I’ve been wanting to blog about the Mothers Circle Cookbook for a few months now. The Mothers Circle is a wonderful organization dedicated to helping intermarried families learn, celebrate, and integrate Jewish traditions into their family lives. I am a Women’s Advisory Board member of the Jewish Outreach Institute, the organization that created the Mothers Circle program. It’s a terrific resource for interfaith families who are raising Jewish children.
Recently, the Mothers Circle published a short cookbook called (not surprisingly!) The Mothers Circle Cookbook.
Last week, I decided to try a recipe from the cookbook – Passover Chocolate Chip Cookies. It was submitted to the book by Mothers Circle member Kathy Kersul-Wiener. Of the recipe, she writes:
After several years of suffering through store-bought Passover “treats,” I decided that I’d better learn to make them myself. I think the secret to this recipe is that the chocolate chips overwhelm the matzo.
I have to say, these cookies are really tasty! With all of that butter and chocolate, how could they not be?? I did find the chocolate to be a bit heavy-handed; the original recipe calls for 3 cups of chocolate chips, which made the cookies too sweet for my taste. I have adapted the recipe by reducing the amount of chocolate chips to 2 cups, which is more than enough chocolate for this Shiksa. If you’re a big fan of chocolate and sweet, you may want to try 3 cups like the original recipe suggests. Either way, this recipe is a keeper!
For those of you wondering what matzo cake meal is, it’s simply matzo that has been ground very fine into a powdery texture. It is generally used for baking Passover treats. Most grocers who have a kosher section carry it during Passover.
If you’d like to check out the Mother’s Circle Cookbook yourself, log on to their website: http://www.themotherscircle.org
Note: According to a blog reader, this recipe originally appeared in Marcy Goldman’s book A Treasury of Jewish Holiday Baking. This was not cited in the Mother’s Circle Cookbook, so I was unaware of the connection. I have not had a chance to check out Marcy Goldman’s book, but if this recipe is any indication, I’ll bet it’s worth a read!
Amended Note: Another reader said that this is NOT a recipe from A Treasury of Jewish Holiday Baking. Go figure!
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- 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter
- 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
- 2 tbsp honey
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups matzo cake meal
- 1/4 cup matzo meal
- 2 cups chocolate chips (original recipe calls for 3 cups)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cream the butter with brown sugar, honey, vanilla and salt. Add eggs and mix well.
- Mix in cake meal and matzo meal.
- Stir in the chocolate chips.
- Drop by tablespoons onto ungreased cookie sheets 2 inches apart. Press down to flatten, if desired.
- Bake 12-15 minutes until slightly golden. These are great when slightly warmed, dipped in a cold, frothy glass of milk. Yum!