Celebrate the Festival of Lights with These Heavenly Hanukkah Desserts
No Hanukkah celebration is complete without a sweet treat to close out the evening. From classic rugelach cookies to fried donut twists, there are so many different desserts worthy of a spot on your dessert table during this important holiday. Fried desserts have long been associated with Hanukkah—they are symbolic of the oil that was only supposed to burn for one day but lasted eight long nights. If a classic donut isn't what you're looking for, you'll be pleased to know we have some other creative ideas, too. Our apple fritters certainly hit the sweet spot. Apples, which are a traditional celebratory ingredient consumed on Rosh Hashanah, are also enjoyed throughout Hanukkah. Diced apples are folded into the fritter batter, which gets portioned, deep-fried, and coated in powdered sugar.
Other desserts that are a fit for this celebration? We can't get enough of our edible version of dreidels, the traditional four-sided toy played with by kids during Hanukkah. Jumbo marshmallows are topped with chocolate kisses, then dipped in a thick coating of chocolate, which creates the illusion of a spinning top. They're something that children can help to create, too—and they'll certainly enjoy digging right in once a batch has been made.
Of course, what would Hanukkah be without Sufganiyot? This Israeli jelly-filled donut is as traditional as it gets. Our version is filled with seedless raspberry jam but feel free to use any flavor that you please, such as apricot or red-currant jam. There are also several rugelach recipes here. First, a classic holiday recipe features a combination of prune and apricot butters, which are rolled up into one delicious cookie. For more crunch, try this pistachio version, which can be partially made in advance so that you can spend more time celebrating.
Enjoy eight days of sweetness with these festive Hanukkah desserts.
Raisin-Challah Apple Betty
Whether you serve it for breakfast or dessert, this nutty loaf is sure to please during Hanukkah. Chocolate babka is the traditional version, but we can't resist sharing this recipe from a famous New York City bakery.
Chocolate Marshmallow Dreidels
Pistachio and Dried-Apricot Rugelach
The combination of sweet, nutty pistachios and a jammy apricot filling is irresistible in these rugelach cookies. Make the dough a day in advance, then fill and garnish the cookies the following day.
These shortbread cookies are very versatile—cut them out in a six point star and create individual monograms, which can double as a place setting. Or add color by frosting the cookies with blue and white icing, then top with silver sprinkles for a festive finish.
Walnut and Brown-Sugar Rugelach
Glitter Ball Cookies
Decorated in Hanukkah colors, these bite-sized cookies are just dazzling. They're filled with a creamy ginger buttercream that gives them the perfect amount of spice for the season.
Cinnamon-Honey Donuts with Raspberry Jam
Apple-Cider Donut Cake
Perfect for a crowd, this cinnamon-scented Bundt cake makes a sweet ending to a Hanukkah celebration.