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Matzo Farfel Chocolate Chip Cookies

March 21, 2021

On April 19, 1995, my mom went into labor while baking matzo farfel chocolate chip cookies. A few hours later, at 12:06 a.m., the break of Passover’s sixth day, I was born. When my parents were finally able to take me home from the hospital, the cookies were there, waiting for me: My mom, nervous my birth would cause her cookies to burn, made sure my aunt would know when to come over to take them out of the oven.

Sometimes, my birthday and Passover overlap. But instead of celebrating this double holiday, I’ve come to rue it.

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  • 2cups matzo farfel
  • 2cups matzo meal
  • 1cup sugar
  • ¾ cup oil
  • 4eggs
  • 1teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼teaspoon salt
  • ½cup chocolate chips, (I often double it)
  • ½cup chopped nuts (can omit for those allergic)
  • 3tablespoon orange juice


  • Step 1

    Mix everything together w/spatula or wooden spoon

  • Step 2

    Drop dollops onto greased cookie sheet

  • Step 3

    Bake at 325 degrees for 20-25 minutes, checking to see if they need to brown a bit more

  • Step 4