20 Hanukkah Recipes No Table Is Complete Without

These dishes will take your celebratory dinner to the next level.

Hanukkah has been celebrated for centuries, and with this long-standing tradition comes a bevy of recipes that have been shared for generations. For years, tables have been set with latkes, of course, as well as other fried and dairy-based delicacies to commemorate both the oil that kept the menorah lit for eight days and Judith, a legend who saved her town by weakening the enemy with cheese and wine.

Hanukkah is an important holiday to many people, and it is a holiday that comes with no shortage of delicious foods connected to these stories. This year, set the table with recipes that honor the traditional Hanukkah foods while adding your own contemporary twist.

Here are 20 Hanukkah recipes no table would be complete without, served up in a way you might not have seen them before.

1

Latke Pumpkin Pie

latke pumpkin pie
Courtesy of My Name is Yeh

Latkes are one of the most-consumed foods at Hanukkah (if you need a basic recipe, we created The Best-Ever Potato Latkes Recipe). This recipe celebrates latkes as a sweet and savory combination—by getting reimagined as a pie! Who knew latkes could double in your dessert spread?

Get the recipe from My Name Is Yeh.

2

Spiralized Potato Noodle Kugel

spiralized potato noodle kugel
Courtesy of Inspiralized

The spiralizing trend (zoodles, anyone?) is taking over the dinner table at Hanukkah, too. Switch up the standard noodle kugel with a spiralized potato version, which is simple to make and delicious. Leftovers, if there are any, also work well as breakfast.

Get the recipe from Inspiralized.

3

Matzo Chocolate Bars

matzo chocolate bars
Courtesy of Half Baked Harvest

In a twist on the typical unleavened flatbread, matzo, this recipe uses the matzo as a thin, crispy base for a "magic bar"-esque dessert with only five ingredients! The combination of salty matzo and nuts complements the sweet chocolate and coconut in a treat that will be devoured in minutes.

Get the recipe from Half Baked Harvest.

4

Chocolate Cinnamon Babka Muffins

chocolate cinnamon babka muffins
Courtesy of How Sweet Eats

By baking babka in a muffin tin instead of a loaf tin, it's easy for dinner guests to serve themselves these scrumptious treats. The chocolate-cinnamon combination is delectable, too, so don't be surprised if guests grab two or three at a time.

Get the recipe from How Sweet Eats.

5

Pumpkin Butter Rugelach Cookies

Pumpkin Butter Rugelach
Courtesy of Half Baked Harvest

Rugelach are a staple for any Hanukkah dinner, but this recipe makes use of the last bits of everyone's favorite autumn produce—pumpkin. A sprinkling of pecans with the filling adds crunch, and coarse sugar adds the perfect crisp to the outer layer.

Get the recipe from Half Baked Harvest.

6

Blintz Soufflé

blintz souffle
Courtesy of Savory Simple

Blintzes are similar to pancakes and crepes and are stuffed with cheese, so you truly cannot go wrong by lining several blintzes up in a casserole dish and turning them into a soufflé. Add toppings for whatever taste you want to go for—you can easily whip this dish up and make it sweet or savory.

Get the recipe from Savory Simple.

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7

Spiralized Tzimmes

spiralized tzimmes
Courtesy of Inspiralized

From the sweet potatoes and carrots to the apricots and prunes, this hearty side dish will be a sweet and welcome addition to guests' plates.

Get the recipe from Inspiralized.

8

Celery Root, Bacon, and Parmesan Rösti

celeriac bacon parmesan rosti
Courtesy of I Breathe I'm Hungry

Rösti is similar to fritters and latkes, but much larger. Serve a crowd or celebrate the season with a larger portion for yourself with this recipe that swaps potatoes for celery root. Add in bacon and parmesan for a dish that is packed with savory umami flavor.

Get the recipe from I Breathe I'm Hungry.

9

Pan-Fried Feta With Peppered Honey

feta with peppered honey
Courtesy of Half Baked Harvest

With this one dish, you can pay homage to both the oil that burned for eight nights and the story of Judith and the cheese. This recipe offers complex layers of flavor and texture, from the salty, creamy cheese with a crisp, fried exterior to the sweet-yet-spicy peppery honey.

Get the recipe from Half Baked Harvest.

10

Apple-Pear Sauce

apple-pear sauce
Courtesy of In Erika's Kitchen

Applesauce and sour cream are the best companions to the ever-popular latkes, and if you want to spice up your usual store-bought applesauce, here's your chance. This take adds pears for extra natural sweetness—there is no added sugar or artificial sweeteners here. Just apples, pears, cinnamon, honey, and a bit of lemon juice. Simple and sweet!

Get the recipe from In Erika's Kitchen.

11

Salted Apple Fritters

salted apple fritters
Courtesy of How Sweet Eats

These salted apple fritters are fried in oil, of course, and coated in a mouth-watering glaze—no one will be able to turn one of these delectable desserts down. A hint of flaky sea salt brings out the sweetness of the apples and the glaze.

Get the recipe from How Sweet Eats.

12

Everything Latkes with Smoked Salmon

everything latkes
Courtesy of Zen Belly

Salmon often accompanies a Hanukkah dinner, and this could be the year you display it in a more creative way. This recipe sees smoked salmon topping crispy latkes, both of which are seasoned with the ever-popular everything-but-the-bagel seasoning (you can make your own spice mix at home).

Get the recipe from Zen Belly.

13

Apple Noodle Kugel

apple noodle kugel
Courtesy of Savory Simple

Apples are in abundance this time of year, and their flavors are at their peak sweetness. For this comforting, celebratory noodle kugel, apples add a slight sweetness to a traditional side dish.

Get the recipe from Savory Simple.

14

Herbed Cheddar Latkes

Herbed Cheddar Latkes
Courtesy of Half Baked Harvest

Here, the basic latke gets a savory upgrade with the addition of cheese, herbs, and the perfect amount of sea salt.

Get the recipe from Half Baked Harvest

15

Nutella Rugelach

nutella rugalach
Courtesy of Eating Bird Food

Nutella really does make everything better, and here, you can change up the typical rugelach with this hazelnut spread.

Get the recipe from Eating Bird Food

16

Apple Honey Challah

apple honey challah
Courtesy of Well Plated by Erin

Challah bread is a staple, and with this recipe, you can make an apple honey version that features apple chunks and golden honey. Yum!

Get the recipe from Well Plated by Erin

17

Matzo Ball Soup with Chicken Meatballs

Chicken Noodle Matzo Ball Soup
Courtesy of Foodie Crush

It's no secret you'll most likely be enjoying a warm bowl of matzo ball soup at a Hanukkah feast, but this recipe takes a not-so-traditional approach with the addition of chicken meatballs.

Get the recipe from Foodie Crush

18

Eggnog Chocolate Marzipan Babka French Toast

eggnog chocolate marzipan babka french toast
Courtesy of Half Baked Harvest

Babka is a braided bread that often features chocolate swirled throughout it, but here, you'll get some eggnog added into the mix for a French toast dish that makes for a decadent dessert or a sweet brunch option.

Get the recipe from Half Baked Harvest

19

Jelly Doughnut Bundt Cake

Jelly Doughnut Bundt Cake
Courtesy of The View from Great Island

Sufganiyot are often served at a Hanukah celebration, and the jelly-filled doughnuts make for a delicious dessert. Here, that sweet treat provides inspiration for a bundt cake version. It's a different way of serving up some sufganiyot this year!

Get the recipe from The View from Great Island

20

Sweet Potato Latkes

sweet potato latke
Courtesy of A Pretty Life

You haven't had a latke like this before! Here, sweet potato takes center stage for a latke that brings some bright color and big flavor to the dinner table.

Get the recipe from A Pretty Life

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