I am so excited about the cookies I made this month. I got the idea months ago and saved it because I knew it would be PERFECT for Mother’s Day. How many Moms are going to get roses on Mother’s day? My guess is quite a bit of the $2.5 billion expected to be spent on flowers this Mother’s Day will be roses.
But, I know some moms that are going to get Raspberry Rose Sugar Cookies instead!
The secret ingredient is Rose Water.
Rose Water is a flavored water made by distilling rose petals. It is used mainly in Middle Eastern cuisine, often in desserts (like Baklava and Turkish Delights), and can be used as an alcohol free substitute for red wine in halal cooking. It is also used in cocktails as well as many medicinal and cosmetic uses.
So, what does it taste like? Roses. Imagine that fragrant rose smell, now taste that. Which makes perfect sense considering how closely tied smell and taste are.
You should be able to find it in the liquor department of most well stocked grocery stores, or any high end liquor store. Or try a Middle Eastern market. Or do what I did, and order it online (affiliate link!). I only checked one smaller grocery store and just didn’t feel up to driving around to find it or asking them to get it for me. You only need a little, so I will have plenty to use for other recipes.
Please make sure you buy the kind for culinary use not medicinal or cosmetic use.
The cookies seemed a bit too “rosy” when I made the dough, so I bought some raspberries and made a simple glaze that added color and a nice fruitiness to the cookie. And bonus – beautiful color with no food coloring! You might want to use 1 teaspoon of Rose Water and 1 teaspoon of vanilla if you think it will be too overpowering.
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Until next time, happy eating!