Rose Cookies, a Christmas Baking Adventure

This camel I rode in Goa was not pleased with my butter chicken ass.

Spending the Christmas season in India in 2016 may have spoiled me for life. I discovered Rose Cookies and ate my body weight in Butter Chicken and Parathas. I absolutely loved our India Holiday adventure. Even when we were stuck in an India airport for eleven hours rewriting The 12 days of Christmas and coming up with the new India version of this classic Christmas carol, I still found myself really enjoying our off the beaten path tour of India. Did we visit the Taj Majol? Nope. We did all the awesome none touristy things that I love to do when exploring a new country. I fell in love with the crazy colorful Anglo-Indian culture and also with these delicious coconut milk cookies.

  • Rose Cookies are an Anglo-Indian cookie and the favorite among Anglo-Indians during the Christmas season. These are similar to European Christmas fruit cakes served during Christmas eve meals.
  • Except for Rose Cookies are made with coconut milk and then you deep fry them.
  • Rose Cookies will give you the diabetes and heart disease all in one delicious Christmas package!
  • I kind of heart Rose Cookies.

Why won’t I bake delicious Rose Cookies myself now that we are back in our mountain kitchen in Big Bear Lake, California?  Because these delicious Anglo-Indian cookies are beyond decadent and I know this is the Christmas season but I just can’t do that to my body. rose cookies But I told myself if I can buy Rose Cookies here in the United States then I so get me some Rose Cookies this Christmas season.

This became a little harder than I anticipated as I drove two hours from our mountain hamlet in the pines of southern California into the congestion of freeways, smog and concrete jungle that is Orange County, California. I made my way past Knott’s Berry Farm and into the heart of Artesia, which is pretty much Little India in the Los Angeles area. I walked into my favorite Indian market and asked the first person I saw if they sold Rose Cookies.

But he was not from India. He was Hispanic and very friendly and helpful and asked two other employees who also spoke Spanish if they sold Rose Cookies. I was starting to think Rose Cookies might just be impossible to find in America.

No one knew what the hell I was talking about. How did I drive all the way to Artesia and there are no Anglo-Indians working in this market? I then had a fantastic idea when I checked out I would get into the line of the most Indian looking cashier. Except she was too Indian.

Holiday baking means many hours on my feet in the kitchen. Better wear my prettiest kurti.

She did not speak English at all and looked at me like I was a crazy person. I then tried to google bakeries once I left the market and could not find any bakeries in Artesia. How are there no bakeries in Artesia?! Rose Cookies are an Anglo-Indian Christmas time treat but I guess they are impossible to find in the U.S. even in Little India, which is extremely frustrating. By the time I had driven back to Big Bear Lake, I had a feeling we would have to travel to India again someday to enjoy some holiday good times in Bangalore and also the most delicious coconut milk filled cookies on earth.

After my venture down to the concrete jungle, trying desperately to Christmas shop before this COVID California closes down later in the week, I spent four hours on my feet in the kitchen baking four different Christmas cookie recipes. I even baked up a Sweet Potato Chicken Stock Dog Treat for all our friends with dogs but no, I did not make these artery-clogging Rose Cookies. But you can! 

No, I did not go on a mountain bike ride yesterday because we woke up to crazy winds again here in Big Bear Lake. But I figure that baking for four hours has to burn a few calories, right?

Comments

  1. Annmarie

    “Rose Cookies will give you the diabetes and heart disease all in one delicious Christmas package” LOL so funny! They actually do sound quite yummy and definitely like they’re worth searching for 🙂

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        Amber Woodyard

        They are so, so good! Our family in India just made a fresh batch and shared it on social media and I was so jealous!

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  4. Gail

    Never heard of rose cookies! Now you’ve got me intrigued. My sister in law spends a lot of time in India, I’ll ask her if she’s tried them. It’s a country I haven’t been to yet.

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      Amber Woodyard

      They are truly the best! We did actually try to make them from scratch last Christmas and it was so much work. I don’t know if I’ll try again!

  5. Priya

    Very interesting read, esp since I am originally from India. So, did you find a recipe, or don’t want to make them because of their decadence? Which other Indian foods did you enjoy?

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      Amber Woodyard

      I did find a recipe and we tried to make them last Christmas. It was so hard to get the dough to the right consists to cook in the oil! This is a problem I seem to have with a lot of Indian doughs! Like when I tried to make puris once (One of my favorite’s) I’m actually going to try and make chole this weekend (Had that for breakfast nearly every day last time we were in Bangalore. Besides that, the crab ghee roast we had on Commercial Street was outstanding and basically every seafood dish we had at Poovar Island Resort. Did not get to try the Goan sausages though so I guess we have to go back to Goa!

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      Amber Woodyard

      Thanks for the feature! I’m going to the store today, hoping they have all the dried fruits so I can make this Christmas cake this weekend! A holiday Anglo-Indian tradition!

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