The following walnut cookie recipe for the Passover / Pesach festival in the Persian/Iranian style is ideal for the kids at your Passover Seder or at any time during the Passover / Pesach festival. While there are many walnut cookie recipes, the following walnut cookie recipe adds an exotic twist with the taste of lemon included in it. The following walnut cookies recipe is Kosher for Passover for both Sephardim (Jews whose ancestors came from either Spain and/or Portugal) and Ashkenazim (Jews whose ancestors came from Central, Northwestern, and/or Eastern Europe).

Until 1935, Iran was known as Persia in the Western World, although the name "Iran" was the term used in Iran since ancient times. The name "Iran" is a cognate of the word "Aryan" and means "Land of the Aryans". The name "Persia" derives from the ancient Greek name for Iran, "Persis". This in turn comes from a province in the south of Iran, called "Fars" in the modern Persian language and "Pars" in Middle Persian. "Persis" is the Hellenized form of "Pars", based on which other European nations termed the area "Persia". This province was the core of the original Persian Empire. In 1959, the leader of Iran announced that both Iran and Persia could be used to describe the country. Today, people use either the word "Iran" or "Persia" interchangeably. Now, on to the walnut cookie recipe!

Walnut Cookies Recipe (Persian/Iranian-style)

4 yolks of extra large eggs
8 tablespoons granulated sugar
3 1/2 cups coarsely chopped walnuts
Grated rind of 1 lemon (optional)

Instructions for the Walnut Cookies recipe (Persian/Iranian-style):

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit (160 degrees Celsius or Centigrade).
  2. Beat egg yolks with sugar until very thick and almost white.
  3. Mix chopped walnuts and lemon rind into yolk mixture.
  4. Drop teaspoonfuls of batter onto ungreased cookie sheet, leaving 2 inches between them.
  5. Bake for about 10 minutes or until cookies are dry and firm.
  6. Remove from sheet when cool.

Yield: About 40 walnut cookies.

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