Recipe for Orehovki – Bulgarian Walnut Cookies


Orehovki (Ореховки) are Bulgarian cookies that are eaten at Christmas time and throughout the year. They remind many Bulgarians of their childhood. As a bonus, they’re gluten free and easy to make. Here’s the recipe…

Recipe for Orehovki

Makes 20 cookies


2 cups Walnuts (225g.)
1 1/2 cups Confectioners Sugar (200g.)
1 teaspoon Cinnamon Powder (optional) or 1/2 – 1 t. lemon juice (optional)
3 Egg Whites
Pinch of Salt
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Preheat oven to 355 F. (180 C.) Line a light colored cookie sheet with parchment paper. (Cookies cook more evenly on a light colored pan.)

1. Finely grind the walnuts.

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2. Mix in cinnamon if using. Set aside.

3. In a bowl, beat egg whites and a pinch of salt with a hand mixer until stiff.


4. Mix in half of the powdered sugar. Then mix in the other half.

5. Mix in vanilla.

6. Mix in lemon juice if using.

7. Mix in ground walnuts.


8. Drop by the tablespoon onto cookie sheet leaving space in between the cookies.


9. Cook 15 – 20 minutes until golden.  The longer you cook them the crunchier they will be on the outside. If you have a dark cookie sheet they’ll take much less time to cook (about 10 minutes).

10. Let cool.

Store in a cookie tin.


Mama Lisa

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3 Responses to “Recipe for Orehovki – Bulgarian Walnut Cookies”

  1. Star Says:

    Thank you so much for this recipe! My partner is Bulgarian, and I was searching high and low for these cookies! I’ve made them a few times now, and I have really gotten to love the subtle spicing. Especially with a cup of tea :)

  2. Lisa Says:

    @Star I’m so glad you like them!

  3. Gigi Says:

    I would bake them without the vanilla and cinammon..just walnuts its good strong flavour and it reminds me the orehovki from cake shop/sladkarnitza..many years ago
    Blagodaria za retzeptata
    Thank you Mama Lisa

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