Pistachio Rose Muffins

by Kiran on February 14, 2013 · 25 comments

in Baking, Muffins, Valentines

Happy Valentine’s Day, my friends 🙂

I’m celebrating it up in the air, taking a flight to Los Angeles to be with the Husband. And I’ve packed this cute little muffins in my luggage.

Pistachios are the Husband’s favorite flavor. And you can guess who loves roses 🙂


My day begin very early in the morning. I was literally up in my elbows, baking muffins and preparing lunch for my wonderful neighbor who have been house-sitting for us.

Like, forever.

And they are doing it again.


We have been MIA’ing from Orlando a lot for the past few months. I hope the muffins and salmon en papillote will make up for our long absence in their life.

Seriously, we love our neighbor so much. And we are blessed to have them in our life. Not just because they willingly house-sit for us during our travels.


And did I mention how they always insist on dropping and picking us up from the airport all the time?

They have a huge heart, filled with love 🙂

A tray is set with foods and dessert, accented with a bouquet of flowers. This day is to celebrate having them in our life.

Happy Valentines Day, Andrea & Rick. You know how much we love ya 🙂


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Makes 12 muffins

  • 1 cup whole shelled, raw, unsalted pistachios
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/3 cup eatable dried rose petals
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) soft butter, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup agave nectar/honey
  • 5 egg whites, at room temperature)
  • 1 tbsp rose water
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line muffin tin with liners.
  2. Using a coffee/spice grinder, ground pistachios & dried rose petals until fine.
  3. In a bowl, sift ground pistachios & dried rose petals with whole wheat pastry flour and salt.
  4. Beat egg whites in a mixer on medium high until foamy. Remove foamy egg whites into another bowl.
  5. In the same mixer, cream butter, rose water and agave/honey until smooth.
  6. Fold in half of the foamy egg whites. Do not over mix.
  7. Add in dry, sifted ingredients and balance of foamy egg whites. Fold in just until combined.
  8. Using a small ice cream scoop, fill each muffin tin with 2 scoops of batter.
  9. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until toothpick inserted, comes out clean.
  10. Remove baked muffins to cool on a cooling rack. Serve, topped with powdered sugar.



As for me and the Husband?


Almost 12 years and counting, ever since we met.
There are days where it’s tougher than the rest.
Days where our limits are tested and its easier to cry it out. Loud.
And then you are there, to comfort.
When its your turn and you needed me….
I’m up in the sky traveling to be with you in Los Angeles.

I know, the last two sentences were so cheesy 😀

In fact, the whole description sounds so cheesy.

We hope your days are filled with love and laughter — roses and chocolates are bonuses!!


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1 Laura (Tutti Dolci) February 14, 2013 at 11:23 PM

Beautiful muffins, such a thoughtful gift for your neighbors!
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2 Rosa February 15, 2013 at 2:25 AM

Lovely muffins! I hope you had a wonderful Valentine’s day.




3 dixya @ food, pleasure, and health February 15, 2013 at 1:19 PM

what a great neighbors 🙂 and such a thoughtful gifts for them Kiran! I made some muffins with pistachios too and i loved it. The addition of rose petals just too adorable, perfect for v-day. I hope you and your husband have a great time together.
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4 Rose from Magpies Recipes February 16, 2013 at 12:28 AM

Mmm pistachio and rose flavoured anything is always delicious! Lovely pictures as always Kiran, especially that one with the roses spilling over the edge of the wood, beautiful!
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5 Kiran February 21, 2013 at 1:26 PM

Rose — thanks a lot!! I can’t live without pistachios or rose in my life or palate 🙂


6 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective February 18, 2013 at 9:49 AM

SUCH a fabulous flavor profile–love it!
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7 Kiran February 21, 2013 at 2:02 PM

Sommer — thanks my friend 🙂


8 dassana February 18, 2013 at 9:51 AM

lovely pics of the muffins. wish you a belated valentine day.
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9 Kiran February 21, 2013 at 3:20 PM

Dassana — thank you and hope you had a great day too!


10 Mary @ Fit and Fed February 19, 2013 at 2:12 AM

This is the first recipe I’ve ever seen that has actual rose petals in it. How cool, I’ll have to keep an eye out for organic rose petals and give this a try. I’m glad to hear that pistachios are your husband’s favorite because I love them too, keep the pistachio recipes coming!
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11 Kiran February 21, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Mary — thanks dear. I hope to share more pistachio recipes in the future 🙂


12 Reem | Simply Reem February 19, 2013 at 2:48 AM

Beautiful Muffins…
I like the pic where you kept them in cup… Nice styling!
Enjoy LA, Thankfully the weather is good these days.. 🙂
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13 Kiran February 25, 2013 at 1:15 AM

Reem — thanks a lot! And yes, the weather in LA is simply gorgeous these days 🙂


14 Mallika February 19, 2013 at 8:10 AM

Stunning muffins Kiran. They are beautiful! Hope you had a great Valentine Day!
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15 Kiran February 25, 2013 at 1:16 AM

Mallika — thanks love, and hope you had a great V-day too 🙂


16 Jen @ Savory Simple February 19, 2013 at 8:54 AM

I love the flavors of pistachio and rose together. There are stunning!
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17 Kiran February 25, 2013 at 1:17 AM

Jen — it’s like a marriage made in flavor heaven 🙂


18 Donalyn February 19, 2013 at 11:24 AM

I adore baked things with pistachios in them – such a delightful flavor!
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19 Kiran February 25, 2013 at 1:26 AM

Donalyn — thank you!!


20 Yasmeen @ Wandering Spice February 21, 2013 at 1:34 AM

What a lovely gift for your neighbors, and what a gift your neighbors are to you! Very lucky to be surrounded by generous people like that.

Pistachio and Rose are among my favorite flavors, and they are beautiful combined. Wonderful recipe.
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21 Kiran February 25, 2013 at 1:27 AM

Yasmeen — thanks dear. Life should always be a two-way road of giving and receiving 🙂


22 Sneh | Cook Republic March 1, 2013 at 6:19 PM

I adore rose petals in baking! Rose and pistachio is a heavenly match. Beautiful muffins Kiran 🙂
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23 Kiran March 31, 2013 at 1:02 AM

Sneh — thank you so much my dear 🙂


24 Feast on the Cheap March 6, 2013 at 3:39 PM

Pistachios are my husband’s fave flav too! I actually was similarly inspired and whipped him up Pistachio Cupcakes with Buttercream frosting one birthday not too long ago. A resounding success. I’ll have to add this to our nutty repertoire
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25 Kiran March 31, 2013 at 1:03 AM

FOTC — so nice to know even your hubby loves his dose of pistachios!


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