Matan Zangauker’s Abadi Cookies


500 grams of all-purpose flour
1 heaping teaspoon of baking powder
1 tablespoon of fine salt
1 cup of sesame seeds
1 cup of canola oil
1 glass of cold soda water


Preheat your oven to 180°C (about 350°F) on turbo mode. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and sesame seeds.

Gradually add the canola oil and soda water to the dry ingredients. Mix with a wooden spoon until you achieve a uniform dough that pulls away from the sides of the bowl. You may need to use your hands a bit to fully incorporate the ingredients.

Pinch off small portions of dough and roll them into balls. Then, roll each ball into a snake-like shape, forming the familiar Abadi cookie shape.

Place the shaped cookies onto the prepared baking sheets.

Bake in the preheated oven for about 30 minutes, or until the cookies turn golden brown.

Once baked, turn off the oven and leave the door wide open to allow the cookies to dry inside for a crispier texture.

Once completely cooled, store the cookies in a closed container to keep them fresh.

Recipe courtesy of the family

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Matan Zangauker (24)

Matan Zangauker, 24-years-old, was abducted on October 7th along with his partner, Ilana Grichevski, from their home in Kibbutz Nir Oz. Not only do Matan and Ilana share a workplace but also a home filled with love, alongside their beloved dog. While Ilana was thankfully released after 55 days in captivity, Matan remains in captivity. Matan embodies paternal qualities, having grown up in a single-parent household with two younger sisters, whom he has cared for like a father. He is known as the ultimate friend and family member, always there to lend support and love.

A devoted family man, Matan rarely eats outside the home, prioritizing Shabbat dinners with his mother and sisters above all else. His friends affectionately call him "spider" due to his fear of spiders, a nickname that has stuck among his close circle.

Matan's abduction was solely due to Israeli and Jewish identity, taken from his bed at home. Matan has a fondness for classic Israeli dishes like cheesecakes, creamy pasta, mushroom burekas, and Abadi cookies. We eagerly await Matan's return home and are readying to prepare him a grand feast complete with all his favorite foods and to celebrate his real birthday at home.

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