Celebrate Hanukkah with these delicious desserts, including dreidel-shape cakes, cutout cookies, and traditional treats.


A list of Jewish desserts wouldn't be complete without babka. 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. 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, or try these Chocolate Cookie Coins with Espresso.

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.


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—there are limitless opportunities to update this classic. Check out our tips and tricks for jams and jellies to make your own filling.


Rugelach is a delicate sour cream cookie (sounds weird, tastes 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.

Fresh Pear-Pistachio Cake

Make this recipe in individual pans or simply bake one large fresh pear cake in a 10-inch Bundt pan. This cake can be made in just 1 hour—perfect for a last-minute sweet craving. If you're looking to make ahead, try a frozen fruit dessert instead.

Star-Shape Jam Tarts

Impress your guests and make your own unique tart shapes using cookie cutters. Serve traditional stars or use a Star of David cookie cutter to make these delicious jam puff pastry tarts a part of your holiday dessert table. If you like how easy that is, you might want to try more of our easy tarts, tartlets, and tassies.

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. For a breakfast option, try our lemon-poppy seed French toast.

Strawberry-Lemon Olive Oil Cake

Similar to strawberry lemonade, the sweet strawberries complement the tart and bright lemony flavors of this olive oil cake. You can use olive oil in your favorite cake—here's our trick to substituting olive oil in baking. You can keep this cake covered in the refrigerator for up to three nights, so don't feel the need to celebrate all at once!

Apple-Spice Donuts

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.

Hanukkah Cookies with Almond Icing

You can cut these Hanukkah cookies into any shape you want. Here, we used a six-point star cutter to make the cookies, then topped them with almond icing. Try these other creative cutout cookie recipes for other fun holiday flavors and designs.

Snickerdoodle Rugelach

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 makes these a great sweet treat to accompany your holiday table. Check out our other sweet treats for the holidays.

Coconut Macaroons

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. Display these delicious treats on a DIY Hanukkah serving tray. To make the Star of David on the tray, use foil tape cut in thin strips.

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Comments (1)

December 7, 2018
I have never heard of any of these on my seven decades. They must be very very regional