Nut-and-cardamom cookies

Nut-and-cardamom cookies

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  • 8 to 10
  • Easy
  • 15 minutes
  • 20 minutes

These nut-and-cardamom cookies are next-level. They are made with walnut, pistachios and rose water which adds amazing texture and fragrance to the cookies.


  • 168 g walnuts, finely ground
  • 56 g almond flour
  • 65 g pistachios, roughly crushed
  • 4 T matzo meal
  • 1 green apple, peeled and grated
  • 1 thumb fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 2 T preserved ginger, roughly chopped
  • 3 free-range egg yolks
  • 135 g coconut sugar
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 1 t ground cardamom
  • 1 t bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 T rose extract or rose-water
  • pistachios, to decorate
  • walnut pieces, to decorate
  • pomegranate rubies, to decorate

Cooking Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 175°C. Mix all the ingredients except the nuts for decorating and the pomegranate rubies until well combined. If too watery, add a touch more matzo meal.

2. Make teaspoon-sized balls of dough and place onto a silicone baking sheet, or onto trays lined with baking paper. Press down to flatten slightly and make a dent in the middle of each cookie with your thumb. Place a pistachio and a walnut piece in the centre of each cookie.

3. Bake for 20 minutes, or until golden. Take care as they can burn easily. The cookies will appear undercooked and soft, but will harden when cooled. Leave on the baking sheets for at least 10 minutes to cool, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Decorate with pomegranate rubies.

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Photographs: Myburgh Du Plessis
Production: Abigail Donnelly
Food assistant: Bianca Strydom

Denise Levy Recipe by: Denise Levy
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Denise Levy is a chef at Ginger & Lime Cape Town and @thekitchencollective_ct.

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