In many homes, there is a tradition to bake Hanukkah cookies this time of year. Whether it’s the sugar and butter mixing in the mixer, the blue and white sprinkles, or the festive menorah cookie cutters, there is something about cookie baking that propels us into the holiday spirit.
This year, I wanted a new Hanukkah cookie to share with family and friends. Although I love the classic sugar cookie with sprinkles, sometimes it’s nice to have a really easy and delicious cookie with limited frill and fuss.
These blue crinkle cookies fit the bill perfectly! They are the delicious, soft and chewy cookies we adore, with blue coloring for Hanukkah.
1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup oil
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla bean paste, or pure vanilla extract
Blue gel food coloring
1 cup powdered sugar, for coating
Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, mix the sugar and oil together for 2-3 minutes, or until light and fluffy. With the mixer on low speed, add the eggs one at a time, and then add the vanilla. Mix until combined. Add the blue food coloring, until the desired color is achieved.
Slowly add in the flour mixture, and mix until fully combined.
Empty the dough onto a clean and floured surface. Form the dough into a ball and wrap with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least two hours.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Place the powdered sugar into a small bowl. Set aside.
Unwrap the chilled dough. Using your hands, roll 1-inch balls. If the dough gets sticky, add powdered sugar to the palm of your hands when rolling. Then, roll the dough balls in the bowl of powdered sugar, making sure they are completely and generously coated.
Place them on the prepared baking sheets, two inches apart. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for five minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
Pronounced: KHAH-nuh-kah, also ha-new-KAH, an eight-day festival commemorating the Maccabees’ victory over the Greeks and subsequent rededication of the temple. Falls in the Hebrew month of Kislev, which usually corresponds with December.
Pronounced: muh-NOHR-uh, Origin: Hebrew, a lamp or candelabra, often used to refer to the Hanukkah menorah, or Hanukkiah.