Hanukkah Sugar Cookies

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My daughter and I are always looking for a super easy sugar cookie recipe this time of year to make holiday cookies for Christmas and Hanukkah. My friend, Ashley, used this recipe from Allrecipes.com, and these Hanukkah Sugar Cookies are amazing!  These are really light, soft and not too sweet. Just be careful, you can’t stop eating them once you start. This recipe is also really simple and perfect for Hanukkah, Christmas or anytime of the year. Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, starts at sundown tonight and until the evening of December 24th. The story of Hanukkah is one of revolution and miracles. Jewish people light menorah candles, one a night, for eight nights, gift gifts and eat fried potato pancakes (latkes). People always get confused on lighting the candles and which way to start so here you go:

On the first night of Chanukah, set one candle to the far right of the menorah. On the following night add a second light to the left of the first one, and then add one light each night of Chanukah—moving from right to left. Each night, light the newest (leftmost) candle first, and continue lighting from left to right. In other words, we add lights to the menorah from right to left, and we light from left to right. Happy Hanukkah from my family to yours!

Sweet Potato Butternut Squash Latkes

2013 has been a whirlwind for me. All the sudden it’s November, Thanksgiving…and Chanukah! This year we have the rare opportunity to celebrate Chanukah and Thanksgiving simultaneously for the first time since the early 1900s, definitely an occasion worth taking advantage of from a culinary standpoint. Chanukah, meet Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving, meet Chanukah! Instead of sweet potato pie, try these sweet potato butternut squash latkes. They are amazing! You’ll get the flavors of Thanksgiving but the crispy fried texture of Chanukah. Thank you to Chabad  for sharing this recipe with my readers. I only adapted it slightly. Enjoy and happy Thanksgiving and Chanukah!

Hanukkah Latkes: Cilantro-Jalapeño Latkes with Chipotle Sour Cream

It’s the 3rd night of Hanukkah, and I have been searching for a new, creative Latke recipe to prepare. Luckily, I found these Cilantro-Jalapeno Latkes with Chipotle Sour Cream from Cooking Light Magazine. With only 260 calories and 11 grams of fat, you can’t go wrong with this healthy and fabulous latke recipe (whether you celebrate Hanukkah or not). I appreciate Cooking Light for allowing me to share their photo and recipe for this post as it was used with their permission. Check out some other Latke recipes that I would love to try.

Latkes-Healthy Green Kitchen

Pumpkin Potato Latkes-Serious Eats

Sweet Potato Latkes-All Recipes

Potato-Apple Latkes-Cooking Light

Winter Sunshine Latkes-LA Times