These pistachio rose sugar cookies are so beautiful and delicately flavored with rose water. They’re topped with melted white chocolate, crunchy pistachios, and rose petals for a festive touch. They’d make for such a unique addition to your Christmas cookie spread!
We are officially just a few weeks away from Christmas, and I’m starting to plan my Christmas cookies. I wanted to create a cookie that’s fresh and exciting to add to the mix of classics this year. And these pistachio rose sugar cookies did not disappoint.
I took a plain sugar cookie and added a touch of rose water to the dough. You can buy this at Whole Foods, and trust me, a little bit goes a long way. It completely infuses the cookies with a subtle, really lovely rose flavor.
I think the cookies are perfectly good plain. They’re sweet and simple. But to make them really beautiful, I dipped them in melted white chocolate and added a dusting of pistachios and rose petals.
They turned out so well, especially when using a Christmas tree cookie cutter. I hope you give them a try!
Note: here’s where you can find dried rose petals.Print
Pistachio Rose Sugar Cookies
rose-flavored sugar cookies dipped in white chocolate and topped with pistachios
yield: 22-24 cookies
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- ¾ tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp kosher salt
- 2 sticks butter, softened
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp rose water
- powdered sugar (for rolling)
- 12 oz white chocolate, finely chopped
- ½ cup pistachios, finely chopped
- ¼ cup dried rose petals
- Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a mixing bowl. Set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine the butter and sugar. Cream the butter and sugar for a few minutes until light and fluffy, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
- Mix in the egg and rose water until incorporated.
- Add the dry ingredients. Mix on low speed, and then raise the speed to medium and mix until the dough starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl.
- Divide the dough into 2. Flatten each piece and wrap with plastic wrap. Chill for 2 hours.
- Preheat the oven to 375°F.
- Roll the dough out to ¼” on a clean surface dusted very lightly with powdered sugar (dust a little powdered sugar on top, too, if the dough starts to stick). Work gently and quickly with the dough. You don’t want the dough to get too warm.
- Use a cookie cutter of your choice to cut the dough. Gently transfer the cookies to a parchment-lined sheet pan using a spatula.
- Bake the cookies for 8 minutes, turning the pan half way through. Let cool for 5 minutes. Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to finish cooling.
- Melt the white chocolate over a double boiler until smooth.
- Gently dip the cookies face-down into the white chocolate. Be extremely gentle as these will easily break. It helps to hold the cookie with a light grip and rinse your fingers of any chocolate periodically.
- Use the tip of a spoon to create a random swirly pattern.
- Sprinkle half of each cookie with the pistachios and a few rose petals. Let set.
To get the look of the cookies as I show in the photos, I used a nut chopper to “grind” half of the rose petals. This creates a pretty “pink dust” look. I then added a few whole rose petals over top as well.
105 thoughts on “Pistachio Rose Sugar Cookies”
Those are beautiful!
Thank you!! One of my Christmas favorites 🙂
Going to try make these for a Christmas party! Can’t wait, these cookies looks so amazing
? I can’t wait to make these!
These are possibly the most beautiful cookies I’ve ever seen.
Stunning! I must try…thank you or sharing! HAPPY HOLIDAYS
It looks so delicious and cute ☺️
Can’t wait to try these! I’ve already made a few rose & pistachio-topped holiday cookies, so these look perfect to add to the list!
I will make these cookies next Christmas.. I made pistachio rose shortbread cookies this season.. I absolutely loved them..
gorgeous. i just adore roses!
Did you put salted or unsalted pistachios?
Rose & pistachio are one of my favorite flavor combos. Can’t wait to try these!
These cookies are absolutely beautiful and I love the fun twist on a classi!
Beautiful! I can’t wait to try these cookies. The rose water has me very intrigued and it’s making me think of other possible uses. Amazing that people just happen to have culinary rose petals in their kitchens! Love it!
These look delicious!
I’ve planned my holiday cookies out already but I think I need to add one more recipe to the list! These are stunning and a perfect way to use the rose petals hanging out in my cupboard. Yum!!!
Omg ! I can’t wait to try these! My mom looooovvvves pistachio! ?
Can’t wait to try! Looks delicious 🙂
These are so pretty I can only imagine how delicious they are!
These just may be the prettiest Christmas cookies I’ve ever seen! Pick me, pick me! 😉
These look amazing and probably taste even more amazing! I can’t wait to try it out. ❤️
The swirls give such a wonderful texture ❤️
These are sooooo beautiful!
These sound amazing. I love the addition of a floral flavor and can’t wait to try them. I’ll make them in honor of my daughter Anna Rose!
These are the prettiest Christmas cookies I’ve seen this year!❤️?
I wasn’t planning on baking cookies, but these would be hard to pass up! Love your creativity!
These are just gorgeous! I’m gonna add this recipe to my cookie list for sure!
So glad to have this recipe! These cookies are adorable!
These are gorgeous! Stunners in a world of also-rans! ❄️?❄️
I am not huge fan of sugar cookies because I think they are sorta bland. Rose water and pistachio might be just the trick to change my mind.
These are gorgeous! ?
I don’t normally like sugar cookies but these are beautiful and I love the combination of pistachio and rose!
I can’t wait to make these!
wow! I hope that if I make these they turn out half as beautiful. The look amazing and I’m sure they taste great too,
These are stunning! As I can’t have dairy, I will be trying it without the chocolate but the pistachios will likely be added. Thank you!
Wish I had seen this a week ago! My girls and I already had our annual cookie swap! Definitely, saving this recipe for next year.
These are gorgeous and I love that they’re SO festive without being traditional green/red! Totally making them
Pistachio and rose is my favorite combination. It’s even more pleasing to see how pretty these cookies turned out! Love them. Thanks for sharing.
Perfectly pretty and perfect for the season!
Beautiful cookies I will definitely be trying this recipe in a couple of weeks. I love the decoration idea
These are the most beautiful cookies I’ve ever seen ???
This recipe is a work of art it is so gorgeous! I can not wait to try it out for myself ❤️
These are so beautiful and elegant! Can’t wait to make them this weekend!
These are so very pretty! I don’t think I’ve ever tasted rose water before.
Ohhh laaa laaah ?Santa is going to love this cookie ??
These flavors remind me of my Persian friends!
You had me at pistachios! So pretty!
Frosting design is fabulous. Love the flare! Fantastic mix of colors and flavors for the holidays. A sweet festive surprise to add to my tablescape on Christmas Day!????????????
I’m excited to make these! Beautiful!
One of my favorite recipes you’ve shared thus far! You’re amazing! I can’t wait to make these!
Pistachios are my favorite! Keeping this recipe for all year round treats!
These cookies are absolutely beautiful! the swirl details just take these over the top. i want to make these!
These are gorgeous cookies! How do you make the icing so swirly?
These look amazing!!
These look absolutely amazing ??
These are stunning!
These are gorgeous, totally beats obnoxious Xmas green! Can’t wait to make some!
So excited to try these out. Right up my alley!
I am so making these! Thank you for sharing your talent and knowledge with the rest of us!!
You have no idea how much I need these in my life Kayla! Thanks for being amazing ladyyyyy ❤️?
These flavors are calling my name. Such a gorgeous cookie!
these are so pretty – might have to add to my must bake list!
Where do you get the dried rose petals from?
Can’t wait to try these!
Thanks so much, Leo! I hope you love them.
Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe!
Can’t wait to try these beauties
This is a must try, sooo good!
Those cookies are so pretty I wouldn’t want to eat them! ?
These look and sound amazing! Rose water in sugar cookies?! Yes!
Kayla these cookies are absolutely a show stopper. I think everyone will be wowed if I make these and they are so straight forward. Love rose water and this is brilliant. Happy Christmas !!
The perfect midnight snack! Ooh, or with an espresso! ????
Oooooh I like the way you think! Definitely will be eating these again very soon, espresso in hand!
I just want to spend a week cooking and baking with you ?
Aw, thanks Rhonda!! 🙂
Cannot wait to make these delicious tasty looking treats!
I’m so glad, Aleesha! I can’t wait for you to try them!!
Thank you, I appreciate it!
you/these are amazing!!!
Ugh MISS YA! I so appreciate it.
These are just gorgeous and I bet they taste even better!
Thank you so much, Lacey! One of my favorite new recipes. I hope you get to try!
They’re beautiful ! Do you think that sugar icing would make a nice variation? Or would it be too sweet?
Thanks, Marina! In my opinion, they are definitely already pretty sweet with the white chocolate. I think they were great plain, and then the white chocolate took them to a “holiday” level. I do think, though, that white chocolate and icing are fairly similar in sweetness, so it could be a fine swap. Hope this helps and happy holidays!
Thanks so much!
These look delicious- I can’t wait to give them a try.
Can’t wait for you to try them either. Thanks and happy holidays, Colleen!
These are lovely! I laugh that you included to rinse hand of toppings occasionally. I call it lick fingers then wash.
Hahaha! It felt odd to type that, but it was the one thing that seemed to help when dipping the cookies! I think the chocolate on my fingers would stick to the chocolate in the bowl and cause the cookie to snap. ….I definitely like your approach better 🙂
I would love to try this recipe!!!
Thanks, Cassidy! They are truly so delicious 🙂
Thank you! Happy holidays!!
It’s always a treat when something so beautiful, and I’m sure delicious, is not overly complicated to make. Yep, these are getting made. Thank you!
So happy to hear! I totally agree, it doesn’t have to be complicated to be special and unique. Especially for the holidays. I hope you love them!
These are so beautiful! I cant wait to make them :):)
Thank you so much! I hope you LOVE them.
I cannot get over how pretty these are! I’d totally put these out on Christmas for decoration (no eating)! ?
Hahaha you and me both! I seriously might save some and put them on a plate in my apartment…