Israeli Christmas recipe - Halva Almond swirl cookies

By Amy-Leigh Idas
Edited by Itai Schimmel

Published October 26, 2022.

Artza Christmas Cookie Recipe

The origin of Halva dates back over 4,000 years! In the early 1900’s 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 you will be able to order a Halva based dessert. Made from sesame, it is very rich in protein, calcium, and Vitamin B. We have 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.


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 TABLESPOONS Artza Rusty’s Almond Halva

1 CUP (OPTIONAL) Chocolate Chips


Preheat the oven to 375’F and line a baking pan with baking cookie sheets. In a bowl mix the flour, baking soda, salt and baking powder. In a separate bowl mix the butter and sugars until combined, and 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 chip cookies and mix well. At this point gently pour in the 3 tbs’s 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 barely start to brown. Move them onto a cooling rack for ten minutes, pour yourself a cup of coffee and enjoy!

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