How to make Walnuts (Nuci)

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Me and my parents keep on sending each other packages of German/Romanian goodies and with each packages come surprises. Besides lots of emotional cries, the last package came with Walnuts (Nuci), a meticulous Romanian dessert that is pretty much a must for every festive occasion.

You’ll need a special baking mold for this, in a walnut shape. If you don’t have it, you can easily find it here.

Anyways, let’s get back to what we need for this recipe:

For the dough:

  • 1 cup lard
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 pack margarine
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 bag of baking soda
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 90 gr. flour


For the filling:

  • 4 cups walnuts
  • 1 jar apricot jam



  • powder sugar



For the dough:

  1. in a big bowl add the lard, sugar, margarine, eggs and salt;
  2. in a cup/bowl add the baking powder with the vinegar and allow to react;
  3. add the mixture to the wet ingredients;
  4. mix everything together up until you get a smooth paste;
  5. add gradually the flour until you get a smooth dough, not too firm;

For the filling: grind the walnuts, add them to a bowl and add enough jam to incorporate the mixture;

Baking: grease the nut maker on both sides and small sized balls of dough in it (aprox. the size of a cherry, maybe a bit bigger depending on your form) and allow it to cook on the stove at low heat on both sides of the form.

  1. Transfer the halves on a table and once cooled add a generous amount of filling in all of them;
  2. united them and dust them in powder sugar;

And that’s pretty much it.

Until the next one,