Cut-Out Decorated Dairy or Parve Hanukkah Cookies

Hanukkah cookies
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Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 8 mins
Total: 28 mins
Servings: 9 to 12 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
207 Calories
11g Fat
27g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 9 to 12
Amount per serving
Calories 207
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 35mg 12%
Sodium 331mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Protein 2g
Calcium 67mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Decorate your cut-out holiday shape cookies this year! This easy-to-make dough can be rolled out immediately (no need to chill it) and cut into your favorite holiday shapes. Margarine can be used instead of butter for parve cookies. Use non-stick cooking spray and sanding sugar to make colorful and fun designs. Happy Hanukkah!


  • 1 cup (200 grams) butter or pareve margarine (room temperature)
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • Sanding sugar in various bright colors to garnish

Steps to Make It

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

  2. Mix margarine (or butter) and sugar until smooth.

  3. Add in eggs and vanilla.

  4. In a separate bowl, mix flour with baking powder.

  5. Slowly add flour mixture to the dough until just blended.

  6. Divide dough into 2 balls. Do not refrigerate the dough.

  7. Flour rolling pin, rolling surface, and cookie cutters.

  8. Roll out dough until 1/8 inch thick. Cut into shapes. Use a spatula to place cut-out shapes onto an ungreased cookie sheet. 9. Continue rolling and cutting cookies until the dough all the dough is used. Re-flour surface, rolling pin and cookie cutters as needed.

  9. To decorate the cookies, spray the tops of the cookies with non-stick cooking spray. Place a spatula or other kitchen tool with interesting lines or holes on top of the sprayed cookie. Sprinkle with sanding sugar. Carefully lift spatula.

  10. Bake at 400 degrees F for 6 to 8 minutes or until lightly browned.

  11. Serve and enjoy!