Churchkhela Recipe

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Churchkhela Recipe

It’s almost impossible to imagine an Armenian New Year’s table without dried fruits or special seasonal sweets. This Armenian traditional snack Շարոց (churchkhela) is one of those dried sweets served on festive days.

Ingredients needed are quite simple as well as the making of it.

Hope you guys give it a try and enjoy your own homemade Շարոց (churchkhela) a delicious sweet snack.

Churchkhela Recipe



Churchkhela Recipe

2 lbs of walnut halves, threaded on a strong thread ( refer to YouTube video for tutorial)

64 oz ( 1.89L) Grape juice, or any juice you like (I use Concord grape juice )

12-14 oz (350 grams) molasses ( grape, mulberry or any kind ), optional

1 ⅔ cups all purpose flour

½ cup of cornstarch

1-1 ½ cups of sugar ( taste it while cooking and add more to your preference )

1 tsp ground cinnamon ( or 4 sticks)

1 tsp ground clove

½ tsp ground nutmeg

Churchkhela Recipe


Churchkhela Recipe

It’s important to prepare the place you will be hanging the churchkela to dry

Start by threading walnuts, set aside

Pour the juice in a heavy bottom saucepan and bring it to a simmer

In a large mixing bowl combine flour and corn starch

Add half of the hot juice over the flour- starch mixture and stir with a spoon ,then switch to electric mixer

Mix on medium speed and continue adding more juice

Churchkhela Recipe

As soon as the mixture turns thick and smooth ( lump free) mixture transfer to the saucepan with the remaining juice, stir and place over the medium heat

Add molasses , sugar and spices

Cook by stirring constantly until the mixture thickens , about 10-15 minutes

Dip one row of the threaded walnuts to test, if it comes out thick , dip the rest if not ,then cook a bit more and test again until the right consistency reached ( you can always double dip if needed)

Hang churchkela to dry at room temperature 5-7 days

Cut one to check, if the inside looks dry ,it’s ready

To remove the thread from dried churchkela, simply cut the bottom tip and pull off the string from the top hanger

Slice and serve


Churchkhela Recipe

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  1. I just made some I followed the video they came out great. The only bad thing is I am going to have to wait 5-7 days to try it. One question do you make anything else with the sause you dip them in I would hate to throw all of it out.

    • In this kind of weather it may dry even sooner.
      We used to dip the small chunks of walnuts in leftover sauce , also pass out to our neighbors , nothing else that I’d remember 🙂

  2. I love this thing you made….when I first got married my husband’s family gave me some and my friend and I thought it was a candle of some kind……but now whenever I go to the store i always buy some and munch on it on the way home…thanks for the recipe.

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