Hanukkah in the Kitchen – Easy Ideas for Little Hands

Make Hanukkah breakfast extra funIf you’re like me, you might think it’s hard to find fun Hanukkah kitchen activities for little ones – but that is only if you think about fried foods (like latkes and doughnuts). Even cut-out Hanukkah cookies take some dexterity.

But, then, aha! I realized that there are so many options. First, I discovered edible dreidels, thanks to Joanna Brichetto. I’ve made them with little kids and Sisterhood ladies. I don’t know who had more fun.

Edible menorah – dessert style

Then, I realized that we could quickly make a menorah that we could eat.

  1. Doughnut menorah: This version isn’t even messy, just a little sticky. We made ours with brownies and doughnut holes. The kids had decorated the tops of the brownies, so they were extra festive. Then we assembled them, using double brownies to make the shamash (Just remember to take out all toothpicks.) Make an edible dreidel with the kids
  1. Marshmallow menorah: This version requires a few more ingredients, a little more time, and a willingness for a bit more mess. But it’s worth it. You will need regular size (not mini) marshmallows, unwrapped chocolate gelt, and Nutella. Add a dab of Nutella to “glue” the marshmallow to the gelt as the base. For the shamash, use extra gelt or an extra marshmallow to make it higher. You can use colorful frosting instead of Nutella, if you like.

Edible menorah – veggie & fruit style

  1. Flat menorah: You’ve seen all the amazing food art that people create with fruits and veggies, making patterns, faces, and animals? Well, you can easily do this with a menorah design that lies flat on a plate – that is, you don’t need to figure out how to stand it up. You can actually let the kids go wild here. Here are just some options: alternating carrot, celery, and zucchini sticks for candles; red grapes or cherry tomatoes for flames. And check out this asparagus and radish menorah! Want to make a really big menorah? Get a large platter. Then think whole carrots as candles and kiwi rounds or halved strawberries for flames. The options are endless!

If the kids are older (seven and up), you can turn over the entire activity to them and even make it a competition.

If the makers of these treats can wait until after candle lighting, you can eat up those menorahs while the candles are burning.

Cut-out pancakes

This year, I bought large Hanukkah cookie cutters – much bigger than the precious, but smaller shapes I still have from when I was a child and that we used with our girls when they were little.

And, my grands love pancakes – regular and cottage cheese.

Hmm. How about a special Hanukkah breakfast – with pancakes cut into shapes of a dreidel, menorah, shield, and Jewish star?

Of course, you can also be traditional and make Hanukkah cookies!

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    • Ellen says

      You know, @BBabushka, I hadn’t thought of cottage cheese pancakes as specifically Jewish, except that my grandmother, z”l, made them for me. So I thought it would be fun to cut them with Hanukkah cookie cutters as a special breakfast. BUT, just yesterday, a good friend just gave me an old Jewish cookbook. And don’t you know – cheese pancakes are not only there, they are mentioned specifically for Hanukkah! So it feels like bringing back a tradition I didn’t know existed. Thanks so much for your comment 🙂

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