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persian walnut cookies naan-e gerdooi

persian walnut cookies

Recipes for Cookies

Persian walnut cookies or naan-e gerdooi melt in your mouth with every bite. Gluten-free and easy to make, this cookie recipe will be a family fave!

Google cookies and you’re going to get millions of recipes for cookies. But, finding the best cookie recipes is the key. Who has time to sift through thousands of recipes. This recipe for persian walnut cookies (naan-e gerdooi) is THE best! It’s made with walnuts, healthy. Plus, these are gluten-free cookies. Added bonus! And, these Persian cookies are easy to make. Super bonus! 

Cookies with Walnuts

Now these Persian walnut cookies are more like a subtly sweet biscuit to me. Perfect with tea or coffee or as a nice bite after a dinner when you want something ‘sweet’ but not too much! Oftentimes when I use another foodie’s recipe, I ‘boho’ it, in other words, I make it my own by tweaking ingredients, etc. This time, however, I followed Lin’s great recipe! Enjoy the adventurous eats with me~it makes life more interesting! 

And, if you love these Persian walnut cookies, you’ll want to check out my old world Russian tea cakes. Not really a cake, but a cookie not with walnuts, but almonds and, yes, another gluten-free cookie recipe. 

Gluten-Free Cookies

So many folks today are trying to cut back on gluten, but they still want the goodies of cookies and bread. So, going gluten-free has really become more mainstream and ingredients for cooking are much easier to source. These gluten-free persian walnut cookies are actually probably kinda, and I say kinda, healthy since they use mainly ground walnuts and egg yolks. Then you’ve got the irresistible spice, cardamom! OMG! Love love this spice. It’s a great swap from cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, cloves and the regular spices we think of when making cookies or sweets. 

Persian Food

I have this amazingly talented foodie friend, Lin, who lives in England, and her blog is Lin’s Food. She’s traveled the world. Lived in many locales. Her food is adventurous, to say the least. Plus, she’s got this delightfully articulate and sultry British accent that I could listen to all day. The magic of Google+ HOAs! Every time I see a new post of Lin’s in my email, I really get excited because I know I’m going to learn something delicious!

Persian walnut cookies, or naan-e gerdooi, sounded so exotic to me. I mean Persia is one of the world’s oldest civilizations with a rich history and culture. Another thing that appealed to me about these cookies was that they were easy, and Lin had prepared them for the Persian new year celebration. Experiencing others’ holidays, customs and foods is a beautiful way to connect and share. Our food DNA runs deep regardless of where we live around the globe. 

Recipes with Cardamom

Oh, I love experimenting with cardamom! Check out these ideas. I mean once you buy this spice, which isn’t inexpensive, you’ll want more recipes to try using it!

Mini Fruit Cobblers
Holiday Best Easy Cookie Recipes
Pearl Sugar Cardamom Tea Cake
Sweet Potato Cardamom Dessert Waffles
strawberry biscones

Cardamom Uses

Cardamom is such a beautiful spice. It can be used in both savory and sweet recipes. You’ll find cardamom in curries, desserts, meats, coffee, chai tea and more!

Cardamom Health Benefits

While there are several health benefits, it seems that cardamom is really good for digestion. 

Cardamom Almond Cookies

While almonds and cardamom in cookies is a great combo, the walnuts and pistachios in this recipe with the cardamom gives a hugely distinctive flavor. 

Walnut Cardamom Cookies

Persian walnut cookies naan-e gerdooi not only are subtly sweet and tender and moist inside, but the cardamom gives them a complex aroma. You’ll smell hints of piney, fruit, lemon, mint and sweet. 

Best Cardamom Cookies

OK, hands down, this recipe using cardamom is THE best you’ll ever taste. With just a few ingredients, you’ll make magic in no time! 


persian walnut cookies

persian walnut cookies

persian walnut cookies naan-e gerdooi

Yield: Two dozen

Persian walnut cookies or naan-e gerdooi melt in your mouth with every bite. Gluten-free and easy to make, this cookie recipe will be a family fave!


  • Preheat oven to 300
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar + 2 TBL for dusting
  • 1 tsp. ground cardamom
  • 1 tsp. vanilla, or rose water
  • Pinch sea salt
  • 3 cups walnuts, ground finely


Put the eggs and 1/2 cup powdered sugar in a large bowl. Using a hand mixer, blend for about 75-90 seconds until all is well incorporated.

Add the cardamom, vanilla and salt blending well.

Add the ground nut and work together into a wet thick gooey batter.

Dollop about a heaping tablespoon (leaving about 2 inches between cookies) on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Take a small piece of parchment paper, place on the cookie and give it a quick 'smoosh'.

If using sea salt flakes and/or crushed pistachios sprinkle on top.

Bake in a preheated 300 oven about 17-19 minutes.

Remove to a cooling rack for about 15 minutes. Dust with powdered sugar (optional).


You may substitute rose water extract for vanilla extract.

Top with sea salt flakes for a pop of flavor.

Use crushed pistachios on top for more texture and a nuttier flavor.

Edible rose petals also can be put into the batter before baking for more flair!

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