Easy Halva Almond Swirl Cookies Recipe: A Taste of Israel

By Alona

Published July 24, 2023.

a close up of two cookies on a wooden table

The origin of Halva dates back over 4,000 years! In the early 1900s, immigrants introduced it into Israeli cuisine, and it has been a highly influential ingredient since then. Almost every restaurant or food market that you visit in Israel offers a Halva based dessert. Made from sesame, it is very rich in protein, calcium, and Vitamin B. Artza has sourced the most delicious natural Almond Halva spread and partnered with a local a baker to create the perfect Halva almond swirl cookies for you.


Preheat the oven to 375’F and line a baking pan with parchment paper. In a bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, salt and baking powder. In a separate bowl mix the butter and sugars until combined. Then beat in the eggs and vanilla until fluffy. Mix in the flour mixture gently until everything is combined into a dough. If you want to indulge, you can add the chocolate chips and mix well. At this point, gently pour in the 3 tbs of Rusty’s spread and gently swirl it into the mixture. Roll 2-3 tbs of dough at a time into balls and place them evenly spread out on the prepared cookie sheets. Bake them in the preheated over for 8-10 minutes and take them out when they are just barely browned. Move them onto a cooling rack for ten minutes, pour yourself a cup of coffee and enjoy!

a person mixing food in a bowl with a wooden spoon


  • 1 CUP Softened Butter
  • 1 CUP White Sugar
  • 1 CUP Brown Sugar
  • 2 TSP Vanilla Extract
  • 2 LARGE Eggs
  • 3 CUPS All Purpose Flour
  • 1 TSP Baking Soda
  • 1/2 TSP Baking Powder
  • 1 TSP Salt
  • 3 TBS Rusty’s Almond Halva
  • 1 CUP (OPTIONAL) Chocolate Chips

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