Sweet Roses – Eat them or gift them

Sweet Roses
Sweet Roses

I don’t know what Emma Goldman was thinking when she said,

‘I’d rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck’

Roses are definitely a ‘you can’t go wrong’ gift for girls. Where they rank in the hierarchy to chocolates and diamonds is purely an individual choice I believe. But one thing for sure is any girl would love to have roses on the table and diamonds on the neck.

Roses are a bit hard to find in December, but just in case you want to impress someone with a bouquet of roses, go ahead and try this interesting recipe for Sweet roses, which I found from Sandhya’s blog.They turned out very well and tasty too.This post is also a shout out for dear Sandhya, who came up with this idea for Burfi Roses.  The recipe is very simple. Actually simpler than looking for roses in December 🙂

It is almost like I am doing a series on Roses because my previous post was Rose swirl cake. But this recipe is something worth a try.Each rose has a sweet filling called Gulkhand. It is a rose petal preserve which you can find easily at Persian or Indian stores. You can make Gulkhand easily at home too. I am adding the recipe for making the rose preserve at home, though I used the store bought one.

Do give this recipe a try because,

You can’t always have your rose and eat it too 😉 



  Recipe: Sweet Roses


What you knead  need:

  • 1/2 a cup of condensed milk
  • 3/4 cup milk powder
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 5 drops of rose essence
  • Red and green food colors
  • 5-6 tsp. Rose preserve/ Rose jam/Gulkhand
Dough for making sweet roses
rose preserve/gulkhand
rose preserve/gulkhand


What to do:

  1. In a microwave safe bowl, add the condensed milk, milk powder and butter.
  2. Microwave for one minute and stir well.
  3. Microwave again for one minute.
  4. Add the essence and mix well.
  5. Divide the dough into 2/3 and 1/3 portions.
  6. Add red to the 2/3 and green color to the 1/3 parts of dough and knead well.
  7. Grease your fingers with butter.
  8. Make rose petals with the red dough and leaves with the green one.
  9. Take one petal. Put 1/2 a teaspoon of Rose preserve/jam/gulkhand on the center and twist it like a bud. Work around this bud, adding one petal after another till a rose is formed.
  10. Fix stems and leaves to your rose and arrange on a plate.
  11. If you are giving it away, you can place them on a beautiful vase or make a bouquet.

Recipe courtesy: indfused.wordpress.com


Gulkhand Recipe:

I used a store bought preserve, but you can make it at home by following these simple steps:

  • The Damascus rose is usually used. But you can use any edible Rose.
  • Wash and clean the rose petals.
  • Take sugar weighing the same amount as the rose petals.
  • Take a glass preserve jar and a white cloth to cover it.
  • Put a layer of roses in the jar. And cover it with a layer of sugar.
  •  Alternate these layers until all the petals have been used up. 
  • Cover with the cloth and tie with a thread to fix it.
  • Leave in sunlight for 10 days.
  • Your rose preserve is ready to use.


rose preserve/gulkhand
rose preserve/gulkhand

I am taking my bouquet to FF45 the most happening party in town. The ever so graceful host Angie is co hosting this with two lovely ladies  Michelle @Giraffes Can Bake and MB @Bourbon & Brown Sugar . Come join me at The Novice Gardener’s….




51 thoughts on “Sweet Roses – Eat them or gift them

    1. Thank you so much ☺ What we are looking for is a sweet sticky filling of rose flavor. You can use candied rose petals. Maybe mix it with little honey or sugar syrup. If you can get hold of Rose petal jam, even better 👍🌹🌹


    1. Thank yo Michelle 🙂 You are right about the sugar paste roses. they are good for adornment. what I liked about this recipe was that these roses can be eaten just like that and score quite good on the health quotient, especially for kids who don’t like drinking milk. Thank you for being such an awesome host. Enjoying your party 🙂

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