cookies

A Classic Treat - At Home

Bring homemade oreos to your next event - and be the life of the party!

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For a long time Oreos were a no-go for kosher consumers. Its lard-filled filling was just not going to be on the table for most observant Jews. But in the mid 1990s Nabisco finally replaced the lard, rendering Oreos available for all Jews.

Ingredients
Ingredients: 
Cookie:
9 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
2/3 cup sugar
1 egg yolk
1 1/4 cups (155 grams) all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
Filling:
2 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
1 cup sifted confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
1 teaspoon vanilla

Swiss Cinnamon Crisps

Enjoy the return to chametz with this fun, quick cookie.

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A friend recently told me that she loves my blog, but that she only makes the recipes that are easy and have a high yield. I get it; I happen to like spending time in the kitchen, but many people want to get in and out as quickly as possible.

Ingredients
Ingredients: 
For the Cookies:
1 cup (16 tablespoons/200g) butter or margarine, softened
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
Zest of 1 lemon (about 1 tablespoon)
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon cinnamon
For the Cinnamon Topping:
1 egg
2 tablespoons milk (or substitute soy milk or orange juice)
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon

A Cornucopia Of Hamantaschen

Try your tri-cornered treats with lemon, peanut butter, apple or coconut.

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These days, the biggest trend in the classic Purim treats is wild and wacky flavors - in both the dough and the filling - like these red velvet variety from What Jew Wanna Eat, or rum-raisin from Trini Gourmet or this pear and goat cheese offering from Joy of Kosher.

Ingredients
Ingredients: 
1 1/2 cups sweetened, shredded coconut
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon cocoa
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
Sub Recipes
Sub Recipe: 
Raspberry Filling:
 
8 ounces raspberries (I used frozen)
¼ cup water
1/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
½ cup raspberry jam
 

Blend together the raspberries, water, sugar and lemon juice. Mix in the jam.

Layers Of Goodness

Tuck one of these peanut butter-topped brownies into your Purim packages this year.

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If it ain't broke, don't fix it. That saying probably wasn't meant to apply to the heavenly combination of peanut butter and chocolate, but it works just the same. Reese's Peanut Butter Cups were invented in 1928, and the combo has simply stuck around.

Ingredients
Ingredients: 
150g semisweet chocolate, roughly chopped
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
1/2 tsp instant espresso powder or instant coffee powder
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar
2 eggs plus one egg yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon dark unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar
175g semisweet or milk chocolate, finely chopped OR 1 cup chocolate chips

Halvah Hamantaschen

An updated filling and dough bring richness and tenderness to an often-disappointing Purim classic.

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Welcome to our new series in which we seek to gently tweak the anachronisms of the Jewish culinary canon (shav, we’re looking at you). With a little bit of love, we’re convinced we can reclaim the dishes that seem the strangest to the modern palate. Sweet and sour tongue, anyone?

Ingredients
Ingredients: 
For the Dough:
¾ cup granulated sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
1½ teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 stick butter, softened
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
2 tablespoons orange juice
For the Filling:
1 cup tahini paste
1 cup powdered sugar
Water, as needed
2 tablespoons sesame seeds, for garnish

Ginger-Sorghum Cookies

Gluten-free sorghum might be getting trendy today, but it has been on American tables since Abraham Lincoln's time.

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Who knew that gluten-free would become so trendy? True, gluten is a real concern for people with Celiac disease. But many of us without a diagnosis have also discovered that we also feel better after cutting down on bread, pasta and other products made with wheat, rye and other grains.

Ingredients
Ingredients: 
3/4 cup vegetable shortening
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 cup plus 1/4 cup sugar, divided
1 egg
1/4 cup sorghum syrup
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon grated nutmeg

A Sweet Crowd Pleaser

To satisfy demand, make a double batch of these chewy honey cookies.

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I'm always looking for crowd pleaser cookies. Sure, I love experimenting with peanut butter, oatmeal, craisins, apples and pretty much anything one can put in a cookie. But if I'm baking for a big crowd, I like to play things a bit safer, so I know that everyone will enjoy them.

Ingredients
Ingredients: 
2/3 cup (150g) oil
1 cup (200g) sugar
1/4 cup (85g) honey
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups (250g) flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
turbinado/demerara sugar, for rolling

Classic Cookie, Secret Ingredient

A 'magic' addition to chocolate chip cookies brings them to a whole new level.

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Practically everybody has a recipe for chocolate cookies. Depending on your preferences, chewy or crispy, thin or thick, big chunks of chocolate or little slivers dispersed throughout, there's a tried and tested favorite for everyone. But I'm betting most people haven't tried this version, with a secret ingredients transforms things completely.

Ingredients
Ingredients: 
1 cup (2 sticks/225g) butter or margarine, melted
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/4 cup dark molasses
1 egg plus 1 egg yolk
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups plus 2 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups chocolate chips or chunks (or finely chopped chocolate)

Celebrating Citrus, Winter's Seasonal Fruit

Dip lime and coconut cookies in white chocolate and find bright flavor in a dark season.

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In these cold winter months, its still possible to get bright pops of flavor in your food in the form of citrus! Oranges, grapefruits, lemons and limes all have sharp, delicious flavors that are perfect in a variety of baked goods (see lemon curd linzer torte, orange chocolate tart or coconut grapefruit cupcakes).

Ingredients
Ingredients: 
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1 1/2 cups sugar
zest of one large lime
1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3 tablespoons lime juice
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup white chocolate chips

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Celebrate fall with these fun, kid-friendly cookies.

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Ingredients
Ingredients: 
Cookie:
2 sticks (1 cup) butter or margarine, melted
2 cups packed light brown sugar
4 eggs
2 cups (about 1 15-oz. can) canned pumpkin
2 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice (OR 1 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon allspice and 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger)
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 1/3 cups flour
Frosting:
4 ounces cream cheese
1 stick (1/2 cup) margarine or butter, softened
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
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