Refrigerator Pistachio-Rosewater Cookies

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My family lived in Teheran, Iran when I was 10 years old. Dad was USAF and sent there to train their pilots on F-84’s and F-86’s.   I just loved the wonderful pastries and baked goods in the Iranian and German bakeries there.  Rosewater is a commonly used flavoring in the Middle East, as much as we use vanilla, actually.  One particular sugar-type cookie we used to get there, made with pistachio nuts, was a fav.

I decided today I would try my hand at a basic low-carb refrigerator sugar cookie recipe, using alternate flours, of course.  The resulting cookie was quite nice and a good stand-in for old-fashioned refrigerator sliceable cookie dough.  As the roll of dough will keep for a long time in the refrigerator or freezer, you can slice off and bake just as many as you like.  The total recipe of dough will make about 4 dozen cookies, if they are sliced about ¼” thick.   This recipe is not suitable until the grains rung of OWL.  This basic dough, minus the pistachios, would make an excellent plain refrigerator cookie, using 1½ tsp. vanilla for the flavoring instead of rosewater.

This is my first experiment using the bake mix of a former member of Low Carb Friends forums, KevinPa.  Sadly, Kevin passed away a few years ago.  His baking expertise in the low-carb kitchen is sorely missed by folks like me who greatly admired his culinary prowess.  The various bake mixes and flour substitutes called for in this recipe can be varied with likely the same good result.  So if you don’t have the ingredients for Kevin’s bake mix, you could just use all Jennifer’s mix and get about the same result.

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Note:  this is NOT a gluten-free recipe!


2 sticks butter, unsalted, softened

2 small or 1 large egg

¼ tsp. salt

2 oz. pistachios, coarsely chopped

1 T. + 1 tsp. rosewater (I use Sadaf brand I order on-line)

½ c. granular Splenda¼ c. erythritol

1 c. KevinPa’s Bake Mix, (see my modified version below, or use other low-carb mix)

½ almond flour

½ c. Jennifer Eloff’s Splendid LowCarb Bake Mix

2 T. Carbquik Bake Mix

1 T. oat fiber

DIRECTIONS:  In a medium bowl, soften the butter and beat the egg into it well.  Add the salt, nuts, sweeteners and rosewater.  Measure and mix in each of the bake mixes.  Mix well and shape into a log on waxed paper.  Roll the log up snugly and chill for about 2 hours.  Preheat oven to 350º.  Slice off in ¼” slices and place on silicone or parchment lined baking sheet (these don’t spread much during cooking.   Bake for 10-12 minutes (don’t let get too brown) and remove to cool.  Ice with your favorite cream cheese frosting with 1/2 tsp. rosewater added and sprinkle with some finely chopped pistachios, if desired.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes about 48 cookies, each contains (does not include icing or nut garnish):

63.63 calories

5.68 g  fat

2.10 g  carbs, 1.10 g  fiber, 1.0 NET CARBS

1.83 g  protein

19.9 mg sodium

KevinPa’s Bake Mix (my modified version of it):

½ c. Carbalose flour

¼ c. wheat protein isolate 5000

1 T.  wheat protein isolate 8000

1½ T. almond flour

1½ T. resistant WHEAT starch (Kevin used resistant corn starch)

1¼ tsp. Splenda

½ tsp. xanthan gum (Kevin used a discontinued product called Not/Sugar)

2 thoughts on “Refrigerator Pistachio-Rosewater Cookies

  1. Janet Riness

    Peggy you gave us a link to the blog of the Gourmet Girl. I want to get on a list to get her new recipes BUT I do not do anything other than email. Would you advise me as to how to get on a list to get her information. I do not use Microsoft email to contact her personally. I love getting your recipes and have been making some that I like, thank you for your sharing your talents. Janet

    On Fri, Jan 29, 2016 at 11:43 AM, Buttonis Low Carb Recipes wrote:

    > Peggy posted: ” My family lived in Teheran, Iran when I was 10 years old > and I just loved the wonderful pastries and baked goods in the Iranian and > German bakeries there. Rosewater is a commonly used flavoring in the > Middle East. One sugar-type cookie we used to ge” >

    1. Not sure I know what link you’re talking about, as there is no link to Gourmet Girl Cooks in this recipe. I would think you’ll have to go to her site and ask her for alternative methods. She does have a Facebook page and you could follow here there. She has a link to follow her Instagram on her page as well as a subscription option in the margin of her page.

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