persian walnut cookies naan-e gerdooi

persian walnut cookies

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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! 

Now if you’re hankering for using almonds, then these salted almond cookies are to die for! 

And, how about a protein chocolate GF cookie! Yes! it’s right here! 

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. Italian Walnut Cookies are another variation of using olive oil and wine! Sooooooooooo good!

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, see Notes below for using coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp. ground cardamom
  • 1 tsp. vanilla, or rose water
  • Pinch sea salt
  • 3 cups walnuts, ground finely


  1. Put the eggs and sugar (1/2 cup if using powdered) in a large bowl. Using a hand mixer, blend for about 75-90 seconds until all is well incorporated.
  2. Add the cardamom, vanilla and salt blending well.
  3. Add the ground nut and work together into a wet thick gooey batter.
  4. 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'.
  5. If using sea salt flakes and/or crushed pistachios sprinkle on top.
  6. Bake in a preheated 300 oven about 18 to 23 minutes.
  7. Remove to a cooling rack for about 15 minutes. Dust with powdered sugar (optional).


  • Coconut sugar can be substituted for powdered sugar. Use 1/2 cup.
  • 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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  1. Anonymous says:

    I have ground walnut flour. How much would I use for 3 cups walnut pieces?

    1. Hi! Walnut flour won’t work in this recipe. The essence of the cookie is ground fresh walnuts. No ‘flour’ is needed in this recipe. You, of course, could ‘try’ your ground walnut flour, and, if you do, I’d use 1 1/2 to 2 cups of it (and, never having done so, I can’t be certain). If you substitue, please let me know. This is how we all learn! xoxx ally

  2. Karen Inga says:

    Just made my first batch and they turned out yummy and crispy! I couldn’t really taste the cardamom, I may have put too much walnuts but I LOVE walnuts. I will add a few onto Santa’s plate!

    1. Karen!! What a special message! Thank you!! These are one of my fave cookies because they’re ‘semi’ healthy and sooooooooooooo easy to prepare! And, the cardamom is subtle! Hope Santa loves! xoxx ally

  3. These sound delicious. My husband has a walnut/pecan allergy. I’m wondering if this would work with almonds or hazelnuts or some other nut. Do you have any suggestions?

    1. HI, MB! I haven’t done w/almonds or hazelnuts, but I think it would work fine! Just substitute one: one another nut. Or you could combine almonds and hazelnuts! Let me know, luv! xoxx ally

  4. Charlotte Brown says:

    I can’t wait to try these. I’m visiting adult nieces & a nephew in June
    They have adventurous palates so I’m hoping they like them. I will do a first batch before I go so I can be comfortable with the recipe. We have a sizable Finnish heritage in this little town in northeastern Ohio. We are right on Lake Erie. Lots of shipping & fishing once upon a time. The sweet yeast bread made by Finns, especially the ladies at Bethany Lutheran Church, is wonderfully perfumed with cardamom. Nissua. Delicious!

    1. Oh, Charlotte! You areas sounds so idyllic! Yes, these are delightful cookies. Not too sweet and perfect for after dinner, placing on a pretty plate and letting everyone enjoy as you continue your conversation and laughter. Another fun cookie recipe, similar to this one, is the almond cookies. Yes, they have cardamom! Have them in the oven now. Just love making these, too. Both are primarily nuts. I sure would love to taste those sweet yeast breads. My Grandmother used to make weekly on Thursdays. Ohhhhh, the aromas! xoxx

  5. Hi Ally,
    My MIL always made that for Persian new year (Norooz, March 20th). She is 91 now and went back home and doesn’t want to travel anymore. So I decided to make make it this year. Easy… right?, hers were much smaller (bite size) and the color was lighter. She also used slivered pistachio to garnish.
    Wish me luck 🍀

    1. Oh, gosh, Nahid! I’m sure you’ll make them superbly and in your MIL’s honor! Are you using her recipe? Next time I make them, I’ll try smaller. Of course, that means I’ll be eating many more!! Please share once you make them, luv! xoxx ally

  6. Hi 👋 I am new to Allys kitchen and not a high techie .. interested in seeing some recipes .. I’ve seen many delicious foods, however, for some reason I am unable to see the actual recipes/ directions. Would somebody possibly be available to assist me …? TYVM 😊

    1. Cynthia! Welcome, darlin, and I’m so glad you’re here. If you scroll down from the text of the recipes (sorry, I have to do all this text this for SEO and Google and finding recipes), then you’ll see the actual recipe. Just keep scrolling, luv! Thank you! xoxx ~ally

  7. Oh my gosh these are phenomenal! I used allulose to keep these low carb and it worked perfectly. The cookies looked like they would be crispy but they were so chewy inside. Yum yum!

    1. Gal! Aren’t they THE best! And, you’re right, chewy and moisT! I absolutely LOVE THEM! Thank you for sharing w/me and don’t be a stranger! xox ~ally

      1. Hi Ally,
        What do you do with 4 egg whites since only the yolks are being used? Thanks!

        1. Hi, Laura, I usually refrigerate and use w/in a few days in omelets! Hope that helps!

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