Pistachio Rose Sugar Cookies

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!

Pistachio Rose Sugar Cookies

Pistachio Rose Sugar Cookies

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.

Pistachio Rose Sugar Cookies

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.


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rose-flavored sugar cookies dipped in white chocolate and topped with pistachios

yield: 22-24 cookies



Sugar 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


Sugar Cookies

  1. Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a mixing bowl. Set aside.
  2. 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.
  3. Mix in the egg and rose water until incorporated.
  4. 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.
  5. Divide the dough into 2. Flatten each piece and wrap with plastic wrap. Chill for 2 hours.
  6. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  7. 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.
  8. Use a cookie cutter of your choice to cut the dough. Gently transfer the cookies to a parchment-lined sheet pan using a spatula.
  9. 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.


  1. Melt the white chocolate over a double boiler until smooth.
  2. 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.
  3. Use the tip of a spoon to create a random swirly pattern.
  4. 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.

Pistachio Rose Sugar Cookies

105 thoughts on “Pistachio Rose Sugar Cookies

  1. 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!

  2. I will make these cookies next Christmas.. I made pistachio rose shortbread cookies this season.. I absolutely loved them..

  3. 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!

  4. 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!!!

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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,

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. These are gorgeous and I love that they’re SO festive without being traditional green/red! Totally making them

  11. 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.

  12. 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!????????????

  13. 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 !!

    1. 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!

  14. These are lovely! I laugh that you included to rinse hand of toppings occasionally. I call it lick fingers then wash.

    1. 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 🙂

  15. 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!

    1. 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!

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