Want ideas for quick-to-make, kid-friendly Hanukkah food that is not fried in oil? Here are three of my favorites:
#1 Hanukkah pancakes
If you have large Hanukkah cookie cutters, you can make your usual pancake batter – we make cottage cheese pancakes – and cut them into dreidel, Jewish star, and shield shapes. When the kids are six and up, they can help cut the shapes.
#2 Pretzel rod candles
My daughter made these cute pretzel rod candles a few years back. Delish and easy to make.
Here’s what she did:
- Dipped pretzels into melted chocolate (melted in Mason jars in a slow cooker in a water bath),
- Placed them on parchment paper.
- Drizzled them with melted white chocolate from a squirt bottle.
- Added sprinkles. For your little ones, their part would be adding the sprinkles.
Then have the kids count out enough to make a whole “menorah” of pretzel rods. Place the rods on flat platters or cookie sheets. If of pretzel rods. Place the rods on flat platters or cookie sheets. If you want, add an orange or red candy to the top, as the flame. Peppermints or orange gummy rounds would work well.
To make the “shamash,” ask your kids to offer ideas of what they can imagine for how to make this one taller. You’ll probably get a variety of inspired answers.
#3 Make a dreidel cake
You can easily make a dreidel-shaped cake from a 9” x 13” x 2” cake. You can even use a simple box mix.
- Cut 2 triangles off the bottom (see diagram in link below*). Then place the triangles together at the top of the cake to create the handle of the dreidel.
- Frost however you’d like. Then embellish with what’s most age appropriate for the little hands helping you. You can:
Decorate with sprinkles, colored sugar, or chocolate chips.
Outline the edges with M&Ms or jelly beans.
Make a gimel pattern in the middle of the cake with icing.
Use licorice strips to draw a dreidel shape; pipe with frosting.
*See diagram on page 15 of free e-book, “Celebrate Hanukkah: How to Light Up Your Holiday.”
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