Thursday, April 2, 2015

Spring-inspired rose water sugar cookies

How are your Easter celebration plans coming along?

I've been busy all week refining our Easter menu, and working on fun and special details for our kids, and my niece and nephews.

I thought it would be fun to share the recipe -  and a few photos -  of the bunny-shaped rose water sugar cookies that I'll be baking for my family this weekend to accompany our Easter dessert menu that will include a Lemon Honey Cream Ice Box Cake and Orange Spice Crumb Cake muffins.

These pretty little cookies are tender, smell like roses . . . and taste like sweet lemons. I love them!

I'm planning on tucking them into baskets and centerpieces, as well as placing them at our place settings for an extra special treat.

I baked some for our children's teachers this afternoon . . . and packaged them in clear cellophane bags with a little Easter grass and chocolate eggs. They came out darling!

I hope that I've inspired you to bake a batch of rose water sugar cookies with your little ones this weekend! Happy Spring baking!

rose water sugar cookies
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2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
12 Tablespoons (1 ½  sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup granulated sugar
½  teaspoon pure lemon extract
½ teaspoons rose water 
1 egg, room temperature
 powder sugar (instead of flour) for rolling out dough
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You can find Rose Water in the International aisle of your market. 
It costs approximately $3-10 per bottle, depending on where you buy it.
Watermelon & rose water recipe, here.

To make the cookies, in a bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt . . . set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the flat beater, beat the butter and granulated sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Beat in the egg, lemon, and rose water. Reduce the speed to low and add the flour mixture in three additions, scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition. Mix until just combined.

Form the dough into a flattened ball, wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 3 hours or as long as overnight.

Preheat an oven to 350°F.

Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. 

On a lightly floured powder sugar surface, roll out the dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Using cookie cutters, cut out desired shapes. Transfer to the prepared baking sheets, spacing cookies about 2 inches apart, and bake until just golden around the edges, 10 to 15 minutes, depending on the size of the cookies. Transfer the pans to wire racks and let cool for 5 minutes, then remove the cookies from the pans and let cool completely.

For a tender, slightly chewy cookie - do NOT over-bake. 

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  1. Classy, simply gorgeous. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Those are adorable!! I'm saving the recipe to make for our next family get together!! Thank you for the recipe -- it sounds delicious and the photos are stunning!!

  3. So cute, and they sound delicious. I didn't do my usual Easter, cut out, sugar cookies this year. We're hosting, so it got bumped to the bottom of the priority list. Tonight was egg dying. Tomorrow is the mad dash to the finish line. Enjoy your holiday weekend with family!

  4. I pinned your recipe. I even have rose water. Love the idea of using confectioners sugar. As always love your styling and photos.

  5. I always learn something new from you-like cooking with rose water! These are adorable, and I love the ribbon touch. I hope you had an enjoyable Easter with your family!!

  6. These cookies are so cute and sound delicious! I've never baked with rose water, I will have to give it at try. Thanks for sharing at What'd You Do This Weekend?!

  7. Gorgeous like everything you do! And sugar cookies are one of my favorites!
    Thanks so much for sharing on Something to Talk About! Pinning!

  8. What a sweet gift for your children's teachers. Thanks for sharing your recipe...I may even make 2 batches and use orange water in one.

  9. these are so simply cute remind me of those of eras gone pastc
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  10. Love how you wrapped them individually with the cute bows and choco eggs. Thanks for sharing on the Thursday Blog Hop! Soooo Cute!

  11. These are darling! Love the bows!

  12. These are so cute! I bet they smell awesome, too :)

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  13. Hi there again! Visiting from the Creative Ways Link Party this time! Beautiful cookies and photos.

  14. Hello!! Just wanted to let you know I will be using this in a round up (posting soon) from the Teach Me Tuesday party! Very much appreciate you linking up with us ;)

  15. What beautiful cookies! Love how you photographed them! Thanks for joining Home Sweet Home!

  16. Yum! They sound delicious. They are so cute in the wheat grass! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  17. Anonymous3:15 PM

    These are super cute…especially with the little ribbons :-)
    Thanks for linking up at the Talented Tuesday Link Party :-) It would be great if you joined us again this week!

  18. Um Suzanne I think I'm going to come hang at your house. Between your Spring menu and these cookies you are my new favorite non-restaurant.

    Thank you for sharing on Simple Saturdays.

    Hugs from Oklahoma,

    Cottage Making Mommy


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