Turkish Delight Recipe

This is an easy Turkish delight recipe that will truly delight your family.


4 cups granulated sugar
4 1/2 cups water
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 1/4 cups cornstarch
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 1/2 Tablespoon rosewater
2-3 drops red food coloring
1 cup confectioners' sugar


Prepare a 9x9 inch pan by lining it with aluminum foil and grease the foil.

Place the sugar, lemon juice, and 2 cups of the water in a medium saucepan over medium heat.

Stir until the sugar dissolves, and bring the mixture to a boil.

Brush down the sides of the pan with a wet pastry brush to prevent sugar crystals from forming, and insert a candy thermometer.

Allow the sugar mixture to continue boiling, without stirring, until it reaches 240 degrees on the candy thermometer.

When the sugar syrup is around 225 degrees, begin to get the rest of the candy ingredients prepared.

Place the remaining water in another, slightly larger, saucepan.

Add the cornstarch and cream of tartar and whisk until the starch dissolves and there are no lumps.

Place the saucepan over medium heat and bring the mixture to a boil, stirring or whisking constantly. The mixture will become thick and pasty.

Once the sugar syrup is at 240 degrees, remove it from the heat. Slowly, carefully, pour it into the cornstarch mixture, whisking until it is fully incorporated.

Reduce the heat to low and simmer, whisking it every 8-10 minutes, for about an hour, until the candy has turned a light golden color and is very thick.

Remove from the heat and stir in the food coloring and the rosewater.

Pour the candy into the prepared pan and allow it to set, uncovered, overnight.

Remove the candy from the pan using the foil as handles.

Use an oiled knife to cut the Turkish Delight into small squares.

Dust each side of the square with confectioners' sugar to prevent stickiness.