Romi Gonen’s alfajores cookies


150 grams butter or margarine
200 grams sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 egg
100 grams flour
300 grams cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking powder
Zest of half a lemon
1 teaspoon brandy or cognac
Milk jam for filling
Desiccated coconut for coating


Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F).

In a bowl or using a hand mixer with guitar-shaped beaters, mix the sugar and butter until a uniform dough is formed.

Sift together the flour, baking powder, and cornstarch. Add the vanilla extract, egg, and lemon zest to the butter mixture and mix well. Gradually add the flour mixture and stir until combined. Add the brandy.

Roll out the dough on a floured surface to a thickness of about 1/2 cm (1/4 inch). Cut into circles about 3-4 cm (1-1.5 inches) in diameter, according to preference. Place on a lined baking sheet.

Bake for about 12 minutes until the cookies are dry. Allow to cool, then spread milk jam on one cookie and sandwich with another. Roll the edges in desiccated coconut.

Recipe courtesy of the family

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Romi Gonen (23)

Romi is a strong, joyful, and happy girl. A typical Israeli girl. She's beloved and positive, the kind of person people gravitate towards wherever she goes. Romi is the third child out of five siblings; she loves dogs, dancing, and hiking. Romi's favorite cookie is an alfajores cookie.

Romi was kidnapped from the party in Re'im while she was severely injured. There of the people with her in the car were murdered - including her close friend Gaia Halifa, Ofir Tzarfati and Ben Shimoni, who returned three times to save people. Gaia and Romi wore matching friendship hats that accompanied them everywhere. The hat is currently at the site of the party after the attack, waiting for Romi to return together with her family and friends.

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