• Chocolate Chip Cookies. Photo: Adi Shilon.
    Chocolate Chip Cookies. Photo: Adi Shilon.
  • Hersh Goldberg-Polin. Photo courtesy of the family.
    Hersh Goldberg-Polin. Photo courtesy of the family.
Recipe

Hersh Goldberg-Polin’s Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies

Their favorite dish: Hirsch Goldberg-Polin is everyone's favorite friend and these are his favorite chocolate chip cookies, made by Adi Shilon

When you’re with Hersh, it’s a time of pure fun where every moment is an opportunity for an awesome adventure. At 8 years old, Hersh embarked on his first adventure when he immigrated to Israel from California with his parents. Hersh is a friend everyone wants to be around, he’s beyond funny, incredibly clever and ridiculously smart, and beneath it all, he has the calmest soul. So calm that when you hold his hand you’ll find yourself riding that same energy wave and you’ll never want to let go.

Since he is the sweetest 23 year old, it’s no surprise that his favorite treat is simple, sweet, and delicious chocolate chip cookies. The kind you simply can’t put down. Hersh loves watching Hapoel Jerusalem (his favorite team) play soccer. When there isn’t a game, than National Geographic takes first place. He loves listening to music on his head phones and you know he’s listening to Mizrachit music if he’s smiling from ear to ear the whole time.He likes long hikes, dancing at music festivals or passing time at his favorite bar in Jerusalem, Sira.

‏Hersh loves flying and traveling. This month he was finally due to take off on his long awaited trip to India. A trip he’s been carefully planning for some time.

‏Hersh Goldberg- Polin went to dance at the festival in Re’im but did not return. He was kidnapped by Hamas, and is still being held in Gaza.

Ingredients for Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • 2 sticks (8 oz/230 grams) butter room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (100 grams) Sugar
  • 1¼ cups (250 grams) brown sugar (you can do all brown or all white, if you prefer)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups (370 grams) flour (half spelt is also fun)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 12 oz (350 grams) chocolate chips

Instructions

  • 1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the sugars, spices and butter until fluffy.

  • 2. Add the eggs one at a time and continue to mix for another two minutes.

  • 3. In a separate bowl mix together all the other ingredients, except the chocolate chips, and add to the mixer. Mix very little, then add the chocolate chips and mix just until you don't see any more flour.

  • 4. Put the mixture in the fridge for at least half an hour, though overnight is even better.

  • 5. Heat the oven to 355F (180C) degrees.

  • 6. Roll cookies in balls of equal size and arrange them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper with plenty of room for spreading.

  • 7. Bake for about 10 minutes until the cookies are no longer shiny on top. Remove to a cooling rack and bask in the glow of the many compliments.

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*I roll all the dough into balls and freeze anything I haven’t baked in a sealed box. So I always have chocolate chip cookies ready to go. I take it out of the freezer straight into the oven and add a maximum of two more minutes to the baking time.

This recipe is part of Adi Shilon’s “Their Favorite Dish” project, which tells the story of 60 abductees through the recreation of their favorite recipe for a pastry or dessert. For all the details and additional recipes in the project.

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