Prep Time:

2 hours 10 minutes

Cook Time:

8 minutes





About the Recipe

Senior Consultant Raphael Brass' have always loved hosting people for the holidays and Hanukkah in particular. This is partly because his parents met at a Hanukkah party and were married a few months later. Rafi also introduced his family to his then girlfriend (now wife) for the first time at the Brass family’s annual Hanukkah party. As kids and even as adults, they always looked forward to these events because they knew there would be endless delicious treats. Rafi's mom’s sugar cookies in traditional Hanukkah shapes like a spinning top (dreidel) and menorah were a staple of these parties. The real miracle of Hanukkah would be if there were any left at the end of the night, which was a rare occurrence!


  • 3 cups – flour

  • 1 cup – butter or margarine

  • 1 tsp – baking powder

  • 1.5 cups – sugar

  • 2 eggs

  • 2 tsp – vanilla

  • 0.25 cups – sanding sugar


  1. Mix all ingredients but sanding sugar together and process dough

  2. Wrap then cool for 2 hours

  3. Preheat oven to 350 F

  4. Roll out and cut cookies (in our family we use Hannukah cut outs)

  5. Sprinkle sanding sugar on top if desired

  6. Bake for 8 minutes