No celebration of the Festival of Lights
is complete without a sweet treat to close out the evening. From all kinds of rugelach cookies to those irresistible fried sufganiyot, the Israeli jelly-filled donuts that are perhaps the best known Hanukkah dessert, there are many different and delicious options for your dessert table on this special holiday. Fried desserts are a time-honored tradition at Hanukkah
: They are symbolic of the oil that was only supposed to burn for one day, but lasted eight long nights. Our recipe collection includes several twists (one is actually shaped as twists!) on the fried donut, as well as apple fritters. Among our favorite baked Hanukkah desserts are some decorated in blue and white for the holiday—plus there's a giant chocolate-covered marshmallow version of the dreidel and easy homemade gelt.