A Floral Note: Honey Rose Cookies with Cardamom

Here is a recipe for honey rose cookies with cardamom. I based the recipe for these floral, spiced cookies on my maple spice cookies, but the change to honey and the addition of roses adds a very different feeling. The cookies also have little specks from the ground roses that add color and pizzazz.

Three golden brown cookies with piles of dried roses (red-purple) on a white plate
(Photo mine, April 2023)

Roses have been used in Jewish cooking for many centuries, but primarily in the form of rose water, which tends to be quite concentrated. Rose flavors are often associated with Shabbat and Shavuot. Beyond a floral note, rose often complements and cuts the sweetness in many desserts. In this recipe, I used dried edible roses – which you can find easily online, especially because they are often used for tea. Be sure you are using food-grade dried roses.

Honey Rose Cookies with Cardamom

Makes 24-30 cookies

1 stick unsalted butter or butter substitute, softened

½ cup granulated sugar

2/3 cup honey

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 tablespoons whole milk (or plant-based milk)

2 cups white flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

2 tablespoons dried rose petals, crushed (I use a mortar and pestle)

1 teaspoon ground cardamom

¼ teaspoon table salt

  1. Preheat your oven to 350F/175C. Line two large cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy, using the method of your choice (electric mixer, hand mixer, or by hand).
  3. Add the honey, vanilla extract, and milk and blend together until combined.
  4. Sift the flour together with the baking powder, crushed rose petals, cardamom, and salt.
  5. Mix the flour mixture into the honey butter mixture until combined. You should have a pliable dough.
  6. With your hands or two spoons, roll balls of dough about 1 ½ inches/2 centimeters in diameter and place on the cookie sheet. Then use your finger to squash each ball into an oval-ish shape. You should get between 24 and 30 cookies.
  7. Bake for 12-13 minutes. The cookies should become golden and expand.
  8. Remove from oven and let sit on the cookie sheet for ten minutes.

Thanks to David Ouziel, Hannah Cook, and Douglas Graebner for conducting User Acceptance Testing on this recipe.

1 Comment

  1. Hello.
    What a lovely and unique recipe! The addition of dried rose petals and cardamom sounds like a delightful twist on traditional honey cookies.
    Thanks for sharing.

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