Exotic Spice Cookies With Ginger, Cardamom and Rose Water

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 13 mins

A gorgeous spice cookies that won its category in the Ultimate Recipe Showdown on the Food Network. Courtesy Camilla Saulsbury, Nacogdoches, Texas. Cannot wait to try this one. ***Remember, this dough needs one hour for refrigeration.***

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Whisk the flour, ground ginger, baking soda, cardamom, cinnamon, coriander, pepper and salt in a medium bowl until blended.
  2. Mix in the crystallized ginger and set aside momentarily.
  3. In a large bowl beat the brown sugar, butter and shortening with an electric mixer until fluffy (do not overbeat-it will add too much air).
  4. Add the egg, honey and rosewater and beat until blended.
  5. Stir in the flour mixture with a wooden spoon, mixing until just until blended.
  6. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour.
  7. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  8. Lightly spray 2 cookie sheets with nonstick cooking spray.
  9. Spoon the turbinado sugar in thick layer onto small plate.
  10. Using wet hands, form dough into 1 1/4-inch balls; roll in sugar to coat completely.
  11. Place balls on prepared sheets, spacing 2 to 3 inches apart.
  12. Bake cookies until cracked on top but still soft to touch, about 11 to 13 minutes.
  13. Cool on sheets 1 minute.
  14. Carefully transfer cookies to wire racks; cool completely.
Most Helpful

5 5

What a fun recipe! I love this cookie for its wide range of spices. I was disappointed that I didn't taste the rose water the first time I made it, but the honey flavor came through nicely. The second time I made it, I put the teaspoon of rosewater and blended it with the sugar that you roll the dough in. The sugar becomes coarser and the flavor comes through!

5 5

I LOVED these cookies; made them for my Christmas cookie tray and the little bite from the crystilized ginger gave it that something special. I made it as directed with no changes and it was perfect. The only issue I had is mine spread out to much and didn't look as pretty as your photo but the taste sensation made that a none issue. I'll be including these little taste sensations every year.

5 5

Oh My Gosh, these must be the ultimate spice cookies. I had to change one thing , I used orange water as I didn't have rose water on hand. Other than that, by the book and they came out incredible. They have a nice little thin crisp crust with a soft, tender and scrumptious interior. Not at all difficult to make and they perfume the house with a wonderful spice aroma while baking. This is a keeper!