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Dulce de Leche Tartlets {Корзиночки со Згущенкой и Орехами}

Shortbread tart shell  filled with creamy Dulce De Leche, sprinkled with Walnuts and topped off with a drizzle of Dark Chocolate Ganache.

Tartlets with walnuts and topped with chocolate on a white tray.

It was Saturday into Sunday night. 1:30 am to be exact. 2 weeks since the last time I have baked anything, and 3 days since I started craving ‘walnut cookies’. By walnut I don’t mean flavor, but rather the shape. ‘Oreshki’ or Walnut Cookies are actually two hollowed halves of shortbread cookie shells that sandwich together about a teaspoon of Dulce De Leche .

 Tartlets with walnuts and topped with chocolate on a white tray and empty tartlets with jar of melted chocolate.

So, I guess I could just make them if I want them that bad, right? Wrong! I have no molds to make them the right shape. First thought was to check amazon and ebay and see if they had the cookie molds, but while they did have ‘walnut cookie molds’, they either did not have the right ones or I needed to spend 55$ to get them.

They do say, where there’s a will, there’s a way..

Instead of spending money and waiting days or weeks for the molds to arrive, I decided to transform shape but leave the idea and make beautiful delicious tarts, filled with nothing else but cooked sweetened condensed milk or Dulce De Leche, then sprinkle with some walnuts and top them off with a drizzle of dark chocolate ganache. Brilliant! isn’t it?

Top view of tartlets with walnuts and chocolate on a white tray.

If you don’t have the tart molds, you can even use mini cupcake/muffin pan to do the same thing. They might not have the same design on the outside, but the taste is going to be exactly the same!

For the tart shells  I slightly adapted recipe from my Souffle Tarts I posted last week. The tartlets come out very tender and buttery, while still retaining shape to hold the filling. Believe me, they’re nothing like the pre-made shells they sell at Russian stores, which is a good thing if you ask me! So go ahead, give these a try!


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Dulce de Leche & Walnut Tartlets {Корзиночки со Згущенкой и Орехами}

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Crunchy tartlets made with a sweet dulce de leche filling topped with dark chocolate drizzle and walnuts.

Author: Marina | Let the Baking Begin!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Russian
Keyword: tartlets
Calories: 190 kcal
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 50 tartlets


Tart Shells


  • 2 cans Dulce de Leche or cooked Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 2 cups walnuts toasted, chopped


  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup cream


  1. In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream 1 cup butter and 3/4 cup sugar together.

  2. Add 3 egg yolks and 1 whole egg, 1 at a time, creaming thoroughly before adding the next.

  3. Add 2.5-3 cups flour and the baking powder until the dough starts to come together.

  4. Gather the dough into a ball and place it in the refrigerator for 1 hour (if time allows)
  5. Divide the dough in 3. While we'll be working with 1 part, leave the other two in the refrigerator until we are finished working with the first one.
  6. Take the dough and roll it with the rolling pin, to a 0.5 cm thickness. Make sure the dough doesn't stick to your working surface by sprinkling it with flour.

  7. Cut out circles 2 cm bigger then your tartlet molds.
  8. Fit them inside the molds or inside mini cupcake pan cavities and pat the dough in with your fingertips to make sure there's no air underneath.
  9. Place all molds on a baking sheet and bake at 350°F, until golden in color or about 15 minutes.

  10. Let cool to room temperature.
  11. Prepare the ganache, by pouring 1/4 cup hot cream over 1/4 cup chopped chocolate, letting it sit for 1-2 minutes, then stirring until smooth.

  12. Put 1/2 tablespoon of Dulce de Leche inside the tart. Sprinkle with chopped walnuts.

  13. Using a fork, drizzle tarts with prepared ganache.
  14. Store at room temperature or the refrigerator depending on how you like it.
Nutrition Facts
Dulce de Leche & Walnut Tartlets {Корзиночки со Згущенкой и Орехами}
Amount Per Serving (50 g)
Calories 190 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 32mg11%
Sodium 23mg1%
Potassium 110mg3%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 194IU4%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 58mg6%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Sveta

    Hello, I wanna make these tarts for Christmas, do U know if it’s ok to make the tart shells but not to fill them inside couple days before? Thank you for all you’re recipes I made lots of them and it turned out good…

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    • Hi Sveta,
      Yes, making the tartlets a couple days ahead would be no problem, just make wur to keep them in an airtight box until you need it.

      Thank you so much! I appreciate you taking the time to tell me!

      Good luck! And Merry Christmas!

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  • julia

    “Сгущенка” 🙂

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  • Mila

    Hello:) I love this idea! But also wondering if this dough recipe can be used for making oreshki? I just got an oreshki maker and can’t find a good recipe. TIA

    · Reply
    • Yes Mila, most definitely. In my mom’s cookbook It’s written as the dough for oreshki actually.

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  • Julia@Vikalinka

    These are so lovely! I’ve been craving “oreshki” for far too long now but, like you, am not willing to invest in the mould. I really dislike kitchen gadgets that only do ONE thing! These tartlets seem like a great substitution. Thank you for sharing your genius ideas!

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    • Yes, its almost funny how you would think that this is such a simple solution, but it took me so long to figure it out)))

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  • Nadia

    oooh, that is very clever!
    i don’t have oreshki molds but my mom does. It’s always a treat when she makes it for holidays. And now i know the way 🙂 without molds.
    Thank you

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    • Alevtina

      Oh, its a great idea for somebody not having a walnut maker. I bought my oreshnitsa and mushroom maker from Oreshnitsa International Company. I love it. Its much easier than on stove top.You may check their website

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  • Julia

    Can’t wait to try! I actually have the walnut cookie mold but it’s sooo much work cooking them over the stove top, although we enjoy them every time! These sound delicious and faster with less burned fingers too 😉

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  • Natasha

    What temp did you bake them? Thanks looking forward to making them.

    · Reply
    • Hi Natasha,
      350F 🙂

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