Refrigerator Nut Rolls


"Rolled pastry with a walnut filling. These nut rolls have been a family favorite for years. They are one of the most requested items for every party we are invited to. They freeze really well, so you don't mind making so many of them."
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1 d 45 m servings 307 cals
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Original recipe yields 75 servings



  • Calories:
  • 307 kcal
  • 15%
  • Fat:
  • 23.4 g
  • 36%
  • Carbs:
  • 20.7g
  • 7%
  • Protein:
  • 6.5 g
  • 13%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 19 mg
  • 6%
  • Sodium:
  • 131 mg
  • 5%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
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  1. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water with 1/2 teaspoon of sugar. Let sit until creamy; about 10 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together melted margarine, evaporated milk, sour cream and yeast mixture. Stir in the egg yolks. Combine the flour, salt and 6 tablespoons sugar; stir into the wet mixture, then knead until the dough no longer sticks to your hands. Cover dough and refrigerate overnight.
  3. To make the filling, beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Mix in sugar, ground walnuts and vanilla. Stir in milk 1 tablespoon at a time until filling reaches a spreadable consistency.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  5. Cut dough into baseball sized portions. Dust a clean dry surface with confectioners' sugar. Roll the dough out to 1/4 to 1/8 inch in thickness. Spread with filling, then cut into 16 wedges like a pizza. Roll up wedges from the outside into the point. Brush with remaining milk and place 1 inch apart on a cookie sheet.
  6. Bake for 18 to 21 minutes in the preheated oven, until golden brown.


  1. 13 Ratings

Most helpful positive review

These were very good. Instead of rolling and cutting them as individual cookies, I rolled and baked each as a large nut roll. Made wonderful hostess gifts when visiting at the holidays.

Most helpful critical review

Not sweet enough. Tried dusting with powdered sugar. Didn't work. Then rolled in white sugar. Still not quite right. Added 1/4 of brown sugar, bingo! They are more like bread than I thought they...

These were very good. Instead of rolling and cutting them as individual cookies, I rolled and baked each as a large nut roll. Made wonderful hostess gifts when visiting at the holidays.

Great recipe to base full nut rolls from. I did, however, make tons of changes so they turned out appropriately. Halved the dough recipe and had to double the filling. Omit the milk. Didn't ...

I've been looking for this recipe. After I moved over 23 years ago it was lost. The lady was unable to give me the recipe again as she was seriously ill. Thank you

This was the surprise hit of my Christmas baking this past year. I halved the recipe and STILL had a lot of cookies. They freeze well, and are a nice addition to my cookie trays.

These nut rolls are very easy to make as far as making nut rolls are concerned. The texture of the dough is perfect and they are delicious. My family and friends all raved about them saying th...

I've rated 5 stars because technically, I never had a single problem. The recipe is perfect as it stands, even when making a half recipe. They look very pretty and inviting, but the problem is i...

Delicious. Makes a BUNCH. My mother in law always made these for Christmas gifts - she always made mini's, though. Great with tea or coffee - not too sweet.

I made this for Christmas and it was a HUGE hit! With EVERYONE! Family, Work, Friends... They said they will be looking forward to more for next Christmas. It did freeze nicely as well! Will ...

These are really good. A great change for all the sweet treats. Great for christmas give aways. I cut the recipe in half and it still made alot.