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
Passover Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 2 sticks 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!