Chanukah Gelt – Homemade Made!

Chanukah is quickly approaching.  Here is our favorite Chanukah “Gelt” Cookie recipe!

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One tradition during Chanukah is to give “gelt”, money , to children.  The children are taught to give a portion of it to charity and to keep a portion.  Some give the children a small amount of “gelt” each night of Chanukah.  For those wishing to give “gelt” giving without actually giving money, chocolate “gelt” has been a fun way to keep the tradition alive.  


Here is another fun and creative way to give the gift of “gelt”. 



  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, room  temperature
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup unsweetened  cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest (optional)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar


1.       In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add egg; mix until well combined.

2.       In a large bowl, whisk together cocoa powder, flour, salt, and orange zest, if using. Add flour mixture to egg mixture; continue mixing until the ingredients are just combined, scraping down sides of the bowl.

3.       Scrape dough onto a piece of plastic wrap; flatten into a disk. Wrap, and chill at least 1 hour or overnight.

4.       Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Place granulated sugar in a small bowl.

5.       On a lightly floured work surface, roll out dough to a 1/4-inch thickness. Using a 2-inch-round cutter, cut out cookies. Carefully press each cookie into granulated sugar. Transfer cookies to sheets, spaced 1/2 inch apart.

6.       Bake until cookies are firm, about 12 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Wrap in foil.

(taken from Martha Stewart)

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