Traditional Persian Sweets for Norooz – Part I | Greetings from Iran!

I thought you may enjoy a delicious gallery of images of some traditional Persian New Year sweets (shirini) that my friend Afrooz had on hand at her home for Norooz- plated in various wares – and ready to sweeten the palate of visitors and guests.

This first sweet — a pop in your mouth treat with an excellent crumbly and melty texture — are called noon’eh nokhoodchi (chickpea cookies.) This batch were handmade by my friend’s friend. Quite impressive.


These are apple baghlavas. Bite sized, not too sweet, great texture, and simply delicious. These were handmade as well – by my friend’s colleague.

These are the marzipan mulberry sweets known as tut – purchased from an old and charming confectionery.

I’m not sure what these cookies are called but they were also handmade by my friend’s friend (what a good friend!)

These are called noon ‘eh gerdoyee (walnut cookies.) They are crispy and crunchy. Really nice with tea.

These are called noon’eh berenji (rice cookies.) They have a dry crumbly texture with a rather bland taste and I admit they are my least favorite cookies.

These sweets, topped with pistachio powder, are called Bereshtook. They are mildly sweet with a soft, melt in your mouth texture reminiscent of halva.

And let’s end with these delicious candied orange peels. I’ve heard of a confectionery that makes a very good chocolate-dipped versions of these. I now consider it a mission to cross the threshold of that shop and either verity or denounce this rumor!

So! That’s it for now but I plan to follow up with a very special Persian shirini part II by the next post. Until then, have a sweet day!



15 thoughts on “Traditional Persian Sweets for Norooz – Part I | Greetings from Iran!

  1. Sounds and looks delicious!
    I have a Persian restaurant in my street where I love to go – but the starters and main courses are already so good that I can only manage a Persian coffee for desert 🙂
    Enjoy your trip and all the great food!

  2. You thought well! As I told you several times before I love learning from different cultures. These biscuits look really different from traditional biscuits that I have in my “food background”. They are so cute, especially those made with marzipan… I hope you’re having great time in Iran, I can’t wait to read/learn more!

  3. Everything looks delicious, especially the apple baklava looks like its from a bakery what a nice and accomplished friend! Everyone needs a friend like her 😉 thanks for sharing!

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