Hanukkah Cookies

It is a Jewish tradition to eat potato latkes and sufganiyot (jelly-filled donuts) on Hanukkah. In our family, we make plenty of latkes but we have never made sufganiyot. Instead, every year we make iced sugar cookies in Hanukkah-theme shapes for dessert. This year I tried something a little different. I found this idea on Kveller.com for jelly-filled cookies (Lizner cookies). I thought it would be a nice take on the jelly-filled donuts but much easier. All you need to do is roll your sugar cookie dough thin, poke a hole (or small shape) through one cookie and sandwich the two cookies together with some jam. Sift some powdered sugar on top after they bake and cool and you have yourself some tasty cookies! I think these would be beautiful Christmas cookies as well…In Christmas-themed shapes of course. Or for any occasion!

 Before Baking…
(Note: after sandwiching the cookies together, I gently pressed the edges together and re-cut the cookies again with the cookie-cutter to ensure a perfect shape)
After Baking…
Here is the sugar cookie recipe I used from Allrecipes.com. It was quick to mix together and tasted great!


  • 1 1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
  3. Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely.

We also had to make a batch of the iced sugar cookies as well :o)



  1. Anonymous says

    I did this for my religious school kids: I crushed lifesaver or other clear colored sweets and kept the colors separate. I sprayed aluminum foil with cooking spray and had the kids roll ropes of cookie dough to outline a shape, making sure the shape is closed. Heap in the candy and bake to have stained glass cookies in the shape of Stars of David, Menorahs, etc (form around cookie cutters. Another,more "grown-up" idea is to make two logs of refrigerator dough, one chocolate and one vanilla. After you cut the "coins", use a small star cutter to cut the center of both. Then swap: the chocolate center stars go into the vanilla coins and vice versa. Bake as recipe directs. It is rather remarkable how people are amazed. When every Friday is a special night and then there are holidays, REAL holidays on top of that, there is no envy of someone else's two holidays a year.

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