Texas Farmers Market April 3 2020

Nanny’s Rosettes


Courtesy of Gene Marie Bohuslav (Bohuslav makes a gallon-jar full of these rosettes for the local picnic’s auction. The jar auctions for hundreds of dollars each year.)

Makes 4 dozen

Special equipment needed: Rosette iron

Fairly difficult

Nanny’s Rosettes


For 1 Batch(es)


  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • solid shortening for frying


  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • powdered sugar
  • finely ground, dried coconut

Nanny’s Rosettes Directions

  1. To make the rosettes, add the sugar to the slightly beaten eggs, then add the milk and vanilla.
  2. Sift the flour with the salt, stir into the liquid mixture and beat until smooth. Let the batter rest for 2 hours.
  3. In a pot over medium-high heat melt enough shortening so that it comes halfway up the pot.
  4. Dip the rosette iron into the hot fat to heat it, then drain the excess on a wet cloth.
  5. Dip the iron into the batter—being careful not to let the batter cover the top edge of the iron—and then quickly immerse the battered iron into the hot fat.
  6. Do not let the battered iron touch the bottom of the pot.
  7. Cook each rosette 2 to 3 minutes, until golden.
  8. Remove the rosette from the iron using a fork to nudge it, if needed.
  9. Drain the rosettes on paper towels, and drain the excess fat off the iron onto a wet cloth.
  10. Repeat until all of the batter is used. Let the rosettes cool.
  11. To make the icing, add the vanilla to the beaten egg white.
  12. Add enough powdered sugar to create a creamy consistency.
  13. Dip the topside of each rosette into the icing and then into the coconut.
  14. After all of the rosettes have been iced and dried, toast them in a 250° oven for 45 minutes.
  15. When cool, store in an air-tight tin.

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