Rose Water Gelees


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!

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
13 mins
Additional Time:
12 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
12 hrs 38 mins
64 1-inch squares


  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil, or to taste

  • 1 ⅔ cups cold water, divided

  • 7 teaspoons unflavored gelatin

  • 2 ⅓ cups white sugar

  • 3 tablespoons strained fresh lemon juice

  • 4 teaspoons rose water

  • 2 drops red food coloring

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch, or as needed


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

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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 (per serving)

30 Calories
0g Fat
8g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 64
Calories 30
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 1mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 1mg 0%
Potassium 1mg 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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