How To Host The Most Amazing Chanukah Cookie Party (No Baking Required!)

Sara and Yossi Goldstein November 22, 2023

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Chanukah is in the air, and we can feel it! This cookie decorating party is a fun way to get into the Chanukah spirit. You can save it for a rainy Sunday afternoon in Kislev or a special Chanukah vacation activity! I used the NEW Manischewitz pre-baked sugar cookie kit and the Chanukah ugly sweater kit, which made the whole setup such a breeze.  Prepping the cookies, sprinkles, and icing bags in advance makes the cookie decorating process a lot less stressful for everyone!

And because Manischewitz thinks of everything, be sure to check out their Chanukah cookie houses. They’re perfect to give as a gift and make a great party activity as well!

I started by setting each place with a Chanukah placemat, which can be colored for more fun! On top, I placed these plastic plates that have built-in sections, perfect for holding all the cookie decorations.

I combined both the pre-baked sugar cookie kit and the Chanukah ugly sweater kit for a variety of cute shapes, sprinkles, frosting, and icing. The ugly sweater cookies are made from a cookie mix, which I baked with the kids. If that’s too much for you, you can put them together in advance. Each kit came with frosting packets that needed a few ingredients. They were super easy to put together and, once they were ready, I assembled them into the decorating bags that came with the kits and placed them on the trays. The pre-baked cookie kits come with a royal icing and the ugly sweater kits come with directions to make your own frosting. The kids enjoyed having both textures to work with. I divided up the sprinkles into shot glasses and placed those on the tray as well.


To decorate the table, I sprinkled confetti and chocolate coins all around. For the centerpiece, I used a battery-powered menorah. Each kid got a glass of milk with a fun blue and white straw. I’ve never seen kids so excited about milk! We all know it’s the cookies’ best friend.

Each kid got to take a cookie box to store their cookies in, along with a blue ribbon and Chanukah-themed stickers. Their sticky blue and yellow faces and bellies full of cookie samples evidenced that they were beyond overjoyed with this Chanukah activity. I was thrilled to have such an easy setup!



1. Feed them a snack beforehand, so they can enjoy the cookie decorating process.

2. If they’re worried they’ll mess up, give them a piece of parchment paper to practice the icing on.

3. Give them some toothpicks to use to spread the icing around the cookies.

4. Let the frosting and/or icing harden completely before placing them inside the box.

See the videos below for some cookie decorating ideas!

Dreidel and Menorah Cookies

Ugly Sweater Cookies

Don’t forget the Chanukah music. Enjoy!