That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Rosettes | A light, exquisite crisp deep fried holiday cookie dusted in powdered sugar

How to Make Rosettes Cookies

Home » Cookies Recipes » How to Make Rosettes Cookies Jump To Recipe

One of my family’s Christmas traditions when growing up in Ames, Iowa, was making the Scandinavian fried cookies known as Rosettes. Today, I’ll share my memories and how to make rosettes cookies in your own kitchen. They’re perfect for the holidays!

How to Make Rosettes | A light, exquisite crisp deep fried holiday cookie dusted in powdered sugar

Rosettes for the Holiday Cookie Exchange!

This week’s Sunday Supper theme is Holiday Cookie Exchange. Hooray! I attend two cookie exchanges each Christmas, plus I have oodles of cookies and candies that I make for my friends and neighbors. Most of these recipes have already been shared on my blog, though, so this assignment took a little pondering.

Cookies like these Best Sugar Cookie Recipe EVER are a given, so I thought back to my childhood, and was reminded of these sweet, crispy rosettes. How to make rosettes is one of the many legacies my dear mother passed on to me. And now I will share with you!

Rosettes | A light, exquisite crisp deep fried holiday cookie dusted in powdered sugar

Rosettes: Christmas Tradition

Each December, my mom and Mrs. Homer (who happened to be my best friend’s mom) would plan for an evening of deep frying rosettes plus a lot of gabbing. After a few years, they stopped alternating homes and they’d just meet at our house.

Apparently, my mom had lower standards when it came to a house smelling like a greasy spoon. So we’d gather in the kitchen watching, till we were shooed off to bed.

My mom stored her share of rosettes in our basement freezer, until she packaged them up during Christmas week to be delivered  to all our friends and neighbors. I remember coming home from college and still accompanying my dad on these deliveries.

My sisters and I could not resist swiping a few out of the freezer to sample, but I’m sure the trail of powdered sugar gave us away.There are a lot of rosette irons available on Amazon, like my cast iron version. There is a link near the bottom of this post.

Rosettes | A light, exquisite crisp deep fried holiday cookie dusted in powdered sugar

How to Make Rosettes Cookies

My mom always used lard to make these rosettes. The aroma permeated the house, and lingered for days. But these rosettes were treasured treats among the lucky friends and neighbors who were recipients, and frying these was a holiday tradition.

A simple batter took only seconds to prepare, then the rosette iron was heated in the lard before being plunged into the batter and back into the hot oil to cook. In less than a minute, the rosette was golden brown and was removed to paper toweling to drain.

A dusting of powdered sugar was the finishing touch for an elegant, delicate and festive “cookie.” And that’s all there is when it comes to how to make rosettes!

Rosettes | A light, exquisite crisp deep fried holiday cookie dusted in powdered sugar

The Sunday Supper Favorite Cookie Exchange Cookies:


Love this recipe? Please consider rating it in the comments below. You can also follow me on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.

Rosettes | A light, exquisite crisp deep fried holiday cookie dusted in powdered sugar


A beautiful Christmas/holiday cookie!

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Cuisine: Dessert, Cookies


  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Powdered sugar for dusting
  • Oil (or lard) for deep frying


  1. Combine egg, sugar and salt and whisk to combine. Add remaining ingredients and beat till smooth.
  2. Heat oil in deep-fryer or deep, heavy saucepan to 375º. Heat rosette iron in oil for 2 minutes. Drain excess oil from iron and dip into batter, ⅞ up the sides of the iron (batter should not run over the top of iron), then immediately into hot oil.
  3. Fry until golden 30 seconds or so. Remove to paper towel lined rack to cool…gently remove from iron with a fork if needed. Repeat by reheating iron in oil for about a minute, then dipping and frying till all batter is used. Dust with powdered sugar.


Total time is for frying one batch of rosettes. This will need to be repeated numerous times


  • Calories: 879kcal
  • Sugar: 32g
  • Sodium: 812mg
  • Fat: 24g
  • Saturated Fat: 8g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 127g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 31g
  • Cholesterol: 344mg

You May Need:

More Holiday Cookies You’ll Love:

Do you have a favorite cookie to take to a Cookie Exchange?  Please join us on Twitter throughout the day during #SundaySupper on December 9th.  In the evening we will meet at 7pm EST for our #SundaySupper Ultimate Cookie Exchange live chat.All you have to do is follow the #SundaySupper hashtag or you can follow us through TweetChat.

We’d also love to feature your recipe for The Ultimate Cookie Exchange on our #SundaySupper Pinterest board to share them with all of our followers, too.

Note: This post may contain affiliate links; view my Disclosure Policy for details. 

Note: This post may contain affiliate links; view my Disclosure Policy for details. I earn a small percentage from any purchase you make by clicking on these links at no extra cost to you.

26 comments on “How to Make Rosettes Cookies”

  1. I love really pretty cookies like this!! They look so very good!!

  2. What gorgeous cookies! They are like mini works of art. Well done!

  3. I can only aspire to make cookies as beautiful as yours! Love the memories this one has for you.

  4. Oh these are such lovely cookies, Liz! It’s great to keep those memories you love going. I wouldn’t leave a trail of powdered sugar though….because I’d devour every last one of them while hovering over the plate! Beautiful! : )

  5. Welcome to wordpress Liz. you’ll love it!
    the cookies look amazing! thanks for sharing

  6. Love these cookies Lizzy. They look like star waffles! Happy Holidays my friend and cookie exchange for Sunday Suppers sounds awesome!

  7. these look gorgeous! of course they’re delicious–they’re fried! 😉

  8. What a beautiful cookie and a wonderful story and memory!

  9. I love rosettes, but I’ve never made them. These are so pretty. I’m inspired to give it a try!

  10. These are so delicate and beautiful! What a great addition to a holiday plate. And congrats on the big WordPress transfer!!

  11. Gorgeous! I am impressed!

  12. These look so delicate and delicious. They’re so pretty!

  13. Oh my goodness – these are absolutely, 100% BEAUTIFUL!

  14. How gorgeous! And with powdered sugar!

  15. These are so pretty and delicate Lizzy. I’ll bet you can eat a ton of these!

  16. These are deliciously beautiful! Great work Liz!

  17. So simple but absolutely beautiful Liz!

  18. My dear Mother used to make these, so tasty. She would serve them with whipped cream.

  19. Lizzy,
    Your rosettes look delicious. I haven’t made rosettes since I was a teenager. I need to find what happened to my Mom’s rosette irons.

  20. Lizzy, these rosettes are so cute!!!
    Have a nice day

  21. These cookies are look *almost* to pretty to eat!

  22. These are beautiful! Almost too pretty to eat!

  23. Absolutely beautiful Liz…almost too good to eat. almost. 😉

  24. Your rosettes are beautiful! I’ve never made them before nor do I have an iron. I may have to start a new tradition….

  25. Your rosettes look beautiful Liz! My Grandma used to make those and they were always my favorite cookies of hers! Hope you are having a wonderful Holiday season :)!

  26. I love these cookies!! My mom makes them. I have so much trouble making them….I think I don’t let the iron get hot enough so my batter doesn’t come off easily. Yours look gorgeous!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.