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5 from 7 votes

Persian walnut cookies (Nan-e gerdui)

These Persian walnut cookies are very easy to make but taste delicious. Traditionally eaten for Nowruz, they would be perfect any time.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Servings: 16 -18 cookies
Calories: 64kcal
Author: Caroline's Cooking


  • 1 cup walnut pieces 130g
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 3 tbsp sugar 40g
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • a few walnut pieces to top


  • Preheat oven to 300F/150C and line a large baking sheet.
  • Pulse the walnuts in a food processor until they're coarsely ground.
  • Whisk together the egg yolks, sugar and vanilla for a few minutes until the mixture becomes paler and almost creamy.
  • Mix in the ground walnuts and stir until well combined.
  • Take small spoonfuls (heaped teaspoonfuls) of the mixture and put on a baking sheet, with around 1in/2.5cm or more between them. Smooth off the pieces of dough so they are fairly round and gently press a piece of walnut into the top of each cookie.
  • Bake for approx 15min until lightly brown. Leave them to cool on the baking sheet a few minutes as they will be a little soft.



(see video above)


Calories: 64kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 34mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 30IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.3mg