Rice Cookies with Cardamom and Rose Water

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Author Notes: This recipe is in homage to my friend Asma, a Kurdish lady whom I befriended in Beirut. The cookies originate from Kermanshah, a beautiful and mountainous region where rice is grown. These cookies are made with rice flour and flavored with cardamom and rose water.Taste of Beirut

Makes 8 cookies

  • 4 ounces unsalted butter, melted
  • 4 ounces granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon rose water
  • 8 ounces rice flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  1. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the melted butter with the sugar. Mix until creamy then add the egg and mix until just combined, then add the rose water.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the flour and baking powder. While continuing to combine the dough, add in the mixture then add the cardamom at the end.
  3. Form a dough. It should be moist but firm. Store in the fridge overnight
  4. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and let it sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  5. Preheat the oven to 250° F and roll out the dough and use a cookie cutter of your choice to shape
  6. Place the cut cookies onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet
  7. Bake for 15 minutes, until the cookies are dry but still white
  8. Remove, allow to cool to room temperature, then serve.

Tags: butter, cardamom, cookies, rice flour, rose water, shortbread

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over 3 years ago JWC

What a beautiful photograph. Where did you find the cookie mold/cookie cutter? It is gorgeous.


over 4 years ago susan g

The photo gave me romantic visions, making the cookies was a simple process, and the taste and texture are both light and earthy. What I missed was your friend Asma to look over my shoulder, and the magic cookie cutters. Just delightful!


over 4 years ago susan g

Is the baking powder added with the flour?


over 4 years ago Taste of Beirut



over 4 years ago FrancesRenHuang

will love to try this!


over 4 years ago Sagegreen

These are really beautiful!