Persian Sweets for You + Your Sweet | Valentine’s Day Recipes

Love is universal. Saints or sinners, we all love. One way or another. Love really is the answer. As Hafiz (Persian poet and mystic) said: “Go through this world giving love. Giving love.” And as The Beatles (Manchester poets and psychedilic mystics) said: Love, Love Me Do!

In honor of Saint Valentine’s Day, here is a roundup of three romantic Persian sweets that would be a treat to make and enjoy on the day much chocolate and flowers are sold and many people on earth celebrate love and romance.


First up, is sohan ‘e assal. A toothsome (as in, you’d definitely need some teeth to enjoy it) Persian brittle candy made with sugar, honey, slivered almonds, pistachios and saffron. Could there be a more romantic ingredient listing? Je crois que non! Recipe’s here. Just add a pinch of boldness and you have a treat to nibble on and feed your object of ardent attention without worrying about napkins or pesky utensils.


Giving sohan ‘e assal a run for romantic ingredients, this delicious banana chocolate chip muffin is Persianized using cardamom, rosewater and edible crushed rose petals.

Sigh. That IS romantic!


And finally, tut, a Persian mulberry-shaped marzipan concoction made with sugar, rosewater, ground almonds, and cardamom – with slivers of pistachio for stems. A dainty and pretty pop of sweetness for you and your valentine to nibble on as you whisper sweet nothings to each other and gaze at your smart phones.

I submitted this recipe to Bizzy Lizzy’s Good Things Valentine’s Day Roundup – a post that I’ve spent a good amount of time gawking and drooling over. As Orgasmic Chef (blushing while typing – and why yes, I AM a prude) pointed out on Twitter, that post is liable to get someone pregnant this Valentine’s Day. It’s true! I can see that. So do check it out but do exercise caution.



Have a lovely Valentine’s Day!

May you be struck by Cupid’s arrow if you’re not already.

Heart Heart Heart Love Love Love

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Comments (54)

  • tastytreats13 6 years ago Reply

    Lovely! Hope you have a great valentines day!

    Fig & Quince 6 years ago Reply

    Same! Happy Valentine’s Day. Many bonbons and tasty treats I hope! 😉

  • apuginthekitchen 6 years ago Reply

    Happy Valentines day and I love the heart shaped array of spices. The sweet treats are wonderful and I am so lucky to have had the distinct (and yummy) pleasure of tasting all three treats that you created. Anyone of them would make me very happy on V-day!!

    Fig & Quince 6 years ago Reply

    You did taste the candy brittle? I’m so happy about that. Those are not my forte so I can’t make it often. Wish I could. Happy Valentine’s Day Suzanne!

  • Vassilis 6 years ago Reply

    They look fab and they must taste as good! And its not that far from the 14th to start preparing! Thanks!

    Fig & Quince 6 years ago Reply

    No, in fact just enough time! Hope you took notes! 😉 Happy Valentine’s Day!

  • Maria Dernikos 6 years ago Reply

    Such a pretty post. The hearts in the first picture look beautiful.

    Fig & Quince 6 years ago Reply

    Maria, that first picture is one I remember precisely arranging and shooting. It was for one of the earlier blog posts and on the occasion of Johnny nominating F&Q for a Liebster award. I had so much fun arranging it. Thank you!!

  • Ooooh Lord…love love love those sweets!
    Thank you for sharing those eye and tastebud candies 😉

    Fig & Quince 6 years ago Reply

    Ah! love the eyecandy reference. Very cute! Thank you so much dear Lou. Tant de bisous to you too xoxo

  • The Persian-ispired marzipan looks outstanding!

    Fig & Quince 6 years ago Reply

    Do try it! I feel confident recommending it. But use a mild smelling rose water if you do so as not to overpower the tastes

  • So pretty! I love the colours, all muted and pastel. If I had to choose, it would be the candies!

    Fig & Quince 6 years ago Reply

    Thank you Celia! The candies are really good and I love crunchy things so they are among my favorites too. Happy Valentine’s Day!

  • These all look fantastic!! 🙂

    Fig & Quince 6 years ago Reply

    Why thank you Kenle…. I mean … 🙂 You know what I mean. Happy Valentine’s Day!

  • radhika25 6 years ago Reply

    Happy Valentine’s Day Azita!!!

    Fig & Quince 6 years ago Reply

    I had a great start to my day thanks to you! Happy Valentine’s Day to you too dear Radhika 🙂

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  • Fae's Twist & Tango 6 years ago Reply

    A great aromatic, heavenly sweets roundup. Happy Love Day to you too! 😀

    Fig & Quince 6 years ago Reply

    I feel this holiday is so well suited to you. Pretty, sweet, romantic, a treat for the senses. Happy Valentine’s Day dear Fae!

  • chagrinnamontoast 6 years ago Reply

    I love your pictures! All these spicy, fruity, rosy heart shaped piles. They’re wonderful.

    Fig & Quince 6 years ago Reply

    Thank you! That’s so sweet! Happy Valentine’s Day!

  • Gather and Graze 6 years ago Reply

    Such a tempting array of sweet treats Azita! Happy Valentine’s Day for the 14th! Love the lead-in photo too – very clever.

    Fig & Quince 6 years ago Reply

    Mersi Margot jan! 🙂
    happy Valentine’s Day!

  • Susan Edelman 6 years ago Reply

    Look how beautiful!!

    Fig & Quince 6 years ago Reply

    How nice! 🙂 Thank you! Happy Valentine’s Day!

  • lapetitecasserole 6 years ago Reply

    Thanks a lot for sharing this… I love to learn about different cultures!
    I wish you the sweetest Valentine’s Day!

    Fig & Quince 6 years ago Reply

    Oh I’m so glad to hear that and thank you, and wishing you a beautiful and sweet Valentine’s day as well!

  • Sophie33 6 years ago Reply

    Waw, all of your special looking recipes look divine, my friend,..really something amazing & wonderful! I am going tontry out a few for sure! yum yum Yumm! 🙂 xx

    Fig & Quince 6 years ago Reply

    Thank you Sophie! Happy Valentine’s Day!

    Sophie33 6 years ago

    🙂 x

    Sophie33 6 years ago


  • chef mimi 6 years ago Reply

    You are always so creative! I love your posts.

    Fig & Quince 6 years ago Reply

    Chef Mimi: I verily treasure your praise. I really really do! 🙂 xo

  • Lilly Sue 6 years ago Reply

    Yum!! Happy Valentine’s Day!!

    Fig & Quince 6 years ago Reply

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

  • Melissa Brody 6 years ago Reply

    Yum to all! Happy Valentines Day!

  • Fig & Quince 6 years ago Reply

    We need to have a potluck … in a few months. Meanwhile: Happy Valentine’s Day!!! 🙂

  • peppersandplums 6 years ago Reply

    Absolutely lovely post.
    Sent from my iPad

    Fig & Quince 6 years ago Reply

    Thank you dear friend! Always so happy to hear from you!

  • Liz Posmyk of Bizzy Lizzy's Good Things 6 years ago Reply

    How exquisite, Azita!

    Fig & Quince 6 years ago Reply

    Belated thanks, dear Liz!

  • ChgoJohn 6 years ago Reply

    Wow! All 3 sound wonderful but, I must say, that muffin has stolen my heart. I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day.

    Fig & Quince 6 years ago Reply

    Belated thanks and belated happy Valentine’s Day wishes John

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    Fig & Quince 6 years ago Reply

    Good for snacking on while binge watching House of Cards … 😉

  • Mary Frances 6 years ago Reply

    Anyone would feel lucky to receive one of these treats! Beautiful!

    Fig & Quince 6 years ago Reply

    Thank you so much and belated happy Valentine’s day wishes!

  • chiefandcutie 6 years ago Reply

    wow those look cute and yummy. i hope you had a wonderful valentine’s day!

  • deliciouslynell 6 years ago Reply

    These looks amazing. :3 I wish I had some to share!

    Fig & Quince 6 years ago Reply

    I should have a party and share it with everyone1 🙂

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