Nan-E Gerdui - Traditional Persian Walnut Cookies

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins

This really is a Persian classic & is easy to make. This recipe comes from the book New Food of Life by famous Iranian cook & bestselling author Najmieh Batmanglij.


  1. In a mixing bowl, beat egg yolks until creamy. Add the confectioners’ sugar, vanilla, and walnuts. Beat thoroughly for a few minutes with a wooden spoon.
  2. Preheat oven to 300°F Grease a cookie sheet. Drop batter by the teaspoonful on the sheet, leaving about 2 1/2 inches between cookies. Decorate each one with ground pistachios.
  3. Bake 15 to 20 minutes in the center of the oven. Remove the cookies from the oven and cool. Lift the cookies off the sheet.
  4. Arrange the cookies on a serving dish. Nush-e Jan!
Most Helpful

Lovely cookie. Enjoyed by all. Agree with previous reviewer. The walnuts must be chopped very finely. I didn't have the problem of the egg yolks settling to the bottom, but I think from a texture stand-point more finely chopped walnuts is better.

Loves2Cook! March 23, 2016

These turned out ok - you must SUPER FINELY CHOP the walnuts or the egg just kid of settled on the bottom- would have been good to have that in the instruction - but the taste seemed right for Persian sweets and I will try again next weekend for a Nowruz Celebration - Thank you for the recipe!

iamatbat March 19, 2012