Margorie Goldberg’s Kichel

Margorie Goldberg


Margorie Goldberg's Kichel

Margorie Goldberg
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Rising Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Jewish


  • measuring cups and spoons
  • electric mixer with paddle attachment
  • Rolling Pin
  • pastry cutter or dull knife
  • cookie sheets


  • 5 large eggs
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp. sugar plus 1 cup for rolling
  • 2-1/3 cups high-gluten or unbleached all-purpose flour OR 2 cups regular flour + 1/3 cup gluten flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt


  • Place the eggs, vanilla, vegetable oil, 1 tsp. of the sugar, and the flour, baking powder and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle and blend on low speed until incorporated; then beat on high for 5 minutes.
  • Remove the paddle and scrape the batter down the sides of the bowl. Rest the dough in the bowl, covered, until soft and spongy outside, about 1 hour. Then remove it from the bowl -- it will be sticky -- and make a ball out of it.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease 2 cookie sheets.
  • Sprinkle a work surface with the 1 cup sugar, about 1/8 inch deep. Place the dough in the center, flatten it slightly with a rolling pin and sprinkle the dough liberally with sugar. Don't be bashful with the sugar.
  • Roll the dough to a thickness of 1/8 inch( not less), a rectangle about 18 by 12 inches. Then, using a pastry cutter or a dull knife, cut out the dough into strips 3/4 inch wide and 2 inches long. Lift each strip, twist in the middle to make a bow tie and place on the cookie sheets, leaving 1/2 inch between each strip.
  • Bake the kichel for 25 to 30 minutes on the middle rack of the oven, until the cookies are hard to the touch on all corners and golden brown. (If using 1 oven, put the cookie sheets on the top and center racks, then switch them midway). To test for doneness, break a kichel in half. If it is doughy or too soft, it is not done yet. Return to the oven for a few minutes more.
Keyword Cookies, Kichel

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