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Chanukah Gelt Cookies


Tonight is night #3 of #8nights8Bites right here on the blog! Every, night, for the whole Chanukah I’ll be posting a new recipe and ideas for Chanukah! The recipes are EASY, QUICK, and super fun for everyone! Keep checking back here every night and share your creations with us on FB or Instagram with the hashtag #8nights8bites – can’t wait to see what you come up with!

The recipe I have for you today is so delicious. It has two of my favorite things, white chocolate and fudgy cookies. Yum. The ideal combo.

These chocolate cookies can actually be used with any kind of topping. Caramel spread, chocolate spread, peppermint candies… But I’ve decided to go with the Chanukah theme this time and using chocolate coins was the perfect solution! White chocolate was the obvious choice!

I made these while my kids were at school last week and when they came home they went crazy! The striking black and white of these cookies is so enticing and the actual bite is exactly what we all want from a cookie bite. They devoured them all, as soon as I finished taking my photos!

Today, our first day of vacation and a perfect “lazy” day at home was another perfect opportunity to bake, and surprise, surprise, these were requested again!

I let my oldest make these on her own and they loved it. From the beginning to end, it’s a really QUICK recipe. You should have all the ingredients at home, even the coins can be found in most homes now during Chanukah. If you don’t have the white available, go with the milk chocolate, it also comes out delicious. The cookie dough was made with a fork and our hands! So no mixer needed. One bowl. One fork. Super easy cleanup, done!

First, we take a chocolate fudgy thumbprint cookie. We bake it for about 8-10 minutes, make sure not to overbake! This is critical for the fudgy texture.

When we take the cookies out of the oven, the timing here is important. We want the chocolate coin to stick to the cookie, but we don’t want it to melt. The cookies should stay on the cookie sheet cooling for about 3-5 minutes after coming out of the oven. At that point we gently press the chocolate coin on the top of the cookie.

And that’s it! Let them cool a bit longer and enjoy! They’re best eaten warm because the bottom of the chocolate coin starts to melt and the result is the perfect smooth cookie.

Happy Chanukah night #2! Let’s see what you’re baking! Tag us with the hashtag #8nights8bites!

Chanukah Gelt Cookie Recipe


1/2 cup butter, very soft

½ cup sugar

½ cup brown sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 ½ cup flour

2/3 cup cocoa powder

½ tsp salt

¼ tsp baking powder

¼ tsp baking soda

White chocolate coins


· In a large mixing bowl, mix the butter and sugars.

· When combined add in the eggs and vanilla, mix.

· Add tall the dry ingredients and mix until a dough forms.

· Using your hands, lightly knead the dough until everything is combined.

· Form medium balls and roll in between your palms.

· Bake at 350F for 8-10 minutes.

· Let cool for 3-5 minutes and gently press one chocolate coin onto each cookie.


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Hi! I'm Rosa, a mom of 5, pastry chef and entrepreneur. I know how important and fleeting quality time is with the little ones. I like to come up with recipes that are QUICK & EASY, can be done with or without the kiddos and always comes out delish. Thanks for making my recipes!

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