Rose Pink Biscuits

When I was in my twenties, I went with my friend to donate blood. I am B-positive and 12 percent of the people living in South Africa share the same blood group. Unfortunately, due to my weight and blood pressure I could not become a blood donor. So, I decided to become a bone marrow donor instead. There is a 1:100 000 chance of being a match to someone so the odds are really very small. And given my rare blood group, I am sure the odds are against me. But, they are not! The day before we left for overseas I received a call from the South African Bone Marrow Registry to tell me I had been identified as a possible match for someone. That day was really very emotional for me, as this is a call you wait for, but never really expect. Two weeks later I was contacted again to start the procedure of further testing. I had to go for 6 vials of blood to be drawn. This to me was extremely traumatic as the Sister at the Pathologists did not listen when I told her to use a baby needle to get my blood. Instead she insisted on jabbing me over and over again with a large needle, causing pain and stress where she did not have to. Not only did she make the visit a bad one, she has caused the vein to ‘harden’. This is a normal side effect of a blood draw, but it is so uncomfortable, and has left my arm feeling tight, which worsens when I train at gym. I could take aspirin for it, but I am not one to take medication when it is not necessary. And the feeling should resolve within 3 weeks. The first time I had the blood draw done, I was offered tea and biscuits by the nurse on duty. This time, I was sent on my way, without even a sip of water. With such low blood pressure, and the stress of the jabbing, I decided to make my own biscuits. And because this is all in aid of blood cancer, and this is cancer awareness month, I made these rose pink biscuits. Specifically, today is National Bandanna Day in South Africa. This day is created in awareness of the need for bone marrow donors by The Sunflower Fund. If you are in the UK and interested in finding out more about bone marrow donation, please take a look here. Sadly, I heard last week that I am not a 100% match and so the process for me ends here.

Heart Shaped Rose Pink Biscuits
Heart Shaped Rose Pink Biscuits
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Rose Pink Biscuits

You can change the colouring to make any shade you desire of these tasty biscuits
Recipe Category: Baking
Makes enough for: 1 batch biscuits
All Rights Reserved: Adapted From Le Creuset Recipe Card


  • 100 g butter
  • 50 g fructose
  • 2.5 mls rose water
  • 150 g flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 2 drops super red food colouring


  • Place the butter, fructose, and rose water into a stand mixer bowl
  • Cream until light and fluffy
  • Add the flour and the food colouring
  • Use a spatula to mix in thoroughly
  • Transfer onto a piece of cling film
  • Wrap and place into the fridge for 30 minutes
  • Preheat the oven to 180° Celsius
  • Lightly flour your surface and turn out the biscuit dough
  • Flour the top, and a rolling pin
  • Roll the dough out to 5mm and cut shapes
  • Place the biscuits onto a lined baking tray
  • Bake for 10 minutes
  • Leave to cool on the tray
  • Decorate as desired and store in an air tight container

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Rose Pink Biscuits
Rose Pink Biscuits

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41 thoughts on “Rose Pink Biscuits

  1. A wonderful story Tandy. As I told you, my brother received a bone marrow transplant from a donor and is still with us 4 years later. We are eternally grateful to that generous donor. I’m not aware of a donor specific awareness day here but know The Red Cross does a wonderful job of advertising for all types of donors. A fun recipe too! xxx

  2. Thanks for sharing your experience Tandy. I’m sorry you had a heartless vampire. Some nurses are awesome but many are quite vicious. xx

  3. these look very pretty indeed tandy. isn’t it awful when people don’t listen? i had a nurse jabbing me over and over one time to get blood. she finally gave up and told me to come back again to the clinic. i was not happy; when i told the young man who did take my blood, he rolled his eyes when i told him who she was. clearly she was well known as being lousy at it. but these biscuits would make up for it.

  4. Good for you for trying to be a donor! What a selfless and courageous decision. It’s too bad you had such an awful experience with that nurse. The biscuits look terrific.

  5. Just the fact that you donated is huge Tandy. It’s unfortunate you weren’t a match but you at least tried. This was such a beautiful story and I absolutely love this pink biscuits. Great new site as well.

  6. Oh, such pretty biscuits – Tandy – I do hate having to have blood taken, but how great that with you rare blood group you have chosen to be a bone marrow donor.

  7. You are so brave, and really one of the best people I have in my world. Thank you for being so selfless! 🙂
    These biscuits are very pretty too, hope they made you feel a little better after that traumatic experience.

  8. Good for you being a bone marrow donor Tandy! I can’t give blood either as right now with treatments I’m giving, I have to get blood work done every few days. Bleh. Anyhow, this rose biscuits are beautifully adorable and I want to make for Valentines Day to make my family happy. I’ve been looking for an excuse to buy rose water for a while now and think I finally found my excuse!!!

  9. Ohmygawsh! The nerve of them not to give you even water! But I bet everyone giving blood would rather have had some of these cookies!

  10. Very adorable cookies and I like rose water in sweets. Such an honorable thing you are doing to be on the list but sorry for all the pain it brought on.

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