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Spinning Chanukah Dreidel Cookies

Spinning Chanukah Dreidel Cookies

Have a ball rolling and swirling these original and fun Chanukah cookies.


It may take a couple of tries to learn the technique, but once you master it you’ll get a thrill as you roll each cookie and see the swirl you create. 


You can use any cookie dough, though the dough has to be very soft for it to work (but not sticky). For best results, do not refrigerate the dough.


Here is the recipe that I used:



1 and 1/2 sticks margarine
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour 


You will also need two different food colors.



1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.


2. Cream the margarine, sugar, egg, and vanilla. Add the flour and mix until combined.


3. Divide the dough into three equal parts.


4. Set one part aside.


5. Add teal food coloring to one part and mix well.


6. Add royal blue to the remaining part and mix well.


7. Roll all three parts into a bunch of small balls (about half an inch in diameter). Try to make the balls as even as possible.


8. Each cookie will need six parts, two of each color.


9. Arrange the balls with the colors in a repeating pattern as in the picture.

10. Squeeze the balls together gently to form a ball as in the picture.

11. Place the ball in the palm of your left hand. (If you are a lefty, in your right hand.) It should look like a flower in your hand.


12. Slightly cup your left hand (vice versa for lefties).


13. Place your other hand on top and roll the ball in a rotating movement between your hands to create a swirl. You can decide if you prefer the cookie swirl on the top or the bottom.


14. Flatten slightly if desired.


15. Place on parchment-lined cookie sheet and bake about 12-13 minutes till the bottom is slightly browned.


16. Allow to cool on a cooling rack.



Looking for more edible crafts to make this Chanukah? Check out all of them here!


Author: Esther Ottensoser

Editorial: Rachel Kor

Photography: Hudi Greenberger