“The very winds were lovesick,” Shakespeare wrote this in reference to the perfumed air of Cleopatra’s cedarwood ship whose sails were scented with rosewater. So romantic! Just as Cleopatra was, I am in love with this heavenly liquid! I mean come on, it was fit for a queen, now anybody can go to the nearest middle eastern store and pick up high qualitly rosewater for a bargain price.
Rosewater has been valued by many cultures for centuries for its profound healing properties on both a physical and psychological level. Many different religions use rosewater for purification. We use it a lot in my humble abode….we mix it with our lotion and apply it after showers, spray it onto pillowcases before falling asleep (there’s nothing like drifting off to sleep and having rose-scented dreams), and a refreshing cool spritz on a hot summer day is the best! Many of my favorite skin products use essential rose……
I had read somewhere that if you put a little rosewater in your face cream it would make men’s heads turn……I did try this (before I was married of course) and it worked, but on the wrong man! (He He)
We can even cook with rosewater. Many cultures from all over the world have been cooking with it for centuries. Shakespeare also mentions the use of it in cooking when Romeo speaks of “old cakes of roses.” Here’s a delicious rosewater cookie recipe so you can make your own “cakes of roses.”
German Rose Water Cookies
1 c sugar
1/2 c butter
1 egg yolk
1 1/2 t vanilla
1 1/2 t lemon extract
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 c sour cream
1 1/2 t rosewater
3 c flour
Preheat the oven to 325. Cream the sugar and butter. Beat in yolks, vanilla and lemon. Combine the baking soda and sour cream, then stir into the sugar mixture. Add the rosewater. Finally add the flour and salt. Roll out the dough on a floured surface (the dough doesn’t require chilling) and cut with cookie cutters. Bake on greased cookie sheet for 15-20 minutes. Cool and frost with your favorite frosting.
*If you want more of a rosewater taste in this cookie, you need to decrease the amount of lemon extract and increase the rosewater.
These are delicious cookies and would make a great valentine gift! This summer we are going to make our own rosewater. I’ll be sure to let you know how that goes!