Shlomo Manzur’s Rose Cookies


For the dough:

3.5 cups of all-purpose flour
200 grams of butter or margarine
1 cup of sour cream or yogurt
3 eggs

For the cream:

3 egg whites
1 cup of sugar
1 packet of instant vanilla pudding


Combine all the dough ingredients until you have a smooth dough. Chill it in the refrigerator for an hour.

Beat the egg whites in a mixer until they form stiff peaks. Gradually add the sugar while continuing to beat well. Once the sugar is fully mixed, briefly pause the mixer and add the instant vanilla pudding. Resume mixing on low speed until the pudding powder is fully incorporated.

Divide the dough into three portions, roll each portion out, and spread a third of the cream over it. Roll it into a log shape. It’s recommended to freeze it for at least thirty minutes; this will make it easier to slice the cookies.

Slice the dough into cookies about 1.5 centimeters thick and place them on a baking sheet with some space between them to allow for spreading.

Bake in a preheated oven at 175 degrees Celsius (medium heat) until lightly golden.

Recipe courtesy of the family
Photo credit: Sarit Novak

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Shlomo Manzur (85)

Shlomo is a Holocaust survivor who endured the Farhud riots in Iraq. He helped establish Kibbutz Kisufim and has been living there with his wife Mazal for nearly 60 years. Those who know him describe him as a man with a kind heart, skilled hands, and a proactive nature. He's a talented blacksmith, a father to children, and a grandfather to 12 grandchildren. Shlomo's favorite treat is a rose-shaped cookie.

Shlomo was abducted from Kisufim. On October 7th, Shlomo and his wife Mazal were at home. Terrorists fired shots at the door, then forced their way inside. Mazal managed to hide in the bathroom. The terrorists found Shlomo, tied him up, and took him from the house. "It's hard to fathom how an 85-year-old copes with the nightmare forced upon him at this stage of life," said a family member.

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