How to Make Rose-Scented Sugar

Welcome to the 187th Metamorphosis Monday!

One of my favorite books is Roses for the Scented Room by Barbara Milo Ohrbach.  In fact, I love all her books including Antiques at Home, The Scented Room and Tabletops.  I just ordered A Passion for Antiques this evening.   All her books are very affordable at Amazon, especially if you buy them used in “Good” or “Like New” condition, which is what I almost always do.  I’ve never bought one of her books and been less than thrilled when it arrived.   They are filled with wonderful ideas for entertaining and the illustrations and photographs are always beautiful.


In Roses for the Scented Room, there’s a recipe for making scented sugar.  This weekend I decided to give it a try.  In the book, the author recommends using scented rose sugar on cookies, pound cakes or as a sweetener in desserts or beverages, especially iced tea.

Make Rose-Scented Sugar


Here’s the “Before” for this tasty metamorphosis.  You’ll need sugar, fragrant rose petals from pesticide-free roses and a couple of mason jars.

Make Rose Scented Sugar for teas, coffee and desserts


Again, please be sure to use petals from pesticide-free roses.

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I had some old Ball Mason jars down in the basement and they worked well for making the scented sugar.

Make Scented Rose Sugar


The more fragrant your roses, the better!

Make Rose-Scented Sugar


The recipe in Roses for the Scented Room did not say to snip off the white part of the petal, but I did it anyway.  I’ve read other recipes where rose petals were used in salads and such, and those recipes indicated the white part can sometimes taste bitter.  Though I won’t be eating the petals, I decided to pinch off the white part just to be on the safe side.

Make Scented Rose Sugar


Once I had snipped or pinched off the white area, I layered the sugar and petals all throughout the mason jars.

Make Scented Rose Sugar


I used a generous amount of petals when I made my scented sugar.   Per the book, you can also use scented geranium leaves, orange peel, lemon slices or vanilla beans to scent your sugar.  I’d love to try all of these!

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Once your sugar has time to “marinate” for a couple of weeks, it should be ready to use for sweetening whatever your heart desires.

Make Scented Rose Sugar


When you’re ready to use your scented sugar, just pick out the petals or strain the sugar through a colander.

Make Scented Rose Sugar


My sugar has some time to go, but I’m looking forward to trying it in some iced tea real soon.  I think I may try the vanilla beans next. Doesn’t that sound yummy…vanilla scented sugar!   This would be so much fun to serve with coffee or tea after a dinner party.

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It would be fun to use the scented sugars to make heart-shaped sugar cubes.  You’ll find directions for making those in this post:  Make Heart-Shaped Sugar Cubes

Make Heart-Shaped Sugar Cubes


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  1. Susan, thank you for hosting another great link party! The rose sugar sounds delightful and is gorgeous! Thank for sharing how to make this! I had no idea this could be done.

  2. I love this idea!!! I just bought a pound of vanilla beans to make homemade vanilla extract, now I’m thinking I really want To make some scented vanilla sugar too. Thank you so much for such a great idea!!!

  3. Hmmmm. Sounds interesting and pretty at the same time! Have a great week!

  4. I’ve made the vanilla bean sugar and given it to neighbors at Christmas time. It’s wonderful!

  5. That looks wonderful. I wonder if it can be done with stevia?? Vanilla would be great!! Thanks for hosting Susan!!

  6. What a great idea! I have been researching recipes with lavender…..but I never thought of rose petals!

    Thanks and have a blessed day!

  7. You’ll have to let us know how it tastes. Thanks for hosting, Susan!

  8. What a lovely idea, Susan! I wonder how it would be with lavender or mint? Thanks for hosting!…hugs…Debbie

  9. I have vanilla bean sugar that I made. It is delightful! I need to try the roses next!

  10. Thank you so much for hosting another great party!! 🙂

  11. I’ve not made rose sugar but I’ve made rose geranium sugar, lavender sugar and vanilla sugar — they’re all in my larder and I simply adore the flavored sugars — the vanilla I use most in baking (and it’s in the biggest jar) and the other sugars I use to enhance flavors — add more depth if you will — when using those flavors. A cake with vanilla and vanilla sugar gives a deeper flavor than just using vanilla alone. I just add more sugar when it gets down below a certain point. Next year I’ll have to try the rose petal sugar — although I did candy some rose petals this summer to use to decorate cakes and cupcakes. They’re quite tasty!

  12. Thank your for hosting and for sharing how to make rose scented sugar. I’ve never heard of it before, but am always up for something new.

  13. Thanks so much for the party, Susan!! That rose sugar is a neat idea, I’ve never heard of it.

  14. Susan,
    I need to try t his! Sounds delicious!Thank you for hosting!

  15. I’ve never heard of Rose sugar but sounds like a neat idea. Vanilla bean sounds just as good and I have some vanilla beans so I might give that one a try. Thanks for hosting again this week, as always I look forward to joining your party. Have a fabulous week!

  16. This looks really pretty Susan — a beautiful post! Thank you for hosting Metamorphosis Monday. 🙂


  17. Thanks for hosting again this week!! Have a wonderful week.

  18. Love this! I’d like to try vanilla sugar in a pound cake. Nice pics, too, Susan! I hope you’re doing well. 🙂

  19. How beautiful! Thanks for sharing. XO, Aimee

  20. This looks like fun — wonder if it would work with powdered sugar?

  21. What a great tutorial. Your images are so inviting I feel like I can almost smell that scented sugar. Is it possible for color to invoke scent. I think your pictures may just be proof! Thanks for hosting the party AND providing so much eye candy!

  22. Oh Susan, you should have shown your sugar cube hearts along with this post for anyone that missed it. Those are so darling. I don’t have any pesticide-free roses, but I am going to make some lemon sugar because my neighbor has given me buckets of organic lemons. I have frozen the juice, but now I am going to use the zest for the sugar. Thanks for the idea.

    • Madonna, that’s a great idea! I don’t know why I didn’t think of that last night. I’ll add it to the end of the post. Thanks for the suggestion! Lemon sugar sounds divine! I love lemon flavors and scents so I know it will be wonderful!

  23. Thanks for hosting!

  24. Vanilla scented sugar has been my ‘list’ for about 1 month. The roses would make a pretty gift, yours look awesome in the Ball jars!!! First time at your party, haven’t had a ‘before’ and ‘after’ project at the right time.

  25. That’s a great idea!
    I can imagine what a delightful surprise it must be to suddenly smell roses when using the sugar!

  26. The Rose Sugar sounds and looks wonderful….I am going to try that at my next ladies lunch…and they would make great hostess gifts too!….Thanks Susan!

  27. Oh, Susan!
    This sounds tasty and I’m sure it smells delicious!
    Plus, it looks so romantic and “girly!! Love it!
    P.S. Susan, I read that “Wedding Tale” and about that “groom” who urgently “needed” YOUR apothecary jar… Now, I wonder what happened, then? I hope everything turned out well (for you!)!
    If not, I’m afraid I’m not as kind as you are, and hope “he” is at least losing his hair! HA! Evil must be punished! Am I right, or am I right?
    Please Susan, don’t be shocked… I know, YOU are too good!
    God bless you, my friend!

  28. I can smell the frangrant sugar already…hmmmmm. What a great idea!…Christine

  29. Wow- What a great project for me to contemplate as a Christmas gift! Love those colored sugar cubes, too. Thanks for hosting, Susan!

  30. The rose scented sugar reminds me of when a friend came back from Europe with all kinds of amazing scented treats for us to try. I would love to make a citrus sugar…that would be cool too. I’m going to have to try some rose sugar too. It sounds fragrant and yummy!

  31. Thanks for hosting! Life to the full, Melissa

  32. I love the fragrance of vanilla and lavender added to sugar – I can just imagine how delightful roses could be. I’ll look for these books and give scented rose sugar a try! I appreciate you hosting,

  33. Thanx for hosting Susan! Hope you have a greta week.

  34. Thank you for being the hostess with the mostest!
    Kerry at HouseTalkN

  35. That sugar looks almost to pretty to eat! What a fun idea.

  36. Those heart shaped sugar cubes look divine. Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful week.

  37. Those heart shaped sugar cubes look divine. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  38. Great idea, and thanks so much for hosting. You and your followers are invited to come and link up at One Creative Weekend. The party is open until Wednesday. Hope to see you there! Have a great week.

  39. Hi Susan,
    Thank you for hosting another great link party full of creative ides and fresh inspiration!
    LoVe the idea of scenting sugar, just in time for ice tea on the patio!

  40. Thank you for this recipe, Susan. I’m definitely going to try it! And thank you for hosting the party. (Sorry I wasn’t online in June/July but I’ve been spending what time I can going back through your posts and trying to catch up!) Take care.

  41. Susan, I have had Barbara’s The Scented Room for a number of years. It is a beautiful book full of useful ways to use dried flowers… sachets, scented pillows, wreaths, waters etc.
    I love those heart sugars, will have to try those.
    Thank you for reminding me to go through this book again.

  42. The rose scented sugar is such an awesome idea. Thanks for hosting the party again this week and I’d love for you to link up at my party at Have a great week! Nicole

  43. What a great little project. I might be making this for gifts. Thank you for sharing and hosting. Wishing you a grand week. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  44. Hi Susan: Your rose-flavored sugar recipe sounds marvelous, and your photography is really a delight. You’ve styled each picture so well, and you have that gorgeous wicker as a backdrop–I loved it all. A cooler week here, and I hope to get out in the garden and gets some things done. Have an interview for a part-time job tomorrow as well, so hopefully all works out as it should. Take care, and have a great week!

  45. Your pictures make me want to try this! I will bookmark it. This is my first time joining your blog party. I have read your blog for awhile though and always enjoy your posts. I just always feel shy about commenting. 🙂 Thanks and have a great week.

    Hugs, Angie

  46. This is such a great project for my daughter and me to do together. Thank you!

  47. Thank you for hosting a fab party Susan, have a wonderful week!

    xoxo, Tanya

  48. Susan,
    Hi! coming from Topiary Rose. The sugar sounds interesting. Love the scent of roses.
    Have a good week.

  49. Hi Susan,
    This looks so pretty!

    Thank you for hosting,

  50. What a cool idea! Thanks for hosting the party!

  51. Love the idea of using lemon zest or orange peel…would be wonderful in tea!

  52. Maria Young says

    This works! I’m sure in a few weeks it will all be gone…it’s so good! Thanks for sharing all the steps!

  53. I remembered that you had this lovely tutorial on making rose scented sugar, Susan, so I made some yesterday. Do you happen to know if it is normal for the sugar to get damp from the roses? I just checked my jars and added a few more petals to one large one and had to dig a little in it to bury the petals. The sugar was damp. I hope it doesn’t mold. Do you think I added too many petals when I made it? I realize that it must sit for a few weeks to develop the flavor into the sugar. My petals were not wet when I assembled it- just normal fresh rose petals. I don’t know if you will see this post, because this is a thread from last year. Thanks, in advance!

    • Donna, Ummm, not sure what would have caused that. Were the jars really good and dry before the sugar went in? I wonder if there was a little moisture inside the jar. I don’t think the sugar would mold but maybe it wouldn’t hurt to take the lid off the jar to let them air for a day. Maybe your rose petal were a lot fresher than mine. Let me know what happens, I would be curious to know.

      • Thank you, Susan. I will let you know. Everything was good a dry. I will take the lids off- good idea! I suppose the petals themselves could mold.

  54. Susan,
    I always enjoy getting to see “Fred”. Love this post and will give it a try. Also, thank you for the great info about the tilted puzzle board. I ordered one for my daughter. You’re still the best ever!

    • Awww, thanks Patricia, appreciate that so much. I’m looking forward to mine arriving…so glad someone saw the need and invented it!

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