Monthly Archives: March 2014

Koloucheh Ahwazi (Ahwazi Cookies) for Nowruz



Nowruz, or Iranian New Year, is just around the corner. It is always a happy time and brings back a lot of childhood memories. I remember my Maman preparing for Nowruz weeks in advance and baking lots of different colourful baked treats, one of the family’s favourites being the Ahwazi cookie. Ahwaz is the name of the town I grew up in and this recipe was given to us by our neighbour, Mrs Naghdi.



100g Unsalted Butter (Melted)

120g Sugar

130g Yoghurt

1 Egg

Self Raising Flour (Enough to make a soft dough)


400g Pitted Dates

100g Chopped Walnuts

2 Tbsp Tahini

2 Tsp Cinnamon

1 Apple (Peeled and Grated)


1. Whisk Melted Butter, Sugar, Yoghurt and Egg for 2 minutes, until it gets to the ribbon stage

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2. Add enough Self Raising Flour to make into a soft dough and leave to one side


3. Mix Pitted Dates, Chopped Walnuts, Grated Apple, Tahini and Cinnamon together


4. Roll out the dough to 1/2cm thickness and cut into circles


5. Top half the dough circles with a teaspoon of the filling mixture and cover with the rest of the dough circles. Seal the edges

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6. Place the cookies on grease proof paper on a baking tray and top with Pistachio, Sesame Seeds or any topping you like

7. Bake in the oven 170C or 150C fan for 25-30 minutes

8. Remove from the oven, allow the cookies to cool, then dust with icing sugar


Noosheh Jaan! Happy Nowruz to you all! Below is a list of participants in the 2014 Nowruz Recipe Round-Up. Check out these pages to find more delicious Nowruz recipes.