Parshat Tetzveh discusses the garments the Kohanim (priests) and Kohen Gadol (high priest) wore when they did the service in the Tabernacle. One of the most special items the Kohen Gadol wore was the Choshen. It was a square (approx. 10″), made out of multiple materials, and worn over the chest. It had 12 stones set in gold settings embedded in it, with each stone having the name of one of the tribes engraved on it.
In this week’s dessert we made cookies to resemble the Choshen that the Kohen Gadol wore. We made a batch of sugar cookies and used a square cookie cutter to cut the shapes out (you can easily use a knife if you don’t have a cookie cutter). Use thin licorice as the string that holds the choshen.
2 Sticks Margarine
1 c Sugar
3 c Flour
3 tsp Baking powder
2 tsp Vanilla sugar
Drop Orange Juice
Cream margarine and sugar, then add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Refrigerate dough for about 30 minutes. Roll out and cut shapes. Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes.
Step 2- Use mini-chocolate lentils to represent the stones by pressing the chocolates 4 x 3 into the raw dough. Push the chocolates in firmly so they won’t fall out. Then bake.
Step 3- Once the cookies cooled poke small holes using a toothpick into the 4 corners.
Step 4- Thread the lasso string candy through the holes to represent the chains that held the Choshen or breastplate.