Rose Water Recipes

From ice cream and Turkish delights to floral flavored cakes and puddings, find dozens of recipes made with rose water.

Staff Picks

Springtime Citrus Cooler

Rating: 4.5 stars 10
A springtime and summer favorite in our house, this citrus flavored drink refreshes nicely and serves as a great alternative to tea or water at a brunch.


Rating: 4 stars 51
Light and delicate choux pastry puffs filled with fresh cream and covered with warm chocolate ganache sauce are so easy to make, but everyone will think you are a master pastry chef!

Peach Curd

Rating: 5 stars 9
This is a variation on lemon curd, but made with peaches. We love it with scones or spread on toast or pound cake.

Apricot Almond Pilaf

Rating: 4.5 stars 10
A sumptuous but easy Persian-inspired dish. Rosewater can be found in Middle Eastern groceries and in many large supermarkets. The carrot, saffron, and apricots make for a beautiful gold color. Add a pinch of cinnamon or cardamom along with the saffron, if desired.

Colorful Tomato Salad with Rose Water Dressing

Rating: 5 stars 1
This is a fresh salad my husband and I eat a lot during the warm summer days. Garnish with peanuts or pine nuts.

Rose Ice Cream

Rating: 5 stars 11
Go on, indulge yourself with this exotic combination of rose and saffron. Serve this ice cream for dessert to your guests next time you host a party and wow them! Cashews and almonds also go well with this ice cream.

Moroccan Peach Roasted Chicken

Rating: 4.5 stars 32
A true crowd pleaser, this sweet chicken is very juicy and goes very well with white rice. I have modified it from an original Djedjad recipe which calls for apricots.

Rice Pudding with Rose Water

Rating: 5 stars 5
My mother passed me this recipe. It is a rice pudding recipe that is special because it reminds me of childhood. Rosewater is wonderful in many desserts, especially in this recipe for rice pudding. This recipe is special to me because of the rosewater. It adds a flavor that takes you to another part of the world where you imagine yourself walking through a souk. Serve chilled.

Sixteenth Century Orange Chicken

Rating: 4 stars 17
This recipe was adapted by me from a housewife's kitchen guide published in 1594! The sauce is slightly sweet, but very good.


Rating: 4.5 stars 26
A favorite Palestinian dessert! Crunchy shredded phyllo dough is baked with a layer of creamy sweet cheese and then drenched in rosewater syrup. It's simple yet impressive. The cheese filling is traditionally made from Nabulsi cheese that is desalted. The ricotta-mozzarella mix is a great substitute, and lower-fat products can be used. If you have access to a Middle Eastern grocery, you can probably find kanafa dye, which turns the dough into the orange or reddish color that is the signature of kanafa.

Kheer (Rice Pudding)

Rating: 4.5 stars 197
This is a very flavorful Indian rice pudding. It's the best rice pudding I've ever had, and very easy to make!

Gulab Jamun

Rating: 3.5 stars 48
This is a traditional Indian dessert. Spongy milky balls soaked in rose scented syrup. Delicious with fresh cream, Kulfi, ice cream etc. To make it even more fancy, sprinkle gold-leaf on top of each serving.

Inspiration and Ideas

The Rebbetzin Chef's Persian Walnut Cookies
Rating: Unrated 28
These delicately-spiced, rose-scented cookies are the perfect treat for Passover since they contain no flour. They are nutty and rich, slightly chewy with a crunchy exterior. Pistachios or almonds can be substituted for the walnuts.
Lebanese Easter Cookies
Rating: Unrated 4
These cookies are made in my mom's home village of Baalbek, in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley, a week before Easter. They are such a hit, everyone asks for the recipe. They taste good and they're not hard to prepare, especially if you add the right ingredients.
Yazdi Cakes
Rating: 4.5 stars 37

A recipe passed to me from my great-grandmother, these cakes are light and not too sweet. The cardamom and rosewater give it a distinctive Persian flavor. These are best served with hot tea or coffee.