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"Tzar'at Hand Cookies

It’s time for another Parshah treat, and this week we have a little reminder for positive talking. This week’s Torah portion discusses tzar’at, a skin condition that is caused by speaking forbidden gossip about another person, and often it appeared as a white discoloration on the skin.

For our Parshah edible this week, we will be creating these mini hand cookies with “tzar’at”

Let’s get started with this simple treat!

Here’s What You Will Need:

  • Basic cookie dough (recipe below)

  • Coconut flakes

  • Hand cookie cutter

  • Rolling pin

Let’s Get Started:

Sugar Cookie Recipe:

  • 2 and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (plus more as needed for rolling)

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 3/4 cup margarine, softened

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 large egg, at room temperature

  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract.

  • 2-3 tablespoons water (as needed)


Whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a medium bowl. Set aside. In a large bowl, beat the margarine and sugar until smooth and creamy.

Add the egg, vanilla, and almond extract. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until combined. Add tablespoons of water one at a time, if the dough is crumbly. If the dough seems too soft and sticky for rolling, add 1 more Tablespoon of flour.

Divide the dough in half and roll out each half of the dough in between parchment paper to prevent sticking.

Refrigerate the two rolled doughs for at least an hour.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Remove the rolled cookie dough from the refrigerator.

Use the hand cookie cutters to cut hand shapes out of the dough.

Place the cut-out cookies onto a baking tray, and generously pour coconut flakes on top. Bake for 12 minutes.

Remove cookies from the oven and allow cookies to cool.

Once the cookies are completely cool, lift the cookies, one at a time and shake off the excess coconut flakes. This will allow the top layer (slightly browned) coconut flakes to fall off, leaving the cookies with a white layer of coconut flakes.

And as simple as that we created our edible treat for this week’s Torah portion, Parshat Tazria. Enjoy these adorable and tasty treats!

We hope to see you next week for more edible fun!

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