Walnut Cookies (orehovki)

The ultimate walnut cookies – crispy on the outside, and chewy on the inside, with a strong nutty, cinnamon taste – only 3 ingredients but a ton of flavor, these are easy to make and sure to please everyone!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time21 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Bulgaria
Keyword: powdered sugar, walnuts
Servings: 24
Calories: 56kcal


  • 2 cup finely ground walnuts
  • 200 g powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • pinch of salt


  • In a food processor, pulse 250 g of the walnuts (about 2 full cups) for a few seconds until they resemble fine crumbs. Separately, roughly chop the other 50 g and reserve.
  • Heat a pot of water on the stove to a simmer.
  • Put your egg whites in a metal bowl, place bowl over the simmering water and beat with a hand mixer until the egg white are frothy and almost stiff.
  • Reduce heat, and add the sugar gradually, a few tablespoons at a time, while continuing to beat. Add the finely ground walnuts, cinnamon, vanilla, and a pinch of salt, and beat over the water for another 5 minutes. Add the roughly chopped walnuts at this point.
  • Remove from heat, and let cool completely.
  • Preheat oven to 365° F (180° C), and line a couple of cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  • Scoop about 2 tbs of the dough, and with wet fingers form small balls, about an inch in diameter. Slightly flatten them on top.
  • Bake for 10 minutes. Let dry.

Photo credit and inspiration: viktoriastable.com, bulgariancooking.com