Walnut Pastry Rolls

Total Time

Prep: 2 hours + chilling Bake: 20 min. + cooling


4 rolls (15 slices each)

Updated: Nov. 28, 2023
These are really tasty served warm with a little bit of butter spread on top, and they reheat well. The rolls are great plain or frosted for some extra sweetness. —Diane Turner, Brunswick, Ohio


  • 1-1/2 cups plus 1/3 cup sugar, divided
  • 1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk, divided
  • 6 cups ground walnuts (1-1/2 pounds)
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons honey
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 4 to 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons milk, divided
  • 1 to 2 cups confectioners' sugar


  1. In a small saucepan, cook and stir 1-1/2 cups sugar and 1 cup evaporated milk until mixture comes to a boil. Transfer to a large bowl; stir in walnuts and honey. In a small bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Fold into walnut mixture. Cover and refrigerate filling at least 2 hours.
  2. For dough, in a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. In a large bowl, combine 3 cups flour, salt and remaining sugar; cut in butter until crumbly. Add the yeast mixture, egg yolks and remaining evaporated milk; beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a firm dough.
  3. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  4. Turn onto a floured surface. Punch dough down; divide into four portions. Roll each portion into a 15x11-in. rectangle. Spread walnut filling to within 1/2 in. of edges. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch seams to seal and tuck ends under. Place seam side down on greased baking sheets. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 350°. Brush 2 tablespoons milk over tops and sides of rolls. Bake 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire racks.
  6. Combine confectioners' sugar and enough remaining milk to achieve desired consistency; drizzle over warm rolls.

Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 162 calories, 10g fat (2g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 60mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.