix well. Ingredients. I know some people like plainer cookies but I was hoping that these would be more flavorful. Hi Lori, I have never tried doing that, but I think it’s worth a shot! https://jaytriedandtrue.blogspot.com/2016/04/italian-walnut-pillow-cookies.html They are also not meant to be flaky, but rather tender once baked. Last year, I made the ones that you slice and bake standing up. The cookie baking tends to ramp up the week after Thanksgiving when all of the Christmas baking kicks off, but there is one cookie that will forever and always remind me of Thanksgiving… These “pillow” cookies. This is my grandmother's recipe, but since I didn't have a chance to know her I think of them as my mom's Pillow like lemon and ricotta cookies are dipped in a tart yet sweet lemon glaze to make this traditional Italian Christmas treat. LOVE them. Add the egg whites and mix well until completely combined. 15 minutes then switched the trays around, then baked for 12 min longer. | browneyedbaker.com They are verrrry similar to […] Hi Lisa, If you look above at the photos, I basically take that long piece of dough with the filling spread on top, and roll it, long side facing me. Remove from pan; sprinkle with a little powdered sugar. This is probably a stupid question…do you bake these standing up or do you lay them on their side? If you have a food processor, the filling comes together in less than five minutes. This very simple, buttery Italian Sesame Seed Cookie recipe comes from our favorite Italian cookbook, The North End Italian Cookbook.These sweet-but-not-too-sweet cookies can be flavored with either vanilla extra or anise extract, depending on your tastes. A grandma recipe! They do no look at all like your cookies. I am wondering like Snow if the shortening you are using is the solid version or the liquid–I have both but normally cook with the liquid kind–also I don’t normally have unsalted butter in the house–can I just delete the additional salt in the recipe and use salted butter–will this make a difference? I made the full batch and actually got 5 dozen cookies (16 cookies per quarter round of cookie dough). Hi Hannah, I’ve never tried them like that, but I don’t see any reason why you couldn’t! WILL HAVE TO MAKE JUST FOR ME HUSBAND DOES NOT LIKE ANYTHING WITH NUTS…. Just A Pinch will NOT work unless you turn javascript ON in your browser. The taste is great, but your picture of them they look smaller. 20 min. The cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks. The first time around (almost a year ago) they spread into what was described by another poster as ‘cow patties’. if i bake these and freeze them for christmas do they freeze well? I would wait until you thaw them to ice them, though. Holiday cookie baking season has begun – and these simple, sweet Italian Sesame Seed Cookies are a must-make treat for the cookie tray. I’m trying to prepare whatever I could ahead of time to make the holiday go a little smoother. Combine the chopped nuts with the sugar and then add in the melted butter. Happy blogiversary! I must say, this cookie is fantastic! Enjoy our Sicilian Recipes! These will be on my Thanksgiving menu too. Brought them to work and they went crazy over them. In spite of thinking my cookie’s texture is off a bit, the flavor is excellent, and this is an easy recipe to make. Please clarify. Those pillows look delicious! Mar 28, 2017 - Italian Walnut Pillow Cookies Recipe | Yummly They are so rare now! More information Italian Walnut Pillow Cookies - Little iced nut roll cookies browneyedbaker.com Even without the icing, these cookies are seriously yummy — I taste tested one that I accidentally battered and looked less-than-pretty. By: maryann I had never heard of or seen these cookies that I recall but I’m a big fan of nut rolls and cookies so I was anxious to try this “mash-up” of the two. I had zero problem making these at all….quite simple to make. Feb 23, 2012 - These "pillows", as my grandma called them, are miniature nut roll My husband’s grandmother used to make nut rolls and poppy seed rolls whenever we visited. I took previous commenters into account and refrigerated the formed cookies on the cookie sheet while the oven preheated to 350 F. I strongly recommend against skipping the extra chill time; I think it helped the cookies keep their shape in the oven. answer please. Celebrating 2 years of blogging with italian walnut pillow cookies. :). I love this recipe and just wanted to thank you for sharing something so precious. I wanted to make these delicious cookies now for Christmas. italian almond cookie from your homebased mom for a virtual christmas cookie exchange. They do look fantastic! Hi Sara, Yes, I think these would freeze well. WALNUT FILLING:Mix together the walnuts and the sugar. Easy. All of my grandfather’s family lived outside of Chicago and many of them would travel here to Pittsburgh for the week to celebrate the holiday. Celebrating 2 years of blogging with italian walnut pillow cookies. Seems like the lbs is too much? My grandma never made them with anything other than crisco; you could try using butter but I think they would end up much more crumbly and flaky and not as tender. Now for my real reason for writing: these cookies are amazing! Is there some sciencey reason to use shortening? Ask her if she wants some she will. My family is such a fan of nut rolls. (the tops should be just beginning to brown a bit). I think maybe I’m rolling them wrong. Your blog is so wonderful! Growing up, Thanksgiving was a huge deal. Transfer the cookies to a wire rack and cool completely. My husband loves walnuts and I love all cookies! We make them all the time I use unsalted butter and after I ice them I roll them in ground nuts. Jun 17, 2019 - These "pillows", as my grandma called them, are miniature nut roll cookies dipping in a simple powdered sugar icing. Hi Kelley, There is currently a discrepancy in my family about how my grandma made hers; I’ve made them both ways and either will work! They are verrrry similar to […] We say 5 stars. These look great! YOU'LL ALSO LOVE. I love your blog, I don’t think you need to change anything, but I know change is good and fun:) I love your sweet recipes! {module 349} 1 teaspoon vanilla. My cookies spread to about 3 inches wide especially the ones in the middle. I did use 1/2 c. Butter 1/2 c shortening in place of 1 c of shortening in the dough. Your finished cookie has a “softer” look in the picture than mine do. They look great. Assemble the Cookies: On a well-floured surface, roll out a piece of dough into a rectangle measuring about 6 inches by 18 inches. They look very cool and its nice to see the layers when you bite into it–I’ve never made a cookie like them before! 1 cup shortening. Thanks so much… right in front of me and didn’t see it! These cookies are out of this world. On a well-floured surface, roll out a piece of dough into a rectangle measuring about 6 inches by 18 inches. Hi Elizabeth, I use regular Crisco. I chilled the dough over 1 hour. Ricciarelli, a soft macaroon cookie made with sugar, honey, almonds and egg whites, is traditionally served at Christmas time and paired with a dessert wine like Moscadello di Montalcino. However, this is a thicker dough so it might not be that prone to spreading. The dough is fairly stiff so just roll the batter in little balls and then press down with a glass to shape. I wanted to revive them from the archives because they deserved some new and… Since my grandma passed away, I’ve made sure that these cookies have been on my Thanksgiving dessert menu every year. YUM!! I took care along the entire process so was disappointed they weren’t quite up to presentation par. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. Italian fried cookies recipe. I know my oven runs a little hot, so these beauties were done by around the 20 to 25 mark. Nutritional values are based on one cookie. I mixed the dough up Saturday eve, & rolled them Sunday. Step-by-Step . Happy birthday to your son! This is my favorite time of the year. “This is one of our favorite […], What goes best with coffee on Christmas morning? Ask her if she wants some she will. Happy Thanksgiving BEB! I baked them for slightly less than the 30 minutes called for . It does takes 24 hours to make, the dough has to sit overnight, and though it is super delicious, these would be so much easier and still have the comfort feeling with the walnut filling. These cookies are Deeelicious….yum yum. In another bowl sift the baking powder,salt,and flour together . If you’ve never heard of Italian walnut pillow cookies, then it’s about time. I think you could definitely make this into a nutroll, but I think the dough recipe will probably be more of a shorty/pastry dough than your typical nutroll dough. These look amazing! I may or may not be able to eat a whole plate of these right now! So, any way you want to place them on the baking sheet will work! If you try again let me know how it turns out, this is one of my grandma’s old recipes and one of my favorites! I’m going to give these a try! Don’t worry, this was my first time too. Thanks! 4½ cups all-purpose flour. Add the egg and vanilla and combine well. Have you ever prepared the rolls ahead of time and froze them before slicing and baking? Nov 23, 2013 - These "pillows", as my grandma called them, are miniature nut roll cookies dipping in a simple powdered sugar icing. Dessert. Submit a Recipe Correction Advertisement. Love, Love, Love These! Add the egg whites and mix well until completely combined. In looking for something else I came across these cookies. I too am from PA and I make the Kiffles. Add walnuts to the egg mixture and mix. 1 1/2 pounds walnuts, chopped very very fine, Just A Pinch Recipes - # 1 Site for Real Recipes from Real Home Cooks, Show 20 Comments & Reviews, What to Do With Leftover Christmas Dinner, 10 Coffee Cake Recipes for Christmas Morning. Hi Michelle, They’re really not biscuit like, but they are tender and can have a little bit of a “shorty” bite. Your email address will not be published. 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