Israeli Elections 2013, 22 of January

    Israeli Elections 2013, 22 of January 
    Israeli Tahini Almond Cookies vs. Israeli Honey Cookies
    Israeli Tahini Almond Cookies
    1 cup all-purpose flour
     1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (140 g) whole wheat flour
      3/4 cup ground almonds
     1 1/2 stick (150 grams) cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
     3/4 cup sugar
     1 tsp. vanilla extract
     Pinch of salt
     2 tsp. water
     3/4 cup plus 2 Tbs. raw tahini paste
    1. Preheat oven to 350ºF (175ºC) degrees. Line two baking sheets
         with parchment paper.
    2. In a food processor, blend the all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour,
        ground almonds, butter, sugar, vanilla and salt, and process until  
        the mixture looks crumbly.
    3. Add water and tahini and process until a smooth dough begins to
        form. Remove the dough from the food processor bowl and knead it
       a few times on the counter until smooth. (If the dough feels very dry,
       dampen your hands and knead the dough slightly.)
    4. Create small balls of the dough, place them on the baking sheet,
         then flatten each one slightly with your fingers.
    5. Bake for about 12-14 minutes, or until golden brown.
    Israeli Honey Cookies
    1/2 CUP Shortening
    1/2 cup - Honey
    1 Egg
    1 tsp Vanilla
    1 cup, sifted All-purpose flour
    1 tsp Baking powder
    1/4 tsp Salt
    1/2 cup Quick-cooking oats
    1/2 cup chopped Nuts
    1/2 cup Seedless raisins
     1 cup Semi-sweet chocolate morsels-1 package, chopped

    1. In a bowl, beat together shortening and honey until light
       and fluffy.
    2. Add egg and vanilla and beat well.
    3. In another bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt
       and add to creamed mixture.
    4. Add remaining ingredients and blend well.
    5. Take a greased baking sheet and drop batter with teaspoon
       on it. Flatten with tines of a fork.
    6. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes

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    Yours, Nitza Gilad