Rose Water Sugar Cookies 

I’ve never been good at drawing. Really, if you ask me to draw something right now, it’s going to look like it was drawn by a six years old ! That’s why I admire people, including my daughter, who has the talent to draw. Her pictures are always full of creative ideas and her characters are very lively. Like this one here….Coffee and Tea are having a battle ! 

And this one, which she drew last week at her art class, illustrates people taking photos of the beautiful Cherry Blossoms.

And yes, thanks to the Cherry Blossoms, otherwise we wouldn’t even notice that Spring is here! The weather is still rainy and pretty cold…….To help “spring” our spirits back, I made these Rose Water Sugar Cookies ! The rose water gives the cookies a nice floral flavour, but you don’t need very much. I decorated the cookies two ways, with coloured sugar and with royal icing. (This is the time when I really wish I am as artistic as my daughter, so I can make my cookies prettier !) 

People often wonder what I do with all the goodies I made. I mostly share them with friends and family.  But this time, I wrapped them up nicely and sent them to my kids’ school for their annual Spring Fair ! Being able to share them and help raise money for our school feels fantastic ! Happy Spring everyone !

Makes about 3-4 dozens 

For the cookies 

    • 360 g all-purpose flour 
    • 3 g baking soda 
    • 2 g salt
    • 120 g unsalted butter, at room temperature
    • 180 g granulated sugar 
    • 1 egg + 1 egg white for brushing 
    • 5 mL pure vanilla extract 
    • 30 mL lemon juice 
    • Zest of 1 small lemon 
    • 5 mL rose water
  1. Preheat oven to 325°F
  2. Sift together flour,baking soda and salt, set aside 
  3. Using an electric mixer with the paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugar until fluffy 
  4. Add 1 egg, vanilla, lemon juice and lemon zest and rose water, mix until blended 
  5. Mix in flour mixture, 1/3 at a time  
  6. Transfer to a lightly floured surface and knead until dough is formed
  7. Roll out to about 0.3 cm in thickness 
  8. Cut with cookie cutters (You can collect the dough scraps all together and re-roll, cover unused dough with a damp cloth or plastic wrap)
  9. Place on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper 
  10. If decorating with coloured sugar, brush top with egg white, sprinkle with sugar, then bake for 8 minutes. If decorating with royal icing (see recipe below), bake first for 8 minutes, cool completely, then decorate. 

Royal Icing

    • 45 g meringue powder,sifted 
    • 500 g icing sugar
    • Pinch of salt
    • 90 – 120 mL warm water
    • 5 mL pure vanilla extract
    • 10 mL corn syrup 
    • Gel food colouring
  1. Mix meringue powder with about 45 mL of water, let sit for a few minutes 
  2. Stir in vanilla and corn syrup 
  3. Using an electric mixer with the whisk attachment, start mixing icing sugar and salt at low speed 
  4. Add meringue powder mixture 
  5. Slowly add in more warm water until shiny and desired consistency (thicker for outlining and thinner for filling)
  6. Add gel food colouring 

This recipe is also part of the Canadian Food Creatives’ round up. Our topic this month is “Bring On Spring” !  Be sure to check out the links below for more Spring recipes from other Canadian Food Bloggers. You can also find them on social media using the hashtag #CDNFoodCreatives. Many thanks to Melanie Maxwell at The Refreshanista for hosting. 





25 thoughts on “Rose Water Sugar Cookies 

  1. maria

    So, so pretty and just perfect for spring. The blossoms must be spectaculer to see… your daughter has captured the moment in her illustration. Great collaboration on a wonderful theme… we are ready for spring!!!

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    1. tinysweettooth Post author

      Thanks Jo-Anna! This is the first time I use rose water, my daughter and I tried just tasting it on its own and it tastes like perfume !😝….It’s much nicer when it’s in the cookies! 😊


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  7. killingthyme

    These are stunning! I’ve never had rose water before, but with the sweetness of the cookies, I can’t imagine it being anything short of amazing. I wish I had he patience to decorate cookies like you, man oh man. I have zero problem crafting fancy Ramen bowls or rolling up dozens of spring rolls, but decorating confections? NOPE. It always just ends up looking like I dropped my dessert on the way to wherever, so I bake sparingly… lol. Amaaaaazing work, girl.

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    1. tinysweettooth Post author

      Thanks! It did take awhile for me to decorate those cookies, I wish I could be better at designing them, rather than just boring drizzles. Ramen bowls and spring rolls! I think my son would rather me do that than giving him some pink flower cookies! 😁


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  9. Loreto Nardelli

    Hi Vicky, love these cookies so creative and artistic, and breath nothing but joy and fun!. The use of rose water is brilliant. It gives such a subtle and smooth flavor, and I always feel peaceful when I taste it and smell it, great work. You daughter is truly an artist at heart, such lovely representation of simplicity and elegance, with a side of humor.
    Happy Easter to you and your family!
    from Loreto@SugarLoveSpices

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