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Kichel (Jewish Bow Tie Cookies)

4.57 from 53 votes
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Resting time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 36 cookies
Calories 62
This traditional Jewish cookie was a staple at Jewish bakeries. This easy to make recipe will take you back to your childhood.


Kichel Dough

  • 190 grams all purpose flour (1½ cups plus 1 Tablespoon)
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 egg yolk, at room temperature
  • 76 grams vegetable oil (⅓ cup plus 1 Tablespoon)
  • teaspoon vanilla

Sugar Coating

  • 150 grams sugar, divided (¾ cup)


  • In a small bowl, mix flour, 2 teaspoons sugar, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  • In mixer with paddle attachment, combine eggs, egg yolk, oil and vanilla. Mix on low speed until fully combined, 30-60 seconds. With mixer on low speed, slowly add the dry ingredients in three stages until fully combined. You may have to stop to scrape down the sides of the bowl a few times. Continue beating for 15-20 minutes to develop the gluten, stopping every 5 minutes or so to scrape down the sides of the bowl. The dough will be very sticky.
  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow the dough to rest for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Liberally spread approximately ¼ cup sugar on parchment paper set on countertop. (You can do this directly on the countertop, but it makes for a much easier cleanup to do it on parchment paper.) Use a rubber spatula or bowl scraper to scoop the sticky dough onto the top of the sugar. Liberally spread an additional ¼ cup of sugar on top of the mound of dough. Roll dough to approximately ¼ inch thick, using a bench scraper to guide the dough to create and maintain a rectangle, approximately 7 inches by 12 inches. Continue to coat the dough using as much of the remaining sugar as necessary (top and bottom) while rolling out the dough.
  • With a pizza cutter or a knife, cut rectangles, 1 inch by 2 inches. (Make 1 inch cuts along the side of the dough that is 7 inches, and make 2 inch cuts along the side of the dough that is 12 inches.) Twist each rectangle in the middle. Place on prepared baking sheet, 2 inches apart from each other. Bake 25-30 minutes until the edges and bottoms are deep golden brown. Allow to cool completely, leaving them out at room temperature for several hours.


  • For puffier Kichel, bake on the bottom third of the oven. 
  • Kichel will stay fresh for at least several days stored in an airtight container. They also freeze very well.
Calories: 62kcal
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Jewish
Keyword: bow tie, cookies, kichel


Calories: 62kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 45mg | Potassium: 12mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 27IU | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg