These cookies have inspired cooks all over the Blogosphere. I took the recipe from Chanit’s blog, My Mom’s Recipes and More, but doubled it because the original doesn’t make enough to keep the family happy. They are made with margarine to keep them pareve.
The cookies couldn’t be simpler to make, and they are extremely, meltingly, delicious.
Tehina Cookies yield: about 3 dozen cookies
200 grams soft margerine
1 cup sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
1 cup tehina. If there’s a layer of oil floating on top of the jar, stir in back in.
2 cups plus 4 Tblsp. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
optional: 2 Tblsp. pine nuts and powdered sugar
Preheat the oven to 160 C – 325 F.
1. Cream the margerine and the sugar together.
2. Add the vanilla and the tehina and blend again.
3. Combine the flour and the baking powder; add to the tehina mixture.
4. Form balls the size of walnuts and place them on a baking sheet protected with baking paper. The dough is dry and crumbly, so squeeze it together to make the balls.
If adding the optional pine nuts, do it like this: form one cookie ball; take 2 or 3 pine nuts into your left palm, and with your right hand, press the ball onto them. Reverse it onto the baking sheet. If the ball crumbles slightly, just squeeze it back into shape with your fingertips.
Some of the cookies looked like little caricatures. My family has given up wondering why I laugh when I’m alone in the kitchen…
Bake for 13-15 minutes. Do not bake longer. The cookies need a little moisture to retain their shape and not crumble.
Cool the baking tray on a rack, and don’t touch the cookies for at least 5 minutes. If they’re handled while hot, they will fall apart.
Dust with powdered sugar if you wish, when they’re cool. Hide a few for yourself before you offer them to family and friends.