Recipe for Orehovki – Bulgarian Walnut Cookies

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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

Ingredients

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.

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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.

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

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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.

Enjoy!

Mama Lisa

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2 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!

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