A Latka Night of Dreidels & Cookies

“Dreidel, dreidel, I made it out of clay”… lighting the candles of the menorah, noshing on potato latkas with applesauce, wearing a yarmulke, singing songs, and munching on sugar cookies are all happy memories of a child growing up in the Jewish culture. Reminiscing as a child or sharing these memories with a newborn nephew in the family by reading Hanukkah stories really are the moments to capture during this unprecedented year. These moments really help freeze time from reality! Enjoy!

Cut Out Sugar Cookie recipe (gluten free or not gluten free!) I most definitely and highly recommend a rolling pin and multiple sheets of parchment paper. “Whatever was left in the cupboards” toppings were used on each cookie rather than ice frosting and multi sprinkles. Cinnamon sugar, crushed walnuts, and crushed pieces of chocolate and white chocolate covered apple on a stick were graciously used to their full extent!

Marshmallow dreidel pops are my most all time fave noshes to make for holiday parties (for now!)! Everything can be store bought, even at Walgreens!

  • A bag of marshmallows
  • Blue gel icing with a pointed tip for writing
  • Pretzel sticks
  • White chocolate chips – melted or white cream frosting as the “glue” to hold all
  • A bag of Hershey’s kisses with the white and chocolate swirls or any flavor will do!

How to’s:

  • Name your number of pops you plan on making.
  • Line up your pretzel sticks.
  • Stick a marshmallow ontop of each- push up to approx 1/2 the height of marshmallow.
  • Melt white chocolate or white fudge in a bowl.
  • Slab some under each marshmallow as the glue.
  • Place a Hershey kiss under each slab.
  • Stick a pretzel stick ontop of each marshmallow.
  • Draw, upside down, with blue gel icing (with tip) on each.
  • Let dry.
  • Line em up.
  • Enjoy 😊

Potato latkas…. as we all know from watching our parents and our grandparents frying Russert potato patches with hot oil popping out, burning, and leaving a permanent smell on the stovetop was really the norm.

Of course, when reality kicks in, we turn off Netflix, we stop reminiscing, and we try to re-focus on the world’s latest knowledge and current news on getting through this lockdown. We also try to resource smart ways of trying to stay healthy in order to survive this pandemic. Thus, an easy alternative would be to lay all potato patches (batter) on a cooking sheet and slide into the oven to bake at 350… the latkas look as if they were fried! Baked looks like our beloved tradition… enjoy!

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