Interfaith Baklava Cookie Recipe

Alhamdulillah, for World Interfaith Harmony Week Lail Hossain sent me a gift of her Harmony cookie cutters which include four cutters to celebrate religious festivals from Islam, Christianity, Judaism, and Hinduism.

8 cookies

I sent Lail a copy of Religious Rhyme Time and explained that my interfaith focus is on Abrahamic interfaith harmony … so, masha’Allah, she designed an Abrahamic interfaith cookie recipe to go with her cutters 🙂

Have you heard of baklava? It is a delicious treat enjoyed by many Muslims at Eid, many Christians at Easter, and many Jews at Rosh Hashana.

Hence, the following recipe….


Interfaith Baklava Cookie Recipe3 cookies around topping

by Lail Hossain (With a Spin)



2 tablespoons honey

3 teaspoon rosewater

2/3 cup finely chopped, roasted unsalted shelled nuts of choice (i.e. pistachios, cashews, walnuts, pecan, etc. or a mix of nuts)


1 cup (227g) butter, softened at room temperature

1/3 cup (67g) granulated sugar

1 ¾ cups (171g) all purpose flour

1/4 cup (32g) corn starch (cornflour)

1 tea spoon baking powder

2 teaspoons rosewater


Combine the topping ingredients in small bowl, set aside.

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Preheat oven to 350°F (175–180 °C).

butter and sugarIn a bowl, cream butter and sugar until smooth. Mix in the rose water.

In another bowl, sift the flour, corn starch, and baking powder.

Add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture, a little at a time; bring the ingredients together with a round ended knife.

doughWet your hands with water and finish off kneading the dough by hand. Divide the dough into workable batches, roll out to around 1/4 inch (6mm) thickness onto a lightly floured surface.

Cut out your cookies using With A Spin’s Interfaith cookie cutters.

Top each cookie with 1/2 teaspoon of the nut topping.

Bake for 8-10 minutes.

Allow your cookies to cool on the cookie sheet until firm enough to transfer to a cooling rack.

Please Note

The number of cookies will vary depending to how thick you roll your cookie dough and which cutters you use … and these decisions will also affect cooking time slightly so check your cookies early to avoid burning.

3 cookies topping and tea

I made half the amount of topping so I could give my young children ‘plain’ cookies … but then I forgot to add topping to the ones I wanted before cooking them. Whoops. We still enjoyed them very much.

Thank you Lail Hossain 🙂

We have also enjoyed using Lail’s Harmony cookie cutters with friends for play dough during an Abrahamic interfaith rhymes and stories session, alhamdulillah.

How about you? What friendly connections have you baked for World Interfaith Harmony Week? Have you taken a doable interfaith challenge?

Please tweet/post your pictures with the hashtag #HarmonyWithACupOfTea 🙂

Rainbow mug 3 HarmonyWithACupOfTea

Elizabeth Lymer is the author of interfaith and Muslim nursery rhymes books, and an avid rainbow-liker, alhamdulillah 🙂


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