In previous Hanukkah blogs, we introduced the idea of edible dreidels and edible menorahs. Easy. Great for any age. And can serve as a great canvas to learn how to write the Hebrew letters that are on the dreidel.
We also talked about using Hanukkah cookie cutters for pancakes. Although I still love the small Hanukkah cookie cutters from my youth, and that I used to make cookies with our girls as they grew up, I bought a set of larger ones – perfect for pancakes.
And then . . . In scouting around in cookbooks, I saw the idea for Hanukkah Dreidel Sandwiches in Joan Nathan’s “The Children’s Jewish Holiday Kitchen.” This would work with peanut butter, cream cheese, hummus, and any spreadable. Top with raisins or banana slices.
Reminder from Joan: cut out 2 of each shape to make the sandwich!
Always end up with extra gelt? I tried a recipe for hot cocoa using leftover gelt and it was a big hit, even with our young grandsons!
You can stay basic by combining the milk and chocolate (see directions in the recipe). Or, if your crew likes a kick of spice (as mine does), add a pinch of nutmeg and/or cayenne and/or cinnamon and/or cloves. We used cayenne and cinnamon. And we didn’t try the vanilla in this recipe, though it sounds good to me.
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In our family, a cake means a ta-da moment. So for a true Hanukkah ta-da moment, consider making a dreidel-shaped cake. It’s not complicated, as long as you have a diagram on how to cut and reassemble the pieces, which you’ll find in our Hanukkah Family Fun Kit.
To decorate it, decide if you’re doing the work and presenting it to the family with a drum roll, or whether you want the kids to help you. From my experience, unless you have extremely able frosters, that’s the one part you can do yourself, so you get a smooth surface. Beyond that, all hands can be on deck – using colored sugar, chocolate chips, jelly beans, or whatever little candies you like. Want to include a Gimel (the Hebrew letter on a dreidel) on your cake? That’s what I’ve done. You can use licorice strips to make the letter or pipe the shape around a cardboard cut-out with frosting. That’s been my approach. Enjoy!
The Hanukkah Family Fun Kit includes oodles of other fun activities – including a Hanukkah Bingo Game, dreidels, decorating ideas, a Hanukkah glossary, cookie-baking ideas, an easy latke recipe, coloring activities, blessings, songs, customizable thank you notes and much more!
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Check out our Hanukkah Pinterest Board for tons of ideas!