Dolci di Noci (Walnut Cookies)

dolcidinociDespite not being Italian, I always end up baking Italian treats at Easter. So here we are with some dolci di noci, walnut cookies made with just three basic ingredients. They’re easy to make, and also gluten-free if that’s your thing.

There are various recipes online for this treat with varying quantities of sugar, but all you need for these are walnuts, sugar, and an egg. No need for a mixer either – just a food processor (or blender) and a bowl. I wonder how you say “easy” in Italian.


  • 2 3/4 cups walnuts
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature


Preheat oven to 375. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Combine walnuts and sugar in your food processor; pulse until fine, like sand. Pour into a bowl and add egg, then mix to form a paste. Divide into four equal portions and roll into 9-inch logs, then cut each log into 6 pieces. Place on baking sheets about 2 inches apart and bake for 11-13 minutes, until the edges are just brown and cookies are set. Remove from the oven and cool on the baking sheets for a few minutes, then place on a wire rack to cool completely. Makes 24.