Naan-e Keshmeshi – Rosewater and raisin cookies

نان کشمشی

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

Rosewater and raisin cookies
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Persian
Keyword: Cookies, raisin, Rose water
Servings: 35 cookies
Author: Omid Roustaei, The Caspian Chef


  • 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
  • 1 3/4 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.
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