Try a Mix of New and Traditional Hanukkah Desserts This Year
Celebrate Hanukkah with these delicious desserts, including air-fryer donuts, cutout cookies, and traditional treats.
Celebrate Hanukkah with a spread of delicious desserts! From classics like babka and sufganiyot to sweet new twists like air-fryer donuts, these festive Hanukkah dessert recipes are sure to please any crowd. Bake up a batch of poppyseed rugelach cookie or indulge in a rich yuzu donut—each sweet treat is an ideal way to end any Hanukkah celebration. We're sharing our favorite Hanukkah dessert recipes for you to share with your family.
A list of Jewish desserts wouldn't be complete without babka (here's how to make it). Make this swirly bread recipe in any flavor you want! We recommend trying cinnamon-streusel, hazelnut, and dried-fruit babka fillings for a sweet Hanukkah treat.
Chocolate Cookie Coins
Gelt is practically a Hanukkah requirement. But instead of handing out foil-covered chocolate coins ($10, Party City) this season, add a twist to these delicious holiday treats by making small cookie coins instead. Give it a salty twist with our take on Chocolate Cookie Coins.
Decadent Chocolate Donuts
What makes these donuts so decadent, you ask? For starters, their rich chocolate flavor is enhanced by a sprinkle of instant coffee crystals in the batter. And you can choose how you top these chocolate cake donuts: They're equally good with either a chocolate or powdered sugar glaze! They definitely make the list of our favorite baked donuts. Pile a whole stack of them onto a pretty white cake stand ($10, Target) for a tasty addition to your holiday brunch.
Rugelach is a delicate sour cream cookie (if you're not familiar with them, it may sound weird but we promise they taste amazing) filled with nuts, raisins, and cinnamon. It's a great light holiday dessert that pairs well with hot drinks and leaves a lot of room for creative flavorings. If you like the taste, try our Blueberry Sour Cream Dessert, which is a cross between a pie and a cheesecake.
Air-Fried Apple Fritters
You don't need a deep fryer to get crispy, golden fritters—just pop them in the air fryer ($70, Target) for a few minutes! Chopped apple in the batter gives this Hanukkah dessert recipe subtle sweetness. Finish the holiday dessert with a drizzle of caramel sauce and plenty of flaky sea salt.
Dried Fruit Babka
Customize this Hanukkah Babka recipe with your favorite dried fruit or a combination! We love apricot-cherry or cranberry-raisin. A spread of apricot jam ($7, World Market) keeps each slice of the finished loaf moist and delicious.
Poppy Seed Rugelach
If you like lemon-poppy seed muffins, you'll go wild for this rugelach cookie recipe. This fan favorite is a twist on the traditional Jewish treat.
Yuzu (a tart Asian citrus fruit) comes into season in early winter. “At the darkest time of year, it’s refreshing to have a flavor that’s so bright,” writer Kristin Eriko Posner says. Roll the finished donuts in sugar while they're still warm.
Test Kitchen Tip: If you can’t find fresh yuzu, substitute Meyer lemon. Or reduce milk in filling to 1/2 cup and use 2 Tbsp. bottled yuzu juice, which is available at Asian markets.
These fruit-packed donuts are an all-time favorite. This fried treat is a staple at traditional Hanukkah celebrations. You can fill with fruit preserves or hazelnut-chocolate spread ($3, Target)—there are limitless opportunities to update this classic. Check out our tips and tricks for jams and jellies to make your own filling.
Celebrate Hanukkah by remembering the flavors of fall with these apple-spiced donuts! Apples, cinnamon, and apple pie spice add autumn flair to this baked cake donut recipe. If you like these, be sure to try some of our other amazing baked donut recipes.
Halva is a Middle Eastern confection generally made from either flour or sesame-seeds. As the halva melts, it forms a crackly edge around the cookie base. Skip the halva and use coconut milk to make these dairy- and seed-free.
Test Kitchen Tip: For picture-perfect macaroons, bake 10 minutes. Dip a 3-inch circle cookie cutter in water, then place it over a cookie and roll it around the edges to smooth and reshape cookies into tighter mounds. Return to oven for the remaining 10 minutes; repeat with wet cookie cutter after baking.
These snickerdoodle cookies—filled with a sugary cinnamon and nut filling—take the shape of traditional rugelach. Don't be intimidated by the shape: It's just like a crescent roll! An extra sprinkle of powdered sugar ($2, Target) makes these a great sweet treat to accompany your holiday table. Check out our other sweet treats for the holidays.
Coconut macaroons become a sweet Hanukkah dessert with this delicious macaroon recipe. After the cookies have cooled, dip in blue frosting and add white sprinkles ($4, Target). Display these delicious treats on a DIY Hanukkah serving tray. To make the Star of David on the tray, use foil tape cut into thin strips.
A generous slather of chocolate-hazelnut spread and chopped hazelnut take this swirled Hanukkah dessert recipe over-the-top. Not a fan of hazelnuts? Try using purchased cookie butter instead.
Make-Ahead Tip: After shaping and placing in pan, cover and chill 24 hours. Let stand at room temperature for 2 hours or until nearly double in size. Brush and bake as directed.
Cinnamon Air-Fried Donut Holes
A pile of these donut holes is a Hanukkah dessert everyone will love! You'll need just seven inexpensive ingredients to whip up a batch. Serve the yeast-free bites with a generous coating of cinnamon and sugar.
Air-Fried Donut Sticks
Cut strips of refrigerated crescent dough make the base of this easy Hanukkah dessert recipe. Cook them until crisp in your air fryer and serve them with a dip like fruit jam, syrup, honey, melted chocolate, caramel sauce, or frosting. We love dunking the finished dessert in a warm cup of hot cocoa.