Pistachio and Rose Cookies

When I think about Moroccan desserts, I think about fresh and dried fruits, nuts, spices and essences from rose and orange flower. I love the idea of using pistachios and rosewater in cookies – the combination is very romantic to me and great for Valentine’s Day. So after some researching, I found a great vegan recipe fromVeganomicon. It contains cardamom, rosewater, lime zest and juice and of course, pistachios. A combination of all things Moroccan. I used rose syrup in the recipe, which gave the cookies slightly pink hue. The cookies are on the crispier side, but to soften them up and to up the romance factor, I like to serve them with rose whipped cream. For a vegan whipped cream, you can use the fat from a can of coconut milk (click here to see a video).

What You Need:
1 ¼ cups sugar
½ cup canola oil
3 tbsp rice or soy milk
1 tbsp rose syrup (plus 4 tbsp for whipped cream)
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp fresh lime juice
1 tsp grated lime zest
¼ cup cornstarch
1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp ground cardamom
½ cup shelled pistachios, roughly chopped
1 cup whipping cream (or coconut fat)

What to Do:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease two baking pans (I like to use silicon mats).

In a mixing bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients: sugar, oil, rice or soy milk, rose syrup, vanilla extract, lime juice and zest. Add the cornstarch and whisk until dissolved. Mix in the flour, baking powder, salt and cardamom.

Roll the dough into balls about 2 teaspoons in size and press the tops into the chopped pistachios. Press down with two fingers, the dough will flatten a bit and pistachios will stick to the dough.

Place the cookies, nut side up on your baking sheet. You can fit 16 on a sheet, but I would go with 12 since the cookies spread apart a bit as they cook. The original recipe says to bake for 13 minutes, but mine baked in about 9 or 10. So just keep an eye on them and take them out when the edges begin to brown.

Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Then transfer to a cooling rack until they are completely cool.

As you wait for the cookies to cool, make the whipped cream. In a mixing bowl, use an electric beater to mix together 1 cup of whipping cream and 4 tablespoons of rose syrup. Serve with the cookies.

About the Author

Currently based out of Boston, Jesal is a blogger, freelance writer, yoga enthusiast and lifelong vegetarian who spent four years eating her way through New York City and various other cities around the globe. After answering hundreds of emails and phone calls answering the question, "Where's a cool place I can take my vegetarian friend out to eat" she started Veggiewala to efficiently share her knowledge of the vegetarian food scene with curious carnivores, flexitarians and other vegetarians.