8 yummy desserts: one for each night of Hanukkah


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The Festival of Lights is upon us! Starting at sunset December 16 and running through nightfall, December 24, Jews will be celebrating Hanukkah by singing songs, reciting the Hallel prayer and enjoying a lot of delicious food, including dessert. Here, we pick our favorite Hanukkah treats — one for each night.


1. Dreidel Surprise Cookies

Source: Tablespoon 

Tablespoon featured this awesome recipe for dreidel cookies that you can then hide more candy, raisins or nuts in. Dessert within dessert? Yes, please.


2. Decadent Dark Chocolate Truffles

Source: Vegan Verite  

Having a Hanukkah party? Don’t make your vegan guests feel left out. Check out Vegan Vérité’s recipe for dark chocolate truffles.


3. Apple Fritters with Orange Glaze

Photo by Lara Ferroni for Epicurious 

Epicurious featured this recipe for apple fritters, which is part of Gourmet’s  Modern Menu for A Hanukkah Feast.


4. Chocolate-covered Pretzel Stars

Photo by Curt Henderson for Design Megillah 

We love these festive and delicious chocolate-covered pretzel stars featured on Design Megillah. Consider melting a bar of chocolate rather than chocolate chips, though. You can save time (and cleanup) by melting the chocolate in the microwave. Just a 15 or so seconds should do it. Stir a lot!


5. Hanukkah Sufganiyot

Source: Martha Stewart 

Martha Stewart rocks the holiday with this recipe for Sufganiyot jelly doughnuts. She explains that the deep-fried treat is a symbol of “the miracle of the burning oil lamps in the ancient Holy Temple in Jerusalem” — which is why oil is so prominent in food during Hanukkah.


6. Hanukkah Cookies

Source: Repeat Crafter Me 

If deep fried doughnuts are too heavy for you, you can comprise with this wonderful recipe for Hanukkah cookies from Repeat Crafter Me. Inspired by Linzer cookies on Kveller.com, Repeat Crafter Me made these jelly-filled cookies in Hanukkah-theme shapes. It’s certainly easier than deep-frying, and still plenty delicious!


7. Chocolate Raspberry Rugelech

Source: Sweet Amandine 

Sweet Amandine adapted this recipe from Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook and just look at those results. Also, chocolate and raspberry together may be one of the best flavor pairings of all time.


8. Vanilla Noodle Kugel

Source: Tori Avey 

Last, but certainly not least, Tori Avey serves up a slice of this quintessential Jewish dessert. We’re talking kugel, folks. And kugel is fantastic. There are savory kugels, sweet kugels and everything in between. This version is like a slice of pure, yummy vanilla goodness.