Heavens Roses - Golhaye Behesht

I made these lovely and extremely moreish cookies before but this time I've made them larger and in a flat cookie form. The recipe varies with the addition of pistachio but you can add any ground nut of your choosing.

You can make these in any style you like, I've chosen two, one flat and round and the other little Christmas trees which I found totally adorable.

This cookie is better known in Khuzestan, one of the 31 provinces of Iran and boarders Iraq and the Persian Gulf, its capital is Ahvaz.

This sweet ticks the vegetarian and vegan box perfectly.


100g plain flour

100g confectioners sugar

20g cornflour

1tbsp ground pistachios

80g oil (vegetable)

11/2 tsp ground cardamom

1/2 tsp rosewater

For the garnish

2 tbsp ground pistachio

2 tbsp ground rose petals

desiccated coconut

melted white chocolate (enough for the garnish to stick on the biscuit!)

Note: Oven 150°C or Gas Mark 2 for 15 minutes


Step 1

  • Add the plain flour, confectioners sugar, cornflour, cardamom and ground pistachio to a large mixing bowl

  • Add the oil and mix until all the dry ingredients and the oil bind to make a dough

  • Place in a plastic bag and set aside for an hour to rest

Step 2

  • Remove from the plastic bag

  • Make into shapes using cookie cutters

  • Place on a baking tray

  • Place in the oven at 150°C or Gas Mark 2 for 15 minutes

Step 3

  • Remove from the oven and allow to totally cool down on a rake

For the garnish

Add the melted chocolate on top of the biscuit and sprinkle the ground pistachios, coconut and rose petals over them anyway you like.

Enjoy with lovely Persian tea. These are pretty moreish so you won't stop nibbling!

:) Noosh-e-Jaan :)

Heavens Roses - Golhaye Behesht
Heavens Roses - Golhaye Behesht Cookies

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