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Recipe: Chanukah Cookies

Serve these cookies every night during Chanukah. Kids have fun decorating them and eating them.

Chanukah Cookies Ingredients

  • 1? cups all-purpose flour

  • teaspoon baking powder

  • teaspoon salt

  • cup butter

  • cup white sugar

  • 2 egg yolks

  • 1 teaspoon orange juice

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

How to Make Chanukah Cookies

  1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a baking sheet. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.

  2. Beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer in a large bowl until smooth. Beat in one egg yolk until completely incorporated. Beat in the other egg yolk along with the orange juice and vanilla. Mix in the flour mixture until just incorporated. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut into desired holiday shapes with cookie cutters. Place cookies on prepared baking sheet.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven until the edges are golden, 10 to 12 minutes. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 1 minute before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Chanukah Cookies Nutritions

  • Calories: 83.5 calories

  • Carbohydrate: 10.3 g

  • Cholesterol: 27.2 mg

  • Fat: 4.3 g

  • Fiber: 0.2 g

  • Protein: 1.1 g

  • SaturatedFat: 2.6 g

  • ServingSize:

  • Sodium: 62.5 mg

  • Sugar: 4.2 g

  • TransFat:

  • UnsaturatedFat:

Chanukah Cookies Reviews

  • Happy Chanukah in October? I made these because they sounded delicious and indeed they are I didnt have orange juice, but did have orange extract. It gave them a nice subtle orange flavor, and the house smells wonderful. I have no sense of depth, so some of mine are rolled too thick, and some too thin. The too thin are actually perfect. Theyre very crisp, got nicely brown around the edges, and held their shape very well. I was concerned with no chill time for this dough that theyd expand, but most of mine were fine. The ones that were too thick did spread a bit but that was my fault. The dough was easy to work with, too. I lightly floured my rolling surface, and they were easy to peel off and bake. I was pleasantly surprised with this recipe since cutout cookies are usually a real pain to me. But Ill make these again for sure.

  • As this was posted when the holiday was almost over I am certainly baked out but I have saved it for next year. The ingrediants appear to be very child friendly in terms of a sturdy dough and the orange juice will give a bright flavor. This would be a good child friendly base for hamentaschen also.

  • Made these for friends this year and theywere great. Will use for Christmas cookies as well. Great flavor and wonderfully crisp. thanks.

  • Loved these cookies They were such a hit the first time that we made 2 batches The orange juice is a great touch. They are almost like the orange juice cookies in Modern Jewish Cooking - but better.

  • This is the exact recipe I grew up with. The recipe was on the lid of the box of my moms Chanukah cookie cutters. They are good cookies if you like crispy cookies to dunk in your tea. My mom always sprinkled the cookies with blue colored sugar before baking. I find this dough a pain to work with. It is too sticky and then if you add more flour it ruins the taste.

  • I had a slight problem with the dough after the wet and dry were mixed, it got clumpy and hard to work with. I added the egg whites for moisture and managed to shape them into balls. After the baking process, the cookies turned out well. They are good without frosting and have a mouthwatering smell

  • These cookies were moist and very good. I added homemade icing just for x-mas flare, and that was literally just "icing on the cake" . WIth or without, these cookies are great

  • Thank you for this recipe. I made these cookies twice as sugar cookies adding a frosting that I made on my own. The last time for Thanks Giving. I shaped them into menorahs, hearts, mooses, and people using cookie cutters that I have had for a while and finally decided to use them. I will be making more cookies without frosting as butter cookies tonight for my Hanukkah party that will be tomorrow. I will shape them as driedels and menorahs. I love these cookies. I put the dough in the freezer for about Happy Hanukkah, eighth night. :)

  • Nice small batch recipe for roll out cookies. Sometimes Im in the mood for a nice sugar cookie, but most recipes make enough to feed 40 people. :) Love that these can be rolled out without refrigeration and that they arent too sweet.

  • These came out great Im about to make them again right nowSome advice I have to make these successfully is to put down more than a light dusting of flour when you roll out the dough. This will make it much easier to cut out the different cookie shapes. Also, I made an icing for them by mixing together some milk, powdered sugar, and a little vanilla extract. If you decide to make this icing, you could also add coco powder instead of vanilla for a chocolat flavor.

  • Really fun and easy to make. I put icing and crushed Oreos over mine :)

  • Great cookies love it

  • Excellent simple recipe. Loved that we didnt have to refrigerate the dough (always the worst part when my seven year old is helping cook). Perfect recipe as is Thanks so much

  • There could be a bit more flavor. I brushed the tops with egg whites and sprinkled with sugar before I baked them and that helped.

  • These cookies were really good I even put a Hersheys Kiss in the middle on some, and colored sugar on others. They were amazing cookies that I will definitely make again

  • Due to ingredients on hand, I substituted 1/2 tsp almond extract for the orange juice, 1 generous Tbsp shortening and 3/4 stick butter (instead of the whole stick of butter) I was pressed for time, so I rolled into small balls and pushed down with the prongs of a fork (instead of rolling out and using cookie cutters). They were amazing I also only baked 1/2 the recipe at a time, and put the other 1/2 of the dough in the fridge to use the next day. They were quick, easy, and yummy I posted on Facebook, I loved them so much

  • I was skeptical about cut-out cookie dough that did not require refrigeration, but I was proven wrong These are fantastic and so easy. The cookies held their shape perfectly when cooked. Only change was the use of orange extract instead of juice. Also I failed to pay attention and whipped the yolks, butter, sugar and extracts together and then sifted in the dry ingredients (as opposed to adding the yolks one at a time). Thankfully, the oversight didnt hurt the finished product at all. This recipe is a keeper

  • Taste great. I added an extra egg yoke

  • Love them will make again

  • Cookies came out delicious But Im wondering why it didnt tell me to add another cup of flour. It so sticky almost like cream. I also had to bake it for a much longer time.

  • I made it 3 times this month, my family loves it

  • K

  • These are great cookies .... but, not exactly Chanukah cookies. At Canukkah, Jews observe the custom of eating fried foods in commemoration of the miracle associated with the Temple oil.Pastries made for Chanukah should be deep-fried symbolizing the miracle of the burning oil lamps in the ancient Holy Temple in Jerusalem which should have lasted 1 day, and instead lasted 8 days. giving enough time to make oil suitable for the Holy altar.

  • These were awesome You do not need to refrigerate the dough but it heps.

  • These are great cookies .... but, not exactly Chanukah cookies. At Canukkah, Jews observe the custom of eating fried foods in commemoration of the miracle associated with the Temple oil.Pastries made for Chanukah should be deep-fried symbolizing the miracle of the burning oil lamps in the ancient Holy Temple in Jerusalem which should have lasted 1 day, and instead lasted 8 days. giving enough time to make oil suitable for the Holy altar.

  • Very nice but dont store with other cookies as the orange flavor is absorbed by others. Several people tried these and thought the flavor and texture was very good.

  • Well, my family definitely enjoyed these, even though we screwed them uo

  • I use this recipe for all of my holiday decorated cookies... it is simple to throw together and easily rolls out right away - no chilling required. Everyone who has tried them has raved about them. I make them exactly as the recipe indicates and they are perfect every time

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