Walnut Cookies

Papassinos A Traditional Sardinian
Walnut Cookie Recipe

Papassinos are typical Sardinian walnut cookies.  These Traditional Italian cookies are made in most areas of Sardinian for the celebration of All Saints Day on the 1st  November.

Walnuts and raisins are both harvested around the end of September in Sardinia, so having these fresh products in abundance in November resulted in the natural creation of cookies using these ingredients for a highly celebrated day.

Papassinos are made in nearly almost all communities in Sardinia with many variations around the Island.

The cookie recipe I will be showing here comes from a town called Macomer, in the Central North of Sardinia.

Walnut Cookie Recipe - Papassinos
sardinian walnut cookies papssinos

The recipe is simple and doesn't require a mixer, in fact it is better if they are mixed up by hand just like they have always be made here.

I use a mixer for the simple reason that at times I need to mix up 10lbs of flour and by hand it is hard work.

If you use a mixer, just be sure to mix on a slow speed and only enough for all the ingredients to combine together to form a  cookie dough.


400gr All Purpose Flour

200gr Granulated Sugar

2 Whole Eggs

160gr Lard

50gr Of Milk

50gr Ground Toasted Aniseed

5gr Bicarbonate Of Soda


200gr Toasted Crushed Walnuts

160gr Raisins or Sultanas


1 Egg Yolks (Extra for Glazing the Cookies, not to be added to the ingredients)


  • Place all the ingredients except for the walnuts and raisins in a bowl or mixer.
  • Begin to work the ingredients with the tips of your fingers, slow speed in a mixer
  • Once the cookie dough begins to bind together add the walnuts and raisins

walnut cookie ingredients
add walnuts and raisins

  • Work the dough gently until ingredients are well combined
  • Just remember not to overdo the kneading.
  • Once the cookie dough is ready
  • Lightly flour the working surface
  • Place the dough in the center and with your hands press the dough down to about 3-4 cm while at the same time forming a square or rectangle.

walnut cookie dough mixture
shaping cookie dough with your hands

  • With a rolling pin finish off rolling the cookie dough out to about 2cm in thickness (if slightly more that will be fine, but try not to go under 2cm as these walnut cookies are better if they are thick)

rolling out the cookie dough
  • Place on top of the rolled out cookie dough the egg yolk
  • ( the photo has three eggs as the mixture I made up was triple the amount indicated above)
  • cover the dough completely, either using a baking brush or like I do with my hand.

rolled out walnut cookie dough

glazing cookie with egg yolk
egg glazed cookies

  • Slice the rectangular cookie dough into strips of a good 3 cm
  • Take each strip and cut it into diamonds like in the photo

slicing cookie dough
cutting cookie into diamonds

  • Press a half walnut on top of each cookie
  • Place on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper and place in a pre-heated oven 170 °C for about 20 minutes or until they begin to color nicely.

decorating with a walnut
half baked walnut cookies
Half baked cookies

  • Once baked they are ready serve.

baked walnut cookies
italian walnut cookies

Trying is believe.. simple, quick and very tasty cookies that has Sardinia with every bite!

Fancy tyring more Italian cookie recipes, then you just might want to try some more easy cookie recipes from the Mediterranean Island of Sardinia.

Sharing our authentic Italian recipes is a way of spreading our traditions and culture around the world. If you can't come here to savor a genuine taste of our Island, then the next best thing is to fill your home with the authentic aroma's of Sardinia.

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