Chanukah Sugar Cookies

Our vanilla-flavored, Chanukah sugar cookies bake up thin and crisp, and ready for your gorgeous decorations!

The Backstory: This is the perfect old-fashioned recipe for Chanukah sugar cookies, passed down to me from my mother-in-law, Phyllis, from her mother, Florence, and more specifically, from Florence’s friend Ethel Levy, who was known in her day as one heck of a cook. Talk about Jewish culinary geography!  More of the Backstory after the recipe

Chanukah Sugar Cookies

Thin, crisp, and sweet with a note of vanilla, this is the only sugar cookie recipe you'll ever need. Eat as is or decorate with your favorite icing.
Course Desserts
Cuisine Jewish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Servings 24 cookies


  • 3 cups flour, sifted
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. allspice
  • 1 cup margarine or shortening
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk


  1. Sift dry ingredients. Cut in shortening. Add vanilla, beaten eggs, milk and sugar. Roll out dough and cut in shapes. Sprinkle tops with sugar and bake on cookie sheet in 400 degree oven until lightly brown.

…The Backstory continues: These cookies are perfect for decorating for Chanukah (a great activity to spend time with the kids or grandchildren) or any time you feel like a simple sugar cookie. They bake up thin, crisp, and with a subtle hint of vanilla. I love to bake sugar cookies and then dip them in melted white chocolate and then add sprinkles or candy non-pareils for a festive touch. They just look so beautiful on a plate or wrapped up as a gift with a large colorful bow in a clear plastic gift bag. No matter how you decorate these, someone will be very happy to receive and eat them.




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Jodi Luber

Jodi Luber

Here goes: Born in Brooklyn. Daughter of a bagel baker with a Henny Youngman soul and a mom who makes Joan Rivers seem tame. Late bloomer. Married the love of my life at 45 and love being a mom to our three kids. I'm a professor at Boston U. Happiest in the kitchen baking and remembering how my dad would melt from a single bite of my cheesecake.
Jodi Luber
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