Challah is not just for Hannukah. It is always a nice addition.

If you’re looking for festive Hanukkah recipes this holiday season, look no further than these show-stopping dishes guaranteed to impress your guests. From savory latkes to sweet jelly donuts, there’s something for everyone on the list

Jewish holiday hannukah recipes can be served alongside symbols - menorah, doughnuts, chockolate coins and wooden dreidels.

Hanukkah is a time for family, friends, faith and of course, food! If you want to impress your guests this holiday season, look no further than these three show-stopping Hanukkah recipes.  From savory latkes to sweet jelly donuts, there’s something for everyone on this list. 

What Is Hanukkah?

According to, Hanukkah is a Jewish festival, lasting eight days. It commemorates the rededication of the Temple in 165 BC by the Maccabees after its desecration by the Syrians. It is often called the Festival of Lights, as it is marked by the successive lighting of eight candles in a menarah. Those who celebrate Hanukkah usually take place in traditions like lighting the menorah, eating gelt, baking delicious Hanukkah recipes, playing the dreidel game and enjoying the fun of giving and receiving hanukkah gifts each night of the festival. This year, Hanukkah starts on December 18, 2022. You can learn more about Hanukkah here.

Whether you’re hosting a party or just looking for festive dishes to make at home, these Hanukkah recipes are guaranteed to bring light to your celebration. If you’re looking for something traditional or something new, try one (or five) of some of my abolute favorite Hanukkah recipes. They have always pleased everyone at my holiday gatherings over the years!

Five Festive Traditional Hanukkah Recipes

1. Traditional Potato Latkes

Latkes are one of my favorite Hannukah recipes.
Potato latkes for Hanukkah served with sour cream and applesauce.

These crispy potato pancakes are a Hanukkah staple for a reason! They’re easy to make and can be served with a variety of toppings. For a traditional twist, try serving them with applesauce or sour cream. Fried foods are plentiful during Hanukkah as the process of frying recalls the miracle of the oil.

2. Jelly Donuts aka: Sufganiyot

Try this quick jelly donut recipe. It is one of my favorite Hannukah recipes.

Sufganiyot are fried jelly donuts that are a popular Hanukkah treat. These sweet treats can be filled with any type of jelly or jam, and are often dusted with powdered sugar before being served.

3. Chicken Soup

This comforting chicken soup is perfect for a winter evening. Serve it with matzo balls and plenty of fresh herbs for a delicious and satisfying meal.

4. Rugelach

These crescent-shaped cookies are made with a buttery dough and filled with jam, nuts, and chocolate. Rugelach are perfect for gifting or serving at a holiday party.

5. Challah

Challah is not just for Hannukah. It is always a nice addition.
Challah can be braided in various ways to make unique designs.

Challah is a type of braided egg bread that is traditionally eaten on holidays such as Hanukkah. This fluffy bread can be served plain or with a variety of toppings, such as honey or jam.

How are you celebrating Hannukah this year? Even if you aren’t of the Jewish faith, this year is a great time to reach out to Jewish friends and neighbors and ask to join in their celebrations. Life is about learning, growing and sharing experiences. Use these Hannukah recipes to extend that sentiment. Want more Hanukkah recipes? Check out more of my seasonal favorites. And if you need some creative Hanukkah gift ideas, I’ve got you covered too!