15 Festive and Delicious Hanukkah Desserts
Try a different sweet treat (or a few of them!) on each of the eight nights.
On Hanukkah, it’s tradition to eat foods fried in oil. And that’s not just because these dishes are indulgent and delicious (although that, too), but because they are symbolic of the story behind the holiday: The "miracle of Hanukkah” refers to the menorah oil that was expected to last just one day, but instead lasted for eight days and filled the temple with light.
Celebrate all the holiday means by adding one these Hanukkah desserts to your menu. From traditional favorites (jelly donuts and chocolate gelt, of course) to more modern takes on the theme (like fudge dreidels and blue peanut butter kiss cookies), you can’t go wrong with these 15 easy and delicious Hanukkah dessert recipes.
These filled donuts are the most traditional among Hanukkah desserts. They are typically filled with jelly or custard, and are light, airy, and positively addictive. This recipe uses raspberry or strawberry jam for a classic filling, and is rolled in confectioners sugar for a tempting presentation.
These whimsical Hanukkah desserts take the form of dreidels — but they’re much tastier than the real thing. Cut peanut butter fudge into squares. Then push a pretzel stick into one side and a Hershey's Kiss on the other.
These balls of dough are glazed with honey for a perfectly sweet and bite-sized Hanukkah treat. Orange blossom water lends a light and bright citrusy flavor.
Another highly traditional Jewish baked good, rugelach is a slam-dunk comfort food crowd pleaser. Sometimes made with chocolate, fruits, or nuts, this cinnamon version calls for pecans and apricot preserves.
Sure, it’s much easier just to buy the foil-wrapped version. But these handmade chocolate coins are stunning, and require just a few ingredients. Paint on gold luster dust with a food-safe paint brush for a wow-worthy finish.
This traditional Easter European sweet bread is as good for dessert as it is for breakfast with a cup of coffee. Layers of cinnamon and chocolate create a fancy presentation — and a mouthwatering flavor profile.
Put a spin on traditional Hanukkah donuts with this fruity recipe. Dip apple slices in buttermilk, fry them golden brown, and serve them with caramel sauce for dipping.
Instead of chocolate, this babka recipe uses cinnamon brown sugar for filling, and a streusel topping. Like a cross between a bread and a cake, babka is equally delicious for brunch or dessert, and pairs perfectly with your favorite warm beverage.
This rugalach recipe couldn’t be easier: It uses pre-made dough from the freezer section and apple pie filling from a can (plus an egg, so technically that’s three!). With a little extra effort, whip up a glaze from almond milk and powdered sugar.
While challah is not typically considered dessert fare, this sweet version — almost like a babka — can’t be beat at any time of day. Bittersweet chocolate and orange juice impart the flavor, and braiding the dough results in a gorgeous, swirled presentation.
Fresh grated apples, cinnamon, and brown sugar make this bundt cake super flavorful and festive for the holiday season. Dust with powdered sugar... and watch it disappear.
A classic peanut butter kiss cookie recipe gets dressed up for Hanukkah in this colorful version. Instead of rolling the dough in regular sugar, roll in a variety of sparkly blue sprinkles and sugars for an eye-catching holiday twist.
If you love donuts and chocolate (and who doesn’t?), you’ll love this classic recipe any time of year. But chocolate donut twists also work great for Hanukkah as an alternative to more traditional sufganiyot.
Austria’s version of jelly donuts is known as krapfen. The light and fluffy treat is sometimes filled with vanilla custard; this one is filled with a spoonful of apricot jam. A couple of teaspoons of rum adds an extra pop of flavor.
This traditional Jewish apple cake is made richer and creamier with cream cheese. Brown butter imparts a nutty flavor just right for the season. Instead of a bundt, bake this one in a springform pan for a different twist on the shape.
Get the recipe for brown butter cream cheese Jewish apple cake
From: Good Housekeeping US