Cut-Out Decorated Hanukkah Cookies (Dairy or Parve)

Hanukkah cookies
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  • Total: 28 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 8 mins
  • Yield: 3-4 dozen cookies (serves 9-12)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
207 Calories
11g Fat
27g Carbs
2g Protein
(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, fun designs or browse more cookie decorating ideas here. 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 Fahrenheit.

  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 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 Fahrenheit for 6-8 minutes or until lightly browned.