Haim Peri’s Abadi cookies


For the dough:

140 grams (1 cup) flour (see notes for the gluten-free version)
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon of salt
30 grams of sesame
60 ml (1/4 cup) oil (regular or olive)
60 ml (1/4 cup) of water


Put flour, baking powder, salt, sesame seeds, oil and water in a bowl and mix with a spoon until you get a uniform and fairly greasy dough.

Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface and knead for a few more moments until it is uniform and comfortable to work with. If the dough is too sticky – add a bit of flour.

Divide the dough into 4 parts and roll each piece of dough into a long, thin strip. Cut each strip into short strips 8-10 cm long and close into a circle shape. Place on a tray with baking paper. Repeat the process with all the dough to create all the cookies.

Heat the oven to 180 degrees. Bake the cookies for 15-25 minutes or until deep golden.

Cool completely at room temperature and store in a sealed jar.

Notes, clarifications and additions:

Gluten-free version: use regular flour in the same amount instead of white flour.

A slightly healthier version: use wholemeal or spelled flour instead of white flour in the same amount. It may be necessary to add a drop of liquid so that the dough is not too dry.

For zaatar flavored cookies: add a teaspoon of dry zaatar to the dough.

For spicy cookies: add ½ teaspoon of ground chili to the dough.

Instead of regular sesame seeds, you can use whole or black sesame seeds or even ground sesame seeds to diversify the flavors.

The cookies are kept in an airtight jar for up to 10 days.

Recipe courtesy of Nataile Levin

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Haim Peri (79)

Haim Peri, 79 years old, was kidnapped to Gaza from Kibbutz Nir Oz on 7.10.23

Haim was born in Givatayim, in 1944. He grew up in the Borchov neighborhood and attended the "Kalai" high school. In his youth, he joined the "Hashomer HaTza’ir" youth movement and from there, aged 18, he joined a Gar'in (core group of people who together founded a kibbutz) and arrived at Kibbutz Nir Oz. In Nir Oz he met Osnat; they have 5 children and 13 grandchildren.

In the kibbutz he combines his skills as a carpenter, his work in the garage and his great love for sculpting in iron and wood. His sculptures are placed throughout the kibbutz, and in the fields he established a sculpture garden and a gallery for revolving exhibitions. This became a place, a stage and exposure for artists from the region and all over the country. Over the years he has also always engaged in creative writing - scripts, stories and also wrote two children's books.

Haim is a humanist in every fiber of his soul, and guided by his strong values. He is always all about the people; he sees every person, and puts their well-being and rights in the center. He appreciates knowledge, values, good company, people who are willing to make an effort for something of moral value. While prestige, money, assets, and status never impressed him. He does not submit to dictates and trends. As part of this, he insisted for decades on wearing the same clothes and claimed that "even a clock that is not working, shows the correct time twice a day".

He has a witty and sharp sense of humor, reads countless books, is an avid fan of Hapoel Tel Aviv, loves cinema, culture and diverse music: from Arik Einstein and Chava Elberstein, through rock classics, to jazz. Haim is a "people person", enjoys family and friends gatherings, always with a glass of wine, beer or whiskey.

As a grandfather, he is dedicated and invested. He is an eternal child who always takes the grandchildren for a walk, to the pool, to the animal-petting area, to the fields - to pick, taste, run around and enjoy the simple things of life, like a fresh orange eaten under a tree in an orchard.


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