Hersh Goldberg Polin’s chocolate chip cookies


230 grams (1 cup) of softened butter
100 grams (½ cup) of white sugar
250 grams (1 ¼ cup) of brown sugar (can use all brown or all white sugar)
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon of cardamom
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
2 eggs
370 grams (2 ¼ cups) of white flour (half spelt is a fun twist)
1 teaspoon of baking soda
½ teaspoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon of salt
350 grams (2 cups) of chocolate chips


In a mixer with a flat beater, mix the butter with sugars and spices until smooth. Gradually add the eggs and continue mixing for another two minutes.

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

Put the mixture in the refrigerator for at least half an hour (or overnight).


Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius (356 F).

Roll out the cookies in equal sizes and place them on a tray with baking paper, leaving large spaces between them. Bake for about 10 minutes until the cookies are not shiny.

Cool on a wire rack and wait for the compliments to roll in.

Pro Tip: I like to portion the dough out beforehand to assess how much I need to make.  I then freeze everything I haven’t baked in a sealed box. This way, I always have cookies to bake on hand. I take them out of the freezer, put them straight into the oven and add a maximum of two more minutes to the baking time.

Recipe and Photography Courtesy of Adi Shilon (@adishi)

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Hersh Goldberg Polin (23)

Hersh made aliyah with his family from the US to Israel when he was 7 years old, quickly integrating into the Jerusalem landscape and becoming a passionate fan of Hapoel Jerusalem’s basketball and soccer teams. He is a well-known and prominent figure in the Teddy and Arena stadiums and is a member of the fans’ organization, “The Malha Brigade."

Hersh loves to learn and read books; as a child, he bought atlases and studied their maps. He enjoys simple pleasures such as good music, parties, and travelling abroad. In December, he was supposed to board a plane to India for a big trip. He celebrated his 23rd birthday just 4 days prior to his kidnapping.

Hersh arrived with his friends to the party in Reim. When they heard the siren on Saturday morning, they rushed to a shelter where they encountered terrorists. His close friend, Aner Shapiro z'l, took command and decided that every grenade thrown towards the shelter would be thrown back at the terrorists. Aner threw about 7 grenades towards the terrorists, and on the eighth grenade, he was fatally wounded. Hersh himself was severely injured during the attack, losing his left hand. He was then taken by the terrorists to a pick-up truck and kidnapped into Gaza.

The last words he wrote to his mother, Rachel, minutes before he was injured and kidnapped were, "I love you. I'm sorry." His family's efforts to ensure that Hersh receives medical treatment in captivity have failed. His parents, John and Rachel, and his two younger sisters, are waiting for him at home, along with family and friends. His seat in the stands of Hapoel Jerusalem awaits him.

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