Family Holiday Favorite Walnut Strudel Cookies

Already it's Day 11 of the 12 Days of Christmas blog hop, only one more to go. That flew by way too fast and it's been such a fun ride. Today I'm sharing a family holiday favorite walnut strudel cookies recipe and if I don't make these each year, boy do I hear about it. They are always the first to go on the cookie tray!

Family Favorite Walnut Strudel Christmas Cookies

Walnut Strudel Christmas Cookies

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It's Day 11 and we have been in the kitchen making something sweet to share!

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There's a funny story about these cookies. Many years ago my family affectionately renamed them but none of us can remember why and what in the heck it means. But when someone in our family says, Marie made her Neu-kin-knock-in's, everyone knows what they're talking about. I'm laughing while I type this!

If any of them read this post the cat is out of the bag that I baked some and soon they'll be coming a-knocking.

Easy To Make Walnut Strudel Cookies

You'll find the recipe card towards the bottom of this post.

Walnut Strudel Christmas Cookies

How To Make Walnut Strudel Cookies

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These are the ingredients you'll need to make the walnut strudel cookies.

Walnut Strudel Christmas Cookie Ingredients

Cookie dough

The dough is so quick and easy to make with just three ingredients with an electric mixer. Simply cream the butter and cream cheese together. You can use margarine but I find it tastes that much better with butter. Add two cups of flour and mix until the dough crumbles and starts to stick together.

I prefer to knead the dough by hand at this point and then form it into a ball.

Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Can I double the recipe?

The dough is quite heavy for the electric mixer to double the recipe. They are best made in separate batches.

Walnut Strudel Christmas Cookie Dough

Walnut Spread

While the dough is chilling is a good time to start the walnut spread. Grind whole walnuts fine with a food chopper or purchase ground walnuts.

Walnut Strudel Cookies Ground Walnuts

In a small saucepan on medium heat add granulated sugar and milk, stirring occasionally until dissolved and starts to bubble. Add the ground walnuts and remove from heat. Set aside to cool and thicken. I put mine in the fridge with the dough.

Walnut Strudel Christmas Cookies Spread

Rolling the strudel

Roll the dough on a lightly floured surface into a 12 x 18-inch rectangle. Cut the dough in half lengthwise.

Walnut Strudel Christmas Cookies Rolled Dough

Spread the walnut mixture on both sides but don't spread too close to the edges or filling will seep outside of the cookies when baking.

Walnut Strudel Christmas Cookies Walnut Spread

Starting with the long side roll up the dough as tight as you can jelly-roll style and trim the ends. Note to self; time to replace the scratched air bake cookie sheets.

Cut rolls crosswise in half so you end up with 4 rolls. Place them seam side down on a parchment-lined cookie sheet.

Walnut Strudel Christmas Cookies Rolled

Cut into 1/2-inch thick slices without separating the cookies.

Walnut Strudel Christmas Cookies Sliced

Bake in 350º oven for 15 - 20 minutes until golden brown. Let cool slightly and remove to cool on racks.

Once completely cooled dust with powdered sugar. Separate the cookies and store them in a sealed container.

Can these cookies be frozen?

These cookies freeze well. I bake mine about a month before the holidays and freeze them in plastic-covered containers. Remove them from the freezer at least 30 minutes before serving.

Walnut Strudel Cookies A Holiday Favorite

You will want to make a few batches because these cookies will not last!

Yield: 60 Cookies

Family Favorite Walnut Strudel Christmas Cookies

Family Holiday Favorite Walnut Strudel Cookies

If I don't make these cookies during the holidays I hear about it. They are always the first to go on the cookie tray!
prep time: 2 H & 15 M cook time: 15 M total time: 2 H & 30 M


  • 8 oz package of cream cheese (softened)
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 cup of ground walnuts
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar


How To Bake Walnut Strudel Cookies

Cookie Dough
  1. Beat cream cheese and margarine with an electric mixer until well combined.
  2. Add flour and mix well.
  3. Shape into a ball and cover with plastic wrap.
  4. Chill in the fridge for 1 to 2 hours.
Walnut Filling
  1. Grind walnuts fine in a small food chopper and set aside.
  2. Cook sugar and milk in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
  3. Cook until the milk boils and sugar dissolves.
  4. Add ground walnuts.
  5. Remove from heat and cool until spreadable.
Baking Instructions
  1. Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface to form an 18 x 12-inch rectangle.
  2. Cut in half lengthwise.
  3. Spread each with nut filling.
  4. Starting from the long side, roll up each strip jelly-roll style.
  5. Cut rolls crosswise in half.
  6. Place seam side down on ungreased or parchment-lined cookie sheets.
  7. Cut into 1/2 inch thick slices without separating.
  8. Bake in 350º oven 15 to 20 minutes or until done.
  9. Let cool slightly.
  10. Remove and cool on racks.
  11. Dust with powdered sugar.
  12. Separate slices into cookies.
  13. Cover and refrigerate or freeze.
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Favorite Walnut Strudel Christmas Cookies

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  1. These look really good! I have never seen a filled cookie before. Thanks for sharing at the Saturday Sparks. I am pining this recipe to try later.

    1. You're welcome Erica, I hope you like them and thanks for the pin too! 😊

  2. Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Happy Holiday!


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