In the press – good magazine UAE

I really enjoyed working on this feature specifically because it stood out from the rest of the typical “Christmas Meal inspiration”. Now, there’s nothing wrong with the festive and traditional Christmas turkey along with all its roasted sides but since we live in the UAE and the weather is actually spring like (no where near winter), the thought of being able to take it easy for once and work on a simple yet flavorful outdoor garden style Christmas celebration made me jump off my seat and turn on some Christmas tunes (not the Mariah Carey ones) and get prepping! 

Here is my feature with some easy recipes that will leave you with enough time to really immerse yourself with the true meaning of Christmas and the holidays rather than being cooped up in your kitchen and getting ready 10 minute before your guests arrive (we’ve all been there right?!) 

Chewy chocolate chip cookies adapted from Betty Crocker herself! 

I love cookies! I always felt bad making them though because of all the butter that goes into the batter. NOW that butter is apparently OK again (insert eye ball roll) we are at it again! This recipe is adapted from Betty Crocker. There’s less chocolate in them because I’m weird like that and much less sugar than Betty ever intended! 
Here’s the recipe: makes 4 dozen small sized cookies

  • 3/4 cup brown sugar (refined free)
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla 
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour 
  • 1 tsp baking soda 
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups chocolate (I used some from patchi and chopped them up. You can use whatever you want. I mix between dark and milk. AND, I used 1 cup not 2)


  1. You can add 1 cup of chopped nuts to this batter
  2. I used half the amount of chocolate so increase or decrease depending on the chocolate monster inside of you. 


  • Heat oven to 180 C
  • In large bowl beat the sugar, butter, vanilla, and egg with an electric mixture or spoon. Stir in flour, baking soda and salt. 
  • Stir in chocolate and nuts. 
  • Drop dough by rounded tablespoons around 5 cm apart to avoid them over lapping on another
  • Bake 8-10 minutes. They’ll still be soft but lightly browned on the bottom. Let them cool off and then transfer to plate. 


  1. Depending on your oven, I always add a pan under my pan to avoid any burning from under! 
  2. These cookies will appear like they’re still raw but trust me when I say to just remove them out of oven once you see the bottom is golden brown. They’ll continue cooking on their own and will solidify after 10 minutes of being out of the oven