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How to Make Hanukkah Chocolate Coin Cookies

Celebrate the Festival of Lights by making your own chocolate coin cookies with this recipe.


  • Step 1: Mix butter, sugar, and egg Use the paddle attachment on your mixer and cream the butter and brown sugar for three minutes -- until the mixture is light and fluffy. Then add the egg and mix it in thoroughly.
  • Step 2: Mix cocoa, flour, and salt Whisk the cocoa powder, flour, and salt together in a mixing bowl, and then add it to the egg mixture. Mix until everything is just combined.
  • TIP: You can also add a tablespoon of freshly grated orange zest.
  • Step 3: Chill the dough Scrape the dough onto a piece of plastic wrap, flatten it into a disk, and then wrap it and refrigerate it overnight.
  • Step 4: Heat the oven, prepare baking sheets Heat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, line two baking sheets with parchment paper, and place the granulated sugar in a bowl.
  • Step 5: Roll, cut, transfer cookies Lightly flour your work surface and roll the dough out to a 1/4-inch thickness. Cut the cookies with the cookie cutter and press each cookie into the granulated sugar. Then transfer the cookies to the baking sheets, spacing them 1/2 inch apart.
  • Step 6: Bake Bake the cookies for 12 minutes, until they're firm. Cool them on a wire rack and then wrap them in foil. Then light the menorah, spin the dreidel, and have a cookie.
  • FACT: In Israel, Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, is observed for two days, but the other major holidays are observed for only one day.

You Will Need

  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • softened
  • 1/2 c. plus 2 tbsp. packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 c. plus 3 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 c. granulated sugar
  • Electric mixer with paddle attachment
  • 2 baking sheets
  • Rolling pin
  • 2-in. round cookie cutter
  • Cooling rack
  • 1 tsp. orange zest (optional)

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