Treasure Cookies

In this week’s Parsha, we learn about the ten remaining Makkos that Hashem brought upon the Mitzriyim, including Makkas Choshech – Darkness.

During this Makkah, it was pitch black for the Mitzriyim, but the Yidden had light. This enabled them to find the treasures of Mitzrayim, which they demanded as payment for their years of slavery.

Today, we will be making treasure cookies to remind us of the treasures the Yidden found in Mitzrayim.

 

Supplies:

  • Eggs
  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Oil
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Vanilla extract
  • Lemon juice
  • Powdered sugar
  • Sprinkles, edible pearls and gems
  • Yellow food coloring
  • Cookie Cutters

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Recipe

2/3 Cup Sugar

½ Cup Oil

2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

2 Eggs

2 ½ Cups Flour

2 Teaspoon Baking Powder

½ Teaspoon Salt

2 Teaspoon Lemon Juice

6 Tablespoons Powdered Sugar

 

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Mix oil and Sugar. Add Vanilla, then add one egg at a time.
  3. Add Flour, Baking Powder and Salt then mix
  4. When the dough is ready take a piece and roll it on a parchment paper. By using rectangle cookie cutters make 4 rectangles of the same size. In 2 of the rectangles make smaller rectangles inside and remove the inside.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes until golden brown.
  6. While baking in 2 bowls mix 1 teaspoon of lemon juice and 3 tablespoons of powdered sugar in each. To one of them add yellow food coloring.
  7. Pour the icing into 2 Ziploc bags, tie it and cut a small corner
  8. To assemble start stacking the cookies and icing. It will be cookie, icing, cookie, icing, and cookie. Turn the full rectangle cookie upside down and add icing around the corners like glue. Place a cookie with a hole in the middle, on top, repeat the icing as before and add the second cookie with the hole on top.
  9. Now it looks like a box! Pour some sprinkles, edible pearls and gems inside. Now only put icing on one long side of the top cookie and put the full rectangle cookie on top.
  10. Take yellow icing and gems and decorate the outside of your treasure chest box.
  11. Your chest box is ready! Open the cover to reveal the treasures!

 

Imagine

Imagine you are looking through an Egyptian house, searching for where they keep all their gold. In which cupboard, under which bed? This is not some ordinary house, but the very house in which you were enslaved.

This is what the Yidden experienced during the Makkah of Choshech. Hashem specifically made it dark for the Mitzriyim and light for the Yidden so that they could locate all of the gold and treasures of Mitzrayim undisturbed. This was so they would be able to demand these valuables as payment for their long years of slavery on their way out of Egypt.

Delving Deeper

400 years before Yetziyas Mitzrayim, at the Bris Bein Habesarim, Hashem told Avraham about the upcoming Golus his children and grandchildren would have to go through. But He promised that when the Yidden would leave Mitzrayim, they would leave with great wealth.

Finally, in this Parsha, the time came for this promise to be fulfilled. By instructing the Yidden to search for the treasures of Mitzrayim, Hashem was honoring His word and keeping His promise to Avraham, ensuring they would in fact take the treasures with them on their way out of Egypt.

We can learn from this to be careful with and honor our words, making sure that we keep to what we say; and not to say anything we don’t actually mean.

Bring It Home

  • Can you think of a time when you said something and made sure to keep your word?
  • What are ways to make sure you remember to think through what you say?

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