Eat it, Hang it: Chanukah Cookie Ornaments

Decorating your home for the holiday makes the Festival of Lights an homage to the cookie.

By Erin Blakemore

With a history spanning more than 2,000 years, there’s no denying that Chanukah is all about tradition. But after lighting the menorah, spinning a dreidel or two, chomping on a plate of latkes, and exchanging gifts, what do you do in your family that makes the holiday personalized? Why not up the ante this year with a new tradition that you can incorporate into your celebrations with your grandchildren?

According to the Talmud, one must eat while preparing Chanukah cookie ornaments. OK we made that up, but it’s still a good idea. And it’s easy.

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Ingredients:
Prepared sugar-cookie dough (told you this was easy)
White frosting
Blue food coloring
Sparkly cake decorations
Sturdy string or ribbon in blue or silver
Star of David cookie cutter.
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon cooking oil

Directions:
1. Roll out the sugar-cookie dough and cut it up with the Star of David cookie cutter.

2. Decorate with sparkly cake decorations.

3. Follow the baking directions on the packet.

4. When cooled, add frosting, some of which can be dyed blue with the food coloring.

Next Commandment:
Combine the flour, salt, water, and cooking oil into a dough.

EAT ONE COOKIE (see above).

Knead for at least ten minutes.

EAT TWO COOKIES.

Add blue food dye and roll out the dough.

EAT HALF A COOKIE.

Cut the dough with the Star of David cookie cutter and decorate with sparkly cake decorations. Make a hole up top for stringing.

EAT OTHER HALF OF COOKIE.

Bake at 250 degrees, until hard.

EAT THE COOKIE YOUR GRANDCHILD LEFT OVER.

When cooled, string ribbon through the hole, make a knot, and hang around the house.

THINK ABOUT MAKING MORE COOKIES.

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