Naan-e Keshmeshi – Rosewater and raisin cookies

Sometimes simplicity is the best approach, and these rosewater and raisin cookies are just that: simple. Cream the butter, add eggs, and then the rest, and you’ll have these lightly rose-flavored buttery raisin cookies.

These raisin cookies are very common in Iran, much like chocolate chip cookies in the United States. Though I don’t think you will find Iranians fussing over finding the greatest raisin cookie recipes and there are no references to chunky, crispy, soft, flat, raised, etc.

A word on texture. Though I do call these treats “cookies”, the texture is quite soft, buttery, and sponge-like.


Naan-e Keshmeshi

Omid Roustaei, The Caspian Chef
Rosewater and raisin cookies
4.91 from 11 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Persian
Servings 35 cookies


  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons rose water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour, or all purpose


  • Place an oven rack in the center of the oven, and preheat the oven to 375°F.
  • Line several cookie sheets with parchment paper or baking mats.
  • In a large mixing bowl, vigorously whisk together the butter, vanilla, rose water, salt, and sugar until smooth.
  • Then whisk in the eggs one at a time. Stir until the mixture is creamy.
  • Stir in the raisins and fold in the flour using a rubber spatula until a thick batter forms.
  • Use a small ice cream scoop, spoon, or measure to pick up about 1 tablespoon of the batter at a time. Place the scoops on the lined cookie sheets, leaving about 2-3 inches between each scoop.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the edges of the cookies are golden brown.
  • Remove cookie sheets from the oven and place on cooling racks. When cool, loosen and remove the cookies from the parchment paper with a spatula.
  • Transfer the raisin cookies to a serving platter. To store, place them in an airtight container and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Keyword Cookies, raisin, Rose water
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