Mom's Nut Rolls / Pani di Noci della Mamma

Serves 8 to 10

A not too sweet yeast dough encasing ground walnuts and egg whites is a signature treat from my mother’s kitchen; the beauty of these is that they freeze beautifully once baked and are welcome gifts.


  • DOUGH1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 packages dried yeast
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups warm milk
  • 1 cup butter, melted and cooled
  • 4 large eggs, separated
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6-7 cups unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon saltFILLING4 egg whites
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 5 cups ground walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 - 2 teaspoons milk

This recipe was featured on Season 17 - Episode 1717.

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Hello all. I have no Idea where this will take me but i’m looking on advice to make 20 doz. easy wedding cookies that are not very difficult or expensive. Its my daughters wedding an dont got much money. OMG Please help Ms. Be4a


A question regarding what type of yeast: Is it the regular yeast or the fast-acting yeast. Ordinarily, I would assume the regular. But since the rise time is only 1 hour, I wonder if it is the fast-acting type.
Thank you

Mrs Gaylene Bielawski

the recipe is easy and delicious thank you for sharing this as my own mother passed away and never got the recipe.


Made the roll this afternoon. Dough was beautifully easy to work with, filled one with apricot, great recipe!


My aunt used to make something like this around the holidays and she would add rum or whiskey to it. Is this the same recipe or a different one. Thanks


What is one package of yeast consist of? I buy dry yeast in bulk Thank you

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