Rosewater Glace Cardamom Shortbread Cookies

Rosewater Glace Cardamom Shortbread Cookies: Dessert Recipes by Little Miss Bakery

Guys, I’m totally LOVING Jen Sencillo’s You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life.

A lot of what she’s saying I have already discovered for myself. Her philosophy resonates with my experience and meshes well with what I’ve come to believe. I’ve just finished the section in which she advocates for meditation and positive thinking and why this is so important. She talks how the act of quieting the swarm of thoughts in our brains helps us to get in touch with our core and thus with the universe. In order to shine as the brightest version of ourselves, this connection, this convergence of similar wavelengths, is essential.

She made a great point, one that has stuck with me. Infinite possibilities exist for us and the outcomes of our lives. The universe wants us to reach our fullest potential. To do this our thoughts and intentions need to vibrate on it’s same wavelength. This is harder than it sounds and requires a lot of practice. We subconsciously place many limits on our lives. I know I’m guilty! Why is it so terrifying to let go of these limitations and own our unique, beautiful selves?

She puts it so much more elegantly than I do. I’ll probably read the book twice (nerd). If you’re new to meditation, here’s a great resource to help you get started. Trust me, you won’t regret it.

Let’s talk cookies. These rosewater shortbread cookies are definitely in sync with the universe. They are the best version of their pretty little selves!

Rosewater Glace Cardamom Shortbread Cookies: Dessert Recipes by Little Miss Bakery

Rosewater Glace Cardamom Shortbread Cookies: Dessert Recipes by Little Miss Bakery

There is about 40 minutes of actual work time to make these cookies, spread over a couple hours for chilling, baking, and cooling.

These guys were easy. You don’t often find a swanky cookie recipe with only 8 ingredients! The elevations lies in those ingredients, the cardamom in the dough and a dash of rosewater in the glace. The pistachios give that extra crunch and salt on top.

The preparation is simple, though there’s a bit of wait time involved. After preparing the dough, I found it easiest to roll out the dough on a floured and then chill it for about 20 minutes. The cookies hold their shape better. They’ll need to cool completely after baking, and then the icing needs to harden for about 30 minutes after you glaze.

I brought these to a tea party and they were adored by all. Here’s to hoping you take a little time today to smell the roses, quiet all those thoughts, and connect with the universe. Om!

Rosewater Glace Cardamom Shortbread Cookies: Dessert Recipes by Little Miss Bakery

Only 8 ingredients are needed to make this sophisticated and delicious cookie.

Looking for other amazing cookies?  Chai Lebkuchen Hearts and Cucidati are perfect with coffee.  Dark Chocolate Cashew Butter Cookies are good always!

Rosewater Glace Cardamom Shortbread Cookies

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Serves: 15 Cooking Time: 40 minutes work time + 2 hours


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 powdered sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 tsp cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp rosewater
  • 1 tsp corn syrup
  • 1 tbsp + 1/2 tsp water
  • About 3 tbsp crushed pistachios



First, prepare the dough. Cream butter and 1/2 cup powdered sugar together. Add cardamom and flour and mix until smooth.


Roll dough out to 1/4 in thickness onto a floured surface (I used a cookie sheet). Refrigerate for about 20 minutes.


Preheat oven to 325F. Grease another cookie sheet. Cut shapes from the dough, rolling out scraps and continuing to cut until the dough is used up. Place on cookie sheet about 1- 2 inches apart.


Bake cookies for 20 minutes, or until beginning to brown on edges. Remove, place on wire rack and allow to cool.


When cookies are cool, make the glaze. Combine remaining powdered sugar, corn syrup, water, and rosewater in a small bowl. Place a dollop on 1 -3 cookies at a time (about 1/2 tbsp each) and spread around the cookie. icing will begin to harden quickly. Immediately sprinkle pistachios on glace on glaze before moving to the next cookie.


Allow glaze to completely harden for about 30 minutes.


Cookies can be kept up to 5 days in airtight container at room temperature. Dough can be made ahead of time and frozen up to 3 months.

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