BEST Walnut Cookies (GLUTEN FREE & only 3 Ingredients)

Easy walnut cookies that are se chewy and melt in your mouth. They are gluten-free and require only 3 ingredients to make. Kid-friendly too.


Me and these walnut cookies go waay back in time. I first attempted to make Walnut cookies when I was around 10 years old. During summer break, I was visiting my granny at her farm house. Weather was hot and we had to be indoors for the majority of the afternoon. So what better way to spend the day than experiment in the kitchen, right?

While my granny was in the other room, resting, I pulled a mixing bowl, some eggs and finely chopped walnuts and got in business. Nana recipe notebook said ‘’divide egg whites from egg yolks’’, but I thought that was unnecessary step. How do you even do that, right? She didn’t have a mixer, so I figured a fork will do the trick and started beating the eggs. Then poured the chopped walnuts and started to jumble vigorously.

Granny must have heard the noise (she really expected me to be in bed, reading a book) and walked in the middle of my creative experiment. When I enthusiastically explained what I was cooking (and how I was cooking it) she bursted into laughter.  

Needless to say, my 1st attempt wasn’t the greatest. However, my passion for these simple yet super delicious cookies remained. Recipe has improved; in fact it might be the best Walnut cookie you’ve ever tasted! No joke here folks.

Best Walnut Cookies - gluten free and only 3 ingredients


  • Chewy
  • Soft
  • Airy
  • Sweet
  • Quick & easy to make
  • Even Gluten-free

In one sentence: all qualities a proper cookie should have (to my standards at least)


As this recipe requires only egg whites, you are left with 3 egg yolks hanging in the fridge. If you want to avoid throwing them away, why not try out our (gluten-free) Oatmeal Feta Yogurt Bake. It calls for 3 eggs, but you can substitute them for 3 egg yolks and 1 (or even 2) small eggs. It turns out delicious every time!



BEST Walnut Cookies (GLUTEN FREE & only 3 Ingredients)

The best quick and easy dessert cookies on the planet. Chewy, airy and sweet, these nutty cookies are perfect for kids and grownups alike. They are also Gluten-free!
CuisineEastern, European
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 3 large eggs (egg whites needed), divided
  • 2 cups walnuts, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar


  • Divide egg whites from egg yolks. Set egg yolks aside ( see above for waste-free tip).
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks are formed (approx. 3-4 min on high speed mixer)
  • In a food processor, place walnuts and brown sugar and pulse until finely chopped. Then measure 2, 1/3 cups and pour into beaten egg whites.
  • Gently (!) mix walnuts, sugar and egg whites until foam like cookie dough is well combined. Try to preserve the air as much as possible.
  • Using a spoon/ small-ish ice cream scoop, place cookie dough on baking paper, while gently forming flat cookies.
  • Bake in preheated oven (180C/360F) for around 10-15 min or until cookies turn light brown.
  • Leave to cool and tuck in.

Recipe Notes

  • It’s important to beat egg whites to stiff peaks; otherwise cookies will not turn good.
  • While mixing chopped walnuts with egg whites and/or placing on baking paper – do not press or mix too hard. That way most of the air will be preserved.

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1 year ago

My 5 yr old loved these and so did we, thanks for the great recipe!

1 year ago

These cookies look so delicious and I love how easy it is to make!

6 months ago

I cannot have refined white or brown sugar, and I want to substitute dates, either date syrup, date sugar, or date paste. Which do you think would be best, and in what proportion? I have no problem with turning this into a pan based brownie if the date paste would lend itself to that. I plan to experiment myself but thought you might be interested in experimenting as well and be able to compare. There is a small Persian bakery that makes this cookie and it is my favorite of all time and I am absolutely determined to replicate the… Read more »

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