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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
- 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
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.