Hanukkah Recipes to Make with Your Kids

Nov 29, 2021  |  By Evelina G
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Keep the Hanukkah excitement in your house going for all 8 nights with these scrumptious, holiday-themed recipes for the whole family to enjoy. Festive and yummy, they’re also fun to make – and even the kids will be able to help out!

And for an explanation of different Hanukkah food traditions and more ideas for holiday dishes to make, check out our 8 Classic Hanukkah Foods post.

Read on for our top 4 Hanukkah recipes to make with your kids, and pass on Jewish holiday joy from generation to generation.

1. Holiday Sugar Cookies

Sweets are a classic Hanukkah food, particularly for kids!

Make these simple yet delicious sugar cookies, then decorate them with blue and white frosting and make holiday designs – a great activity if your children are into crafts or even just expressing their Jewish pride. And if you have holiday-themed cookie cutters like Stars of David, even better!

These sugar cookies are made with butter, for a touch of holiday decadence and in line with the Hanukkah tradition of eating dairy in honor of the legend of Judith.

Ingredients:

  • 2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 ½ cups white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Frosting for decoration

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth, either by hand with a wooden spoon or using an electric mixer. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Gradually add in the dry ingredients and mix together.
  4. Break off teaspoon-sized pieces of dough and roll into balls, then flatten and place onto ungreased cookie sheets. Or, refrigerate for 2 hours and then roll dough out onto a cutting board and cut out shapes of your choice with a cookie cutter.
  5. Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden. Remove from oven and let sit on cookie sheet for 2 minutes, then cool on a wire rack.
  6. Once cooled, decorate cookies with your choice of frosting!

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2. Hanukkah Cupcakes

To continue with the themes of sweets and dairy and hands-on decorating, check out these easy-to-make vanilla cupcakes!

Have your kids decorate them with frosting, sprinkles, and anything else that brings them holiday cheer.

If you’d rather make these parve to be able to serve with a holiday meat meal, you can substitute the butter with margarine and the milk with unflavored soy or almond milk.

As a bonus, these tasty treats can also be made into a Hanukkah menorah:

Line up 8 cupcakes in a straight line with a 9th raised on a small base in the middle (an upturned small bowl works), and then stick Hanukkah candles in them!

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ cup milk
  • Frosting for decoration

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, and line a muffin pan with cupcake liners.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat together the eggs and sugar. Add butter and vanilla, and mix until creamy.
  3. In a small bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  4. Alternating with the milk, add dry ingredients to egg and sugar mixture in three equal increments. Mix until incorporated but do not over-mix.
  5. Scoop the batter into the lined muffin pan, filling each cavity about 2/3 of the way. Bake for 17 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when poked through the center of a cupcake.
  6. Remove from oven and let sit for about 2 minutes. Remove each cupcake from the pan and cool completely on a wire rack.
  7. Decorate with frosting, icing, or festive sprinkles!

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3. Sweet or Savory Latkes

Of course, every Hanukkah needs at least one night dedicated to the classic potato pancakes known as latkes in Yiddish or levivot in Hebrew. A beloved Jewish comfort food, these are perfect for paying homage to the time-honored Hanukkah tradition of eating foods fried in oil.

Get the whole family in on grating and mixing the potatoes, and either enjoy them savory or have the kids roll them in sugar for an added level of holiday magic.

These latkes can also be topped with applesauce, sour cream, or sweet cream.

Ingredients:

  • 3 large potatoes, peeled and grated
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • Oil for frying
  • Optional: 1 cup sugar, regular or powdered

Method:

  1. In a bowl, mix the potatoes with the flour and egg until a soft dough is formed. Season with salt.
  2. Heat oil in a frying pan. Using a tablespoon, form into pancakes and toss in deep hot oil. Fry well and remove onto paper towels to drain the oil.
  3. Optional: Roll the pancakes in sugar or sprinkle powdered sugar on top.
  4. Serve hot and enjoy!

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4. Blintzes

Cheese-filled blintzes are another traditional Hanukkah food, combining the age-old customs of eating dairy and of foods fried in oil.

If your kids are too young to help with the cooking and assembly, decorating the finished product with sour cream, jam, or fruit can be a great hands-on activity for them!

Blintz Ingredients:

  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • Oil for frying

Filling Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. drained ricotta cheese or farmer’s cheese
  • 1 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup sugar, or more to taste
  • Sour cream for garnish
  • Fresh or canned fruit for garnish

Prepare the blintz sheets:

  1. In a medium bowl, beat together the eggs, water, milk, salt, and flour until combined. Don’t over-beat (it’s okay if small lumps of flour remain).
  2. Let the batter rest at room temperature for at least 30 minutes, then whisk until smooth.
  3. Pour about 1/4 cup batter into a heated and oiled pan and swirl it around to spread evenly. Make sure not to let it brown.
  4. Flip over the blintz and cook it on the other side for a few seconds, then remove to drain on a towel. 
  5. Repeat with the rest of the batter.

Fill and assemble the blintzes:

  1. Mix together the cheese, melted butter, egg yolk, vanilla, and sugar in a large bowl.
  2. To assemble, place one blintz on a work surface and put 1 to 2 tablespoons of filling in a line close to one of the edges of the blintz. Fold the bottom edge up over the filling, then fold in the sides and roll up.
  3. Continue with remaining blintzes and filling.
  4. Fry the filled blintzes in oil until golden brown.
  5. Serve with sour cream and/or fresh or canned fruit toppings. Enjoy!

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