Wednesday, December 5, 2012


Bism Ilah wa as salaamu alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.

I wanted to give some yummy joy to you; a little decadence for those special occasions and for those who are catering to a serious sweet tooth. I'm a serious baker, so I take basic recipes and then make them into what I have in my mind. What you will find below is a basic recipe with all the variations I have tried so far. Some of them are nothing short of dangerous, but they bring amazing smiles and ooh's of joy and satisfaction, mashaa'Allah!

Basic cookie recipe:

1 cup butter softened
1.5 cups organic sugar
2 organic or at least hormone-free eggs
2.5 cups organic wholewheat pastry flour (or King Arthurs White Wholewheat, but regular wholewheat will work as well, but use 2.25 cups)
1/2 teaspoon aluminum free baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon sea salt

6 ounces of chopped up chunks of good quality  chocolate bar (beware of the ingredients, as many contain vanilla extract but Lindt, Cadburys, and Hersheys do not mashaa'Allah).
cut up chunks of chocolate caramels or other chocolates of your choice from a box of chocolates.

Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs. Add dry ingredients. Add chunks of yum.

Make nice balls and smush them down a bit on the baking trays.

Bake at 375 degrees F for 8-10 minutes.

Now for the good stuff.

Milk Chocolate Cookies:

One fine day, I wanted a milk chocolate cookie. I knew the taste I wanted but didn't find a recipe. SO...I took the basic recipe, added

Add 1 teaspoon of organic vanilla (well it was a ground up vanilla bean, but you can use Trader Joe's alcohol free vanilla in glycerin base or the Frontier one or vanilla powder)

and substitute 1/4 cup organic cocoa for the same amount of flour.

Bake same at the basic recipe.

Now for the nutty stuff:

Peanut, Hazelnut, or Cashew Cookies:

I had some peanut cookies in Bahrain and also some cashew ones, and decided to make my own.

Take the basic recipe and add 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and then after putting the dough balls on the tray,push down a bit and either stick the halved nuts well into the top of each cookie to cover it, or simply mix them into the dough and then smush down a bit to flatten.

Now for the truly irresistible:

The Peanut Butter Cup Cookie:

I found a recipe online that was quite good, but hard to manipulate. After a couple of times, I realized that the milk chocolate cookie dough would work better for the cookie. It is really excellent if you are a Reeses lover.

Use the Milk Chocolate Cookie recipe.

Make up some homemade or all natural peanut butter and use about 1/4 cup with 2 tablespoons of powdered organic sugar (I just stick regular sugar in the processor). If it isn't smooth enough to manipulate without crumbling, add a small amount of milk to make it smooth enough to roll into little balls.

Make a milk chocolate cookie dough ball of at least a tablespoon, make a big thumbprint in it and pop in the peanut butter ball. wrap the dough around to cover the peanut butter and flatten slightly on the baking tray.

I have also made these with the vanilla cookie dough (that I used for the nutty cookies) with the peanut butter inside - the brainy blond version, LOL.

These may need more time as they are thicker...perhaps 10-12 minutes but use your judgement.

These may be healthier than other versions, but they are not any less fattening. Just remember, Allah and His Messenger - salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam - love moderation in all things!

Barak Allahu feekum!


  1. I'm looking forward to trying these out in sha Allah!!!

    1. My dear, sweet you are my "neighbor within the Kingdom" I will mention that I used Watania Organic Flour with Bran for these cookies. It didn't make much sense saying that in the recipe, but for all of those on the "Saudi side," you will know what I'm talking about inshaa Allah.

      I simply take any recipe, whether crepe, pancake, cake, cookie, scone, or quickbread and where it says plain flour, I use the flour with bran...with excellent results, alhamdu l'Illah.

  2. JAZAKALLAH KHAYRAN! I need some comfort food. :)

    1. Wa iyyaaki habibaty. Inshaa'Allah, these cookies will virtually nuzzle your cheek, rub your back, and leave you with an "Aaaaaah" and a smile!

  3. salam alaykum sister
    could you please post the link to the ramadhan recipes blog.
    jazakallah khair.

    1. Wa alaykum us salaam wa RahmatUllahi wa Barakatuh

      This is the link:

      It is not my blog, but actually Bonnie's, the sister from New Zealand. However, she invited me to post my own contributions on there as well.

      Wa iyaaki.

  4. As salaamu Alaykum! This is Umm Zahrah, from! I hope you still remember me :). We're coming to alMadinah on the afternoon of and staying for four days! I wanna meet you :). I tried emailing you but it bounced back.... Let me know your plans :). My email is the same...

  5. Sorry... We're coming afternoon of Feb. 13th...

  6. As Salamualaikum dearest Mai!!

    Yumm! I can't wait to try these out inshaallah! I am newly wed, so I'm looking for as many new recipes as possible to try out! I was thinking, Since you know a lot on eating healthy, and you are more conscious than many of us, maybe you could start a "The sunnah of eating" series? :D. I myself will admit that I do not eat healthy at all for the most part.. and it is showing up EVERYWHERE on my body. I am trying to reign it in, but confused as to where to even start! If you have any suggestions, please let me know inshaallah!

    Jazakaallahu khair!

    1. Wa alaykum us salaam wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh Faith.

      Congratulations on your marriage! I am SO happy to hear your news (well, except for you terrible eating habits) and pray that you and your husband strive together for Allah's pleasure and meet with the ultimate success in this life and the next - ameen!

      Sorry for the late response, but I am so busy being "Milk Donalds" for the baby that I answer things in my head and think I really did answer, only to find that I gave no response at all!

      As for your eating, what I have learned is that it is always a struggle to change eating habits until you make the connection that eating is also a part of your Islam - a part of your worship> Your body is an amanah from Allah to uphold in regards to what you do with it, what you put into it, and what you put on it. I did post on Simply Sunnah blog about the Etiquette of Eating and also on this blog under Sunnah about food.

      My quickie advice is to simply turn to wholegrains, turn away from processed foods, increase your fruits and vegetables, and cook from scratch! I'll try to do more on this subject inshaa Allah.

      Barak Allahu feekum wa iyaaki.