Parshat Tzav (and Vayikra): Cow Cookies

I know I didn’t post a parsha project last week–but I did do one, really! Last week’s parsha and this week’s are about korbanot, or the animal and meal offerings.

Last week we made whole wheat cookies (a meal offering), and this week, more cookies. We talked about the parsha and the Thanksgiving Offering, which involved so much food that had to be eaten in a such short amount of time, that lots of people had to be invited to share in eating it. Then we talked about sharing and mishloach manot.

But, here is how to make the cookies:

Divide your cookie dough, leaving 3/4 of the dough vanilla flavored, and add cocoa powder to the remainder to make it chocolate (about 1 Tbl. for a dough made with 2 cups of flour). Roll out both dough 1/8″ thick.

Then tear the chocolate dough into small, irregular pieces and lay them over the white dough in a random pattern. Use the rolling pin to gently press in the chocolate dough and make a cow pattern:

Now, you just cut out cows (you will get at least two dozen from a cookie recipe with 2 cups of flour):

Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. You could use chocolate to add eyes before or after baking.

Cow Cookies

1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. baking powder
7-9 ounces flour (about 1 1/2 cups to 2 cups flour)

1 Tbl. cocoa powder

Beat sugar, oil, egg, and vanilla for ten minutes. Add the baking powder. Stir in 1 1/2 cups of the flour. Add more as needed. It will be a bit hard to use up all the flour, but you could. The dough should be soft, but not sticky. Take 1/4 of the dough and add in the cocoa powder (or more, if a darker color is desired). Knead the cocoa powder in until the dough is an even chocolate color.

Roll out the dough 1/8″ thick as described above.  Cut and bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes, until lightly golden at the edges.

You can use the dough for hamantaschen, too.

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9 Responses to “Parshat Tzav (and Vayikra): Cow Cookies”

  1. lisamichele Says:

    I LOVE these..they are soo cute! How perfect to be served with milk, huh? LOL Also adore your hamentashen cookie pops. The ‘new’ cake pop 🙂

  2. Chavi Samet Says:

    These look fantastic! Spot on 😉 Purim sameach!

  3. Lauren Says:

    Too cute! I love cows! This technique would be really cute for dalmatian cookies, as well.

  4. moshesharon Says:

    The Parsha Shemini is about the completion of the inauguration of the Tabernacle. The number seven represents all things occurring within the natural construct of this finite world, while the number eight represents all things beyond nature, or infinity. According to Rashi, the eighth day was the day of re-establishing the eternal connection with the Almighty that we had lost when we stumbled and fumbled with the golden calf.

    Here at the beginning of this portion, we are witness to the momentous occasion of our reconciliation with our Creator, who is beyond all things natural and supernatural. Once Aaron had achieved atonement with the final offerings of the eighth day, the Shechina descended into full view and all of the people fell on their faces. G-d resumed His place among His people. Thus the Torah reminds us that we are a Holy people whose very existence as a nation is beyond nature.

    Therefore, the prime minister would do well to remember that G-d is the Guardian of Israel and that destroying Jewish homes gives the impression to our enemies that the Israeli government has abandoned the Jewish people who remain in Samaria leaving them at the mercy of the Arab cutthroats. The only way to prevent more killing is for the Israeli politicians to back up the Jewish heroes who are establishing their homes on Jewish land in the face of Arab hatred and, worse yet, Israeli government apathy. More at

  5. Meredith Says:

    I love these cookies and so will all my kiddos at our local storytime! THANK. YOU.

  6. Chag Sameach! (Easy Chanukah Cookies) | Pragmatic Attic Says:

    […] Pareve Sugar Cookies. Another, very similar, oil-based sugar cookie dough that I have made is here (cow cookies). 2 cups flour (9 oz.) 1 tsp. baking powder 1/4 tsp. salt 6 Tbsp. oil (3 oz.) 1 Tbl. water 1 Tbsp. […]

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