[Photographs: Alexandra Penfold, Emily Dryden, Vicky Wasik, Carrie Vasios Mullins]
The savory dishes sometimes served throughout Hanukkah—crispy latkes prime amongst them—are a compelling purpose on their very own to look ahead to the vacation. However it’s the desserts we at all times need essentially the most, and this yr, we’ll primarily be celebrating the excuse to eat an assortment of our favourite fried, crammed, and sugar-coated sweets for eight nights straight. Listed below are a few of our high contenders, together with tender rugelach with a wide range of fillings, delightfully messy jelly doughnuts, and a sublime olive oil cake, for ending off a festive Hanukkah meal.

Basic Rugelach[Photograph: Emily Dryden]Crammed with walnuts, honey, and spices, these traditional rugelach pair simply as properly with a snifter of brandy as with a glass of milk. Enriching the dough with cream cheese makes it simpler to roll and yields a sturdier pastry with a pleasantly tangy edge. When layered and wrapped properly, rugelach have an extended shelf life, so think about them for this yr’s cookie swap.
Basic Rugelach Recipe » Straightforward Chocolate Rugelach[Photograph: Yvonne Ruperti]

Like chopped nuts and honey, chocolate is a time-honored filling for rugelach. This model has a young butter crust wrapped round a flavorful (however not overly candy) filling made with bittersweet chocolate and cocoa powder. The dough freezes properly after rolling, permitting you to make one large batch and bake recent cookies all through the week.
Straightforward Chocolate Rugelach Recipe » Pumpkin Pie Rugelach[Photograph: Carrie Vasios Mullins]By December, you may be a bit over pumpkin pie—or something pumpkin spice–associated, actually. However in the event you’re not sick of it but, strive wrapping that very same taste profile of pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves in a cream cheese–based mostly dough to make rugelach which are additional seasonally acceptable. Walnuts give these a bit crunch to distinction with the sleek pumpkin butter within the filling.
Pumpkin Pie Rugelach Recipe » Cranberry Orange Rugelach[Photograph: Carrie Vasios Mullins]

One other fall-friendly rugelach variation that is as vibrant as it’s seasonal, this one is full of tart dried cranberries, orange zest, and apricot preserves. Make sure you take your time whereas rolling up the dough to keep up a pleasant, tight form within the cookies and keep away from floppy overhangs.
Cranberry Orange Rugelach Recipe » Raspberry-Almond Rugelach[Photograph: Emily Dryden]These rugelach put raspberry jam entrance and heart, so select a high-quality unfold. A little bit of orange zest goes a great distance towards contrasting with the candy, nut-studded filling. Choose boysenberry to raspberry, or pecans to almonds? You may substitute any jam, nut, or citrus you want on this recipe, making it an ideal roadmap for all types of rugelach.
Raspberry-Almond Rugelach Recipe » Nutella and Brown Butter Rugelach With Peanuts and Vanilla Glaze[Photograph: Emily Dryden]

Swapping browned butter for normal butter within the dough instantly infuses these flaky rugelach with a great deal of depth and taste. We wrap the dough round salty peanuts and a swipe of Nutella, for a taste profile paying homage to Tin Roof Sundae ice cream. A vanilla glaze drizzled over the pastries lends a sublime completion.
Nutella and Brown Butter Rugelach With Peanuts and Vanilla Glaze Recipe » Apple Cider Doughnut Mini Muffins[Photograph: Anna Markow]Fried doughnuts are conventional on Hanukkah, however they’re additionally a ton of labor to make at residence. This a lot simpler recipe mimics fall-appropriate apple cider doughnuts by rolling apple cider–infused mini muffins in melted butter and cinnamon as quickly as they arrive out of the oven.
Apple Cider Doughnut Mini Muffins Recipe » Cranberry Sauce Jelly Doughnuts[Photograph: Cakespy]This recipe offers traditional jelly doughnuts (sufganiyot in Hebrew) a fall twist, subbing cranberry sauce for jelly of their gooey facilities. A jellied cranberry sauce will provide essentially the most conventional texture, however you should use a whole-berry sauce so long as you spoon it into the doughnuts as a substitute of making an attempt to pipe it.
Cranberry Sauce Jelly Doughnuts Recipe » Paczki[Photograph: Alexandra Penfold]Paczki are Polish jelly doughnuts traditionally eaten earlier than Lent, made with an eggy, closely yeasted, brioche-like dough. They seem to be a large deal in American cities with important Polish populations, like Detroit and Chicago, and we predict they will be simply as a lot of successful at your Hanukkah festivities. Raspberry, prune, and rose jelly are typical fillings, however be at liberty to substitute any jam or preserves you like.
Paczki Recipe » Rolled Sugar Cookie Cutouts[Photograph: Vicky Wasik]Whereas sugar cookies do not have a powerful connection to Hanukkah, they’re simple to like and might be personalized to swimsuit the vacation with the assistance of a menorah or Star of David cookie cutter. Plus, they’re nice as foreign money in a recreation of dreidel. A mix of butter and refined coconut oil within the dough offers these cookies a wealthy taste and mouthfeel, in addition to a helpfully lengthy shelf life.
Rolled Sugar Cookie Cutouts Recipe » DIY Donettes (Mini Sugar-Coated Doughnuts)[Photograph: Vicky Wasik]Positively not conventional, however completely fitted to an up to date Hanukkah gathering, these cute little cakey doughnuts are made by frying lumps of yolk-rich batter in refined coconut oil, then bathing them in copious quantities of powdered sugar. Their petite measurement makes them supreme for dessert after a giant meal (or, doubtlessly, for stuffing into your mouth by the handful as you clear the plates away).
DIY Donettes (Mini Sugar-Coated Doughnuts) Recipe » Orange Olive Oil Cake With Candied Walnuts[Photograph: Carrie Vasios Mullins]This dairy-free cake is splendidly moist, due to the delicate mixture of olive oil and freshly squeezed orange juice. Use an olive oil that is on the fruity aspect to greatest complement the citrus. Candied almonds make a ravishing completion and supply textural distinction as well.
Orange Olive Oil Cake With Candied Walnuts Recipe » Apple-Ginger Tishpishti (Gluten-Free Almond and Walnut Cake)[Photograph: Vicky Wasik]Tishpishti is a Sephardic Jewish nut-based cake, sometimes served throughout Passover however helpful everytime you want a gluten-free (and/or dairy-free!) dessert. For a extra American really feel, we add apple and a heat combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, and freshly grated ginger to the cake batter. Equally, the rosewater-scented syrup that often douses the cake is changed with a syrup spiked with Applejack brandy and ginger.
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