This recipe is a lighter, more delicate version of an ancient traditional candy, called lokum or Turkish delight. It's easy to make, keeps well and offers a haunting flavor that makes it an instant favorite. Great for gift giving!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
13 mins
additional:
12 hrs 15 mins
total:
12 hrs 38 mins
Servings:
64
Yield:
64 1-inch squares
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Ingredients

64
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Directions

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  • Grease an 8-inch square pan with vegetable oil.

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  • Place 2/3 cup water in a small bowl. Sprinkle gelatin on top; let stand until softened, about 15 minutes.

  • Combine remaining 1 cup water, sugar, and lemon juice in a saucepan over medium heat; bring to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves. Increase heat and boil syrup, covered, for 3 minutes.

  • Uncover saucepan and attach a candy thermometer to the side; continue cooking syrup until the temperature reaches 238 degrees F (114 degrees C), about 5 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in gelatin mixture carefully until completely dissolved. Mix in rose water and red food coloring.

  • Pour syrup into the greased pan. Let stand at room temperature until gelled, about 4 hours. Cover with plastic wrap and chill, 8 hours to overnight.

  • Cut gelled mixture into 1-inch squares. Dust with cornstarch.

Cook's Note:

Rose water is available at Middle Eastern and specialty food stores.

Nutrition Facts

30 calories; protein 0.2g; carbohydrates 7.5g 2% DV; fat 0.1g; cholesterolmg; sodium 0.7mg. Full Nutrition

Reviews (4)

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Rating: 4 stars
12/19/2018
I did not make any changes to the recipe. These turned out amazing and delicious. I will definitely make them again!! Read More

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
03/07/2020
The rose water is taste a lot like perfume when made. Also why the cornstarch? Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
10/01/2019
Never again… Read More
Rating: 3 stars
10/04/2018
I don't know about this recipe. They are definitely rose flavored gelees but the texture is all wrong for Turkish delight. These were super dense like jello instead of soft and airy like Turkish delight. I found the flavor fine but the texture inauthentic and unpleasant. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
03/06/2020
The rose water is taste a lot like perfume when made. Also why the cornstarch? Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/18/2018
I did not make any changes to the recipe. These turned out amazing and delicious. I will definitely make them again!! Read More