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17 Traditional Hanukkah Desserts

Looking for the best Hanukkah desserts to serve your family?

From jelly donuts to babka to dreidel cake, you can’t go wrong with these easy recipes.

Homemade Jelly Donut with Cherry Filling
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When Hanukkah rolls around, it’s time to celebrate! With eight days to fill, you’ll need a plethora of Hanukkah dessert recipes to try.

This list has everything! From traditional treats to modern twists, there’s a treat for everyone.

Whip up some of these delicious desserts to end out your meals. Any of them are sure to be a hit!

Which one will you try first? With all of these choices, it will be hard to pick!

Happy Hanukkah, and happy dessert devouring, too!

1. Jelly Donuts

The best part of a jelly donut is the surprise inside!

These pillowy pastries are generously filled with your favorite jelly before being served to your favorite people.

Intimidated by this task? Don’t be! These delicious jelly donuts are so simple to make, this recipe is practically fool-proof!

Be the talk of the town with a batch of these delicious jelly donuts.

2. Babka

Nothing says home like the sweet aroma of fresh babka wafting through the air.

This decadent loaf has a deliciously creamy filling and rich taste.

Lure your kids home from college with the promise of this babka! One bite, and it will become a beloved family recipe for generations.

3. Gelt

Never settle for a bland store-bought gelt again! With this recipe, your loved ones can enjoy melt-in-your-mouth gelt straight from your kitchen.

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With gelt this good, the dreidel competition will definitely be more intense!

Help everyone keep their cool by making plenty to go around during the holiday season.

4. Shabbat Cake

Celebrate the sabbath with this delicious cake! Its moist crumb and rich flavor profile are the perfect way to start your weekend.

Short on time? No worries! This easy-to-make recipe is perfect for busy schedules. 

Set aside a moment to create this delicious Shabbat cake.

5. Olive Oil Donuts

Looking for a sweet treat? These olive oil donuts will do the trick! 

Heat up your oil and start the mixer, because these olive oil donuts won’t make themselves!

From cinnamon sugar to traditional glaze, the possibilities are endless for this treat.

Nibble on these sweet treats for a breakfast delicacy you can enjoy any time of day!

6. Chocolate Filled Hamantaschen

What’s better than hamantaschen? Chocolate filled hamantaschen! Sweeten up your celebration with a few of these delicious pastries.

The careful craftsmanship and diligent attentiveness of the baker only add to the delightfulness of these perfect pastries.

Spend a day with loved ones carefully crafting a beautiful batch!

7. Mandel Bread

A Hanukkah season isn’t complete without this traditional bread on the table. The familiar flavors are reminiscent of your own childhood holiday traditions.

Share those same memories with your family today with this magnificent Mandel bread recipe. It’s the same soft and spiced loaf you enjoyed as a child.

8. Dreidel Cake

Why settle for dreidels made from clay when you can have dreidels made from cake?

This delicious yellow cake recipe is so easily shaped into a festive dreidel.

Bring some decor to your table with this festive cake. Not only will it taste divine, but it will look beautiful as well!

9. Gelt Cookies

Gelt chocolate pieces are one thing, but gelt cookies are another!

Whether you include them in your family game or just serve them up as a snack, these cookies are sure to be the talk of the party!

Bake up a batch for the people you celebrate with!

10. Dreidel Cookies

These cookies may not spin, but you sure will for this recipe! Soft, moist, and delicious cookies are shaped in a familiar holiday motif.

Bring a little joy to the table this holiday season with these cute and festive dreidel cookies.

It doesn’t take a star baker to make this shining dessert!

Coconut Macaroons

11. Coconut Macaroons

Sweet and nutty coconut is the star of the show with these macaroons. Sample tropical coconut and decadent chocolate all in one bite with this dessert.

Coconut is such a rich and luxurious flavor, you won’t believe how delicious these cookies are until you try them for yourself.

12. Rugelach

These curled cookies are the perfect way to spread Hanukkah cheer. Roll up a batch today to share with family and friends.

When it comes to holiday baking, there is always time for one more recipe.

If you are nearing the end of the celebration, make sure to squeeze this rugelach in.

13. Honey Cake

This sweet and sticky honey cake is a delicious Hanukkah treat that you will want to enjoy year-round.

The naturally sweet flavor of honey is the perfect base for this recipe. It brings such a rich and decadent layer to the pastry table.

Make everyone’s favorite with this honey cake.

14. Kugel

This noodle kugel is the perfect take-along for a holiday pitch in. It’s dense and warm, the way desserts should be.

Sprinkle in the cinnamon and layer on the noodle. This Passover kugel recipe is the best thing since sliced bread.

15. Tzimmes Cake

Another taste of tradition is this raisin-filled tzimmes cake. The warm, cooked raisins burst in your mouth with each bite.

Fill up your bundt pan and get ready. There is no excuse to not enjoy this treat this holiday season.

Perfectly spiced and pretty to see, this tzimmes cake is a must-have for any Hanukkah celebration.

16. Applesauce Donuts

This is the third donut on this list, but I had to include it! Naturally-sweetened applesauce donuts are the perfect Hanukkah dessert.

Their light and airy texture means you can eat more than one! It will be hard to not eat the whole batch, they are that good!

17. Halva

This recipe gives five variations to traditional halva recipes.

If you’re a chocolate, fruity, or nut person, you are sure to find a halva variation that is perfect for you.

Try all five and please every guest at your Hanukkah celebration this year!

17 Traditional Hanukkah Dessert Collection

Looking for some typical Hanukkah desserts to serve? From jelly donuts to babka to dreidel cake, these easy recipes are the perfect addition to your Hanukkah celebration!


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