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Middle Eastern pistachio rosewater shortbread cookies | ethnicspoon.com
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Pistachio Rosewater Cookies Recipe

Here is a simple recipe for pistachio rosewater cookies.  These an easy to make Middle Eastern style shortbread cookie with exotic flavors. 

Course Dessert
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Keyword baking, cookies, exotic flavors, pistachio, rosewater, shortbread
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Chill time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 25 minutes
Servings: Change to adjust-> 12 servings
Calories 218 kcal



  1. In a food processor place flour, pistachios, powdered sugar and salt. Pulse a few times until well blended.
  2. Add the butter 1 cube at a time and pulse to combine, then add the rosewater, vanilla and water. Blend until the mixture begins to form a ball. Tip: Taste the dough for the level of rosewater flavor you want at this step. Add more as needed to taste.

  3. Remove from food processor and place on a lightly floured surface. Bring together into a large ball.
  4. Cut ball into two equal parts.
  5. Roll out each part into a 9" log. Wrap with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for about 3 hours.
  6. Preheat oven to 325°F.

  7. Cut cookies into ½ inch circles and bake approximately 12-15 minutes or until they appear golden brown on the edge.
  8. Sprinkle with powdered sugar after cool.

Recipe Notes

  1. Frequently Asked Questions:

    • How long can I freeze these pistachio rosewater shortbread cookies? You can freeze them in an airtight container with freezer paper between layers of cookies. Be sure they are completely cooled before storing. They will store nicely for up to 6 months.This is a great cookie to make in advance for Christmas.
    • Do I have to refrigerate the cookies? No, you do not. You can store these in an airtight container at room temperature for about a week.
    • Can I store the cookie dough? Yes, wrap the dough tightly and you can store it in the refrigerator for 3-5 days. You can then remove the dough, slice then bake.
Nutrition Facts
Pistachio Rosewater Cookies Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 218 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 30mg10%
Sodium 99mg4%
Potassium 75mg2%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 375IU8%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 12mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.