PHOTO: ERIK BERNSTEIN; FOOD STYLING: MAKINZE GORE
Hanukkah (December 18 to 26, 2022), or the Jewish Festival of Lights, is fast approaching, so we’re getting ready by stocking up on menorah candles, finding where we put that dang dreidel, and making our list of all the foods we want to make this year. We don’t know about you, but we don’t intend to run out of delicious traditional and creative foods the entire 8 days. That means everything we’ve got to be ready for appetizers, dinner, and desserts. While sufganiyot and gelt often get all the sweet glory, we’ll never turn down a cookie, so we’ve compiled a list of 19 Hanukkah cookies we think would be the perfect addition to you and your family’s celebrations.
Hanukkah was initially not one of the more important Jewish holidays, only becoming so due to its proximity to other secular winter holidays like Christmas. Because of this, many Jewish people get creative (and multicultural) with the way they celebrate. Though we’re not suggesting decorating Santa cookies as you light the menorah, we have included a number of cookies here from or inspired by other cultures—like our bizcochitos, our panettone cookies, or our kolaczki—in case you’d like to do the same.