Dreidel Surprise Cookies
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Updated March 16, 2017
cups all purpose flour, plus more to dust work surface
teaspoon baking powder
teaspoons pure vanilla extract
teaspoon almond extract
cup Betty Crocker™ Rich & Creamy vanilla frosting
Mix flour, salt, and baking powder together in a bowl. Set aside.
Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, vanilla and almond extract. Mix until well combined.
Add dry ingredients and stir just to combine.
Dust your work surface lightly with flour. Roll the cookie dough out to 1/4" thickness. Cut out dreidels using a cookie cutter.
Place the cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Use a small square cookie cutter or a knife to cut the centers out of 1/3 of your cookies leaving at least 1/4 inch all around the dreidel.
Refrigerate cookies for 30 minutes.
Bake cookies one tray at a time for 12-16 minutes until the edges just begin to brown.
Allow cookies to cool completely.
Color vanilla frosting with blue food coloring. Fill a disposable pastry bag or a zip top bag with frosting. Snip off the end of your bag.
Decorate one third of the dreidel cookies using the frosting. Pipe two lines of frosting across the dreidel as pictured, then add one of the four Hebrew letters. Allow frosting to dry for about 15 minutes.
Set the cookies with the square cut outs upside down on your baking sheet. Pipe a thin line of frosting down the middle of the cookies all around the square opening. Press cookies, frosting side down onto a plain dreidel cookies.
Fill the square opening with small candies, raisins, or nuts. Pipe a thin line of frosting down the middle of the cookie all around the square opening. Top it with a decorated dreidel cookie.
Allow cookies to sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes before serving, so the frosting has time to harden and the cookie layers will stay together. You can store the dreidel cookies in an airtight container for up to five days.
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- Team Tablespoon was super excited to find Beth's amazing creations on her blog, Hungryhappenings.com. So, as you can imagine, we are geeked out to have her as a guest blogger. Check out these awesome noms that she made just for us!Dreidel Surprise Cookies can't be spun, but once broken open, they will reveal a hidden treasure! They are the perfect treat to serve while playing the real dreidel game and are as simple to make as traditional cut out cookies.When you make these, you'll have a hidey hole in which you can stash small candies, nuts, raisins, or anything you like. It's so fun to watch the reaction of people as they crack open their cookies and candy spills out. It's a treat inside a treat.Let's start making...Hanukkah Sameach!
Strike a match and light the menorah for a very special Hanukkah celebration. Each year, the festival of lights is celebrated to commemorate the small amount of oil that burned for eight whole nights. Despite the fact that Hanukkah is a minor holiday in the Jewish faith, it has risen in cultural popularity. Friends and family gather to celebrate Hanukkah over fried foods like latkes and Sufganiyot (jelly-filled donuts). But what would a holiday celebration be without cookies? Here are 10 cookie recipes that are perfect for your Hanukkah gathering each night.
An easy way to show festive spirit is by decorating basic sugar or shortbread cookies with blue and silver sprinkles and frosting. Cut the cookies into the shape of a dreidel, Star of David, or menorah using a set of thematic cutters. Making holiday sugar cookies is also a great activity for kids to help with, too.
And what would Hanukkah be without batches of delicious rugelach cookies? An abundance of the classic fruit and nut filled pastry is practically a requirement. We have an easy version that eliminates the need to roll each cookie individually, as well as a more traditional recipe that uses pistachios and dried apricots. Another Jewish favorite? Hamantaschen, which is a folded cookie usually filled with jam. Our version gets an even sweeter, rich upgrade from lots of chocolate, which both fills, and is folded into, the dough.
Celebrate the festival of lights with these sweet cookie recipes for Hanukkah.
Holiday Recipe: Dreidel Sprinkle Cookies
Seriously, I think that there is still a part of me, the child within, that loves to make sprinkle cookies! Maybe it’s the nostalgia within the chilled dough on the counter and the perfect flattening that occurs with a rolling pin… But in any case, with childhood memories or adult cravings, there truly is something fun about making sprinkle cookies for Chanukah.
Munching on a rainbow sprinkled dreidel is just part of the holiday experience! These tin-tie bags filled with cookies are perfect gifts for friends or take home favors for a Chanukah party. I couldn’t resist matching the label to what resembles a very large sprinkle! Pair that with a matching tag and of course a perfect hue of ‘sprinkle’ looking ribbon and voila, an authentic celebratory look. Wishing everyone a happy Chanukah sprinkled with miracles and light!
Basic Cookie Dough
• 3 eggs
• 1 cup margarine (Earth Balance)
• 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
• 4 cups flour
• 2 cups icing sugar (confectioners sugar)
• 3 tsps. baking powder
Yields 7 to 8 dozen (if dough rolled thin, 4-6 dozen if kids are making them)
Preheat Oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large mixer bowl, beat eggs. Add margarine and vanilla. Add flour and baking powder and mix well. Roll out dough on a floured board to 1/4″ thickness and cut into desired shapes. Place on cookie sheet. Press sprinkles onto cookies.
Bake 10 – 12 minutes or until slightly browned. Remove from cookie sheet to cool.
(Recipe credits: Spice and Spirit The Complete Kosher Cookbook)
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12. Elegant Hanukkah Cookies: A simple color palette of blue, white, and silver gives these cookies an ethereal beauty. They’re perfect for gifting your BFF. (via Li’l Miss Cakes)
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14. Cookie Menorah: These gorgeous candle-shaped cookies will be the star of the dessert table at your holiday gathering. Bonus: They make a killer centerpiece to light up your festive tablescape. (via Camille Styles)
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