I love the scent of roses, the smell is soft and delicate. In cooking or baking, rose flavor is just not very common. I have a bottle of Rose Water in my cabinet and feel it’s time to use it again. I found a recipe for shortbread with rose water and I knew it was time to bake. I made a few changes to the recipe and came up with these delightful Tender Rose Petal Shortbread cookies.
Rose water combines well with fruits, especially strawberries, and it does wonders in a sorbet. The flavor is mild and adds just a hint of rose. Try it in your teas and lemonade and, rose water is a delightful addition to milk based desserts. This Tender Rose Petal Shortbread recipe combines both rose water and rose petals that results in tender and pretty cookies, perfect for a tea, a cappuccino or even a light wine. I know you are thinking why buy a whole bottle of rose water for one recipe, well I’m here to tell you there are lots of uses for rose water, the list can be endless. I’ll share some uses later.
First let’s talk about the cookie. When I made these shortbread’s I happened to have little rose buds that I bought from a tea shop in San Francisco. We brew the rose buds for tea, and occasionally I use these for recipes. If you would like to buy these rose buds from the San Francisco tea shop tea shop this is your link: https://vitaltealeaf.net/index.php/flower-herbal/siberian-rose-4-oz.html. All other kinds of topping can be used for these dainty little cookies from coarse sugar, colored icing, pistachios, poppy seeds, white chocolate or maybe just put a pretty stamp on top. When you make the cookies, you get to decide what goes on top.
Here’s my rose flavors.
The beauty of making shortbread cookies is they contain a few ingredients. You just mix your butter, sugar, flour and salt to make a soft dough, add in your other favorite mix-ins and your ready to go. Here’s my dough that I hand-shaped into a small rectangle. I made it this shape because I wanted to cut the shortbread into small sticks, and another great thing about the sticks is there is no wastage or rerolling of the dough. Gotta love that, right?
Roll the dough out so it is not so thick
Ohh, now the fun starts. I ground the rose petals in my coffee grinder and then sprinkled the petals on top of the dough. To get the petals to stick to the dough I gently used the rolling pin and rolled them slightly into the dough.
And then, ta dah, I cut them into small sticks. Perfect for picking up and nibbling on.
Place on a cookie sheet.
Bake for about 20 to 25 minutes until your shortbreads are turning golden. Remove from the oven and place on a cooking rack.
- 1½ cups rice flour
- ¾ cup powdered sugar
- ¾ tsp cardamon
- ½ cup butter at room temperature
- 1 large egg
- 1½ tsp. rose water
- Rose petals for topping
- Mix the rice flour, powdered sugar and cardamon together in a bowl.
- Beat the sugar and butter together until smooth with a mixer
- Beat in the egg and rose water until blended.
- With the mixer on low beat in the flour mixture to create a stiff dough
- Remove dough from bowl and place on wax paper or plastic wrap; wrap tight and chill for at least 2 hours.
- Preheat your oven to 300 degrees
- Remove dough from wrap and roll on a floured board to the shape you choose. You can also use a cookie scoop and roll into balls then flatten.
- If using the dried rose petals - remove individual petals and crush using your hands or do a quick grind in a coffee grinder.
- Sprinkle the rose petals over your rolled dough and then press into the dough so the petals stick better.
- Cut dough into your desired shapes.
- Bake on a parchment lined baking sheet for 20 - 25 minutes or util bottoms are golden.
These Rose Petal Shortbreads are tender and look so pretty with the rose petals and with just a hint of rose flavoring.
If you remember reading above I talked about other uses for rosewater. Besides these wonderful cookies what else can there be?
Uses for Rosewater
- Use Rosewater on your face and in your hair. It’s a great toner and hair rinse.
- Use Rosewater as a perfume.
- Scent your sheets with Rosewater before you go to bed and you will have a peaceful sleep. Just put rosewater in a spray bottle and mist your sheets.
- Roses are anti-inflammatory to use to treat skin conditions
- Use with cakes, cookies, custards, fruits and all kinds of desserts.
- Mmmm, make some soap.
I hope you try this easy and delicious Rose Petal Shortbread recipe find some great uses for rosewater. Are you already using rosewater? Leave me a comment and tell me your uses.
Blessings ~ Jere’