We've Got a Cookie for Every Night of Hanukkah (Plus, a Few Sweet Extras!)

Walnut and Brown-Sugar Rugelach
Anna Williams

Strike a match and light the menorah for a very special Hanukkah celebration. Each year, the festival of lights is celebrated to commemorate the small amount of oil that burned for eight whole nights. Hanukkah is a minor holiday in the Jewish faith but has risen in cultural popularity. Friends and family gather to celebrate the Festival of Lights over fried foods like latkes and Sufganiyot (jelly-filled donuts), but what would a holiday celebration be without cookies? Here are 11 cookie recipes that are perfect each night of Hanukkah (and then some!).

What would Hanukkah be without batches of delicious rugelach, like the Walnut and Brown-Sugar Rugelach that you see right here? An abundance of the classic fruit and nut-filled pastry is practically a requirement. We have an easy version that eliminates the need to roll each cookie individually, as well as a more traditional recipe that uses pistachios and dried apricots. Another Jewish favorite? Hamantaschen, which is a folded cookie usually filled with jam. Our version gets an even sweeter, rich upgrade from lots of chocolate, which both fills, and is folded into, the dough.

An easy way to show festive spirit is by decorating basic sugar cookies or shortbread cookies with blue and silver sprinkles and frosting. Cut the cookies into the shape of a dreidel, Star of David, or menorah using a set of themed cookie cutters. Plus, making holiday sugar cookies is a great activity for kids to help with!

Celebrate the festival of lights with these sweet cookie recipes for Hanukkah.

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Perfect Sugar Cookies

Perfect Sugar Cookies assortment of three
Lennart Weinbull

Decorate these classic soft cookies with blue and silver sprinkles as a nod to Hanukkah. Because they're timeless, you'll be making these sugar cookies year after year.

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Pistachio and Dried-Apricot Rugelach

Pistachio and Dried-Apricot Rugelach
Aaron Dyer

A Hanukkah favorite, this recipe for rugelach gets a sweet upgrade from a filling made with chopped pistachios and dried apricots. A sprinkle of more nuts on top of the dough gives a hint as to what's inside.

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Chocolate Hamantaschen


Although these cookies are traditionally served during Purim, they can also be a sweet addition to the Hanukkah celebration. Flecks of chopped chocolate are sprinkled throughout the dough because frankly, there's no such thing as too much chocolate.

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Glitter Ball Cookies

Glitter Ball Cookies

A lightly spiced ginger cream filling is sandwiched between these festive Hanukkah cookies. They're easy to shape and roll in sanding sugar, which means the kids can help out, too.

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Easy Rugelach

holiday handbook 2011 rugelach
Joseph De Leo

Cream cheese is the secret to super moist, extra flaky dough for this Jewish classic. Rather than intricately shaping each cookie, this version calls for rolling the dough into a log, baking, then slicing—who could say no to that?

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Linzer Stars

Linzer Stars
Emily Kate Roemer

Here's a fun take on the traditional Hannukah jelly-filled donut known as Sufganiyot. Bake hazelnut sugar cookies then fill with a sweet, eye-catching raspberry jam.

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Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies

gluten free star sugar cookies
Bryan Gardner

Customize these cookies with blue, white, and silver frosting and sprinkles for a Hanukkah-appropriate bite that everyone can enjoy.

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Shortbread Cookies

Dress up shortbread cookies for Hanukkah by cutting the dough into a six-pointed star and adding a monogram. They double as a delicious name tag for each place setting.

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Brown-Butter Honey Cookies

honey cookies martha bakes patterned tea
Mike Krautter

During Rosh Hashanah, honey is symbolic for the promise of a sweet New Year. Adapt that same ingredient here to sweeten these impressive-looking, nutty cookies (no intricate weaving required).

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Anise Shortbread Sandwich Cookies

anise shortbread linzer cookies
Louise Hagger

Anise is a subtle flavor that perks up any holiday cookie dough, especially these shortbreads. A light dusting of powdered sugar gives these Linzer torte-inspired sandwich cookies a festive finish.

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