Maybe it was a mistake she'd made? Maybe something was missing in the recipe? I had to know. In looking at the recipe, I guessed it was missing some flour. But how much?
The first batch of cookies turned out just as the customer had said - they spread out together, a mess. They were too moist to roll into balls, as well. The recipe called for 3/4 cup of flour, with rose flower water, and the other ingredients.
|The lighter colored ones were from the old recipe, the second trial was better but still not quite right.|
I made a second batch, adding an additional one cup of flour. The cookies turned out like they should, but had little rose flavor. The rose water I was using was some I'd had in the pantry for no telling how long. I hate to throw spices and such things away. So I made another batch, this time omitting the rose water and replacing it with 1 1/2 tablespoons of rose syrup and an additional 1/4 cup of flour. The cookies came out rosy! (I made it with both 1 3/4 cups of flour, and also 2 cups, both work but the 2 cups made the cookies too crisp the following day).
|Rose syrup works better in this recipe.|
When I retyped the recipe from my notes, or possibly when the book designer retyped it, the one was left out. The difference between making a large pancake, and cookies apparently is one cup of flour!
Here's the revised recipe and this one works just fine. Try it. These are dainty little nibbles. (Note, when adding the rose syrup, if the dough isn't stiff enough, add a bit more flour, but the amounts listed below work well).
Tiny Rose Cookies
Dainty little nibbles for tea time.
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 3/4 cups flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons rose syrup
Tiny pinch of mace or 2 drops vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 370 degrees F.
Cream sugar and butter, then add remaining ingredients, mixing well. Chill in refrigerator for 10 minutes. Roll pinches of dough into marble-sized balls and place about an inch apart on a greased baking sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes or until edges brown. Cool on wire rack. Makes approximately 30 cookies.
|Marble sized pinches of dough, ready to bake.|
See my earlier posts about a good source for excellent rose water from Urbanherbal.com.