It's a Party! A Chanukah Blog Party!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Welcome to the Chanukah Blog Party!
Hey everyone! Happy Chanukah! Are you in a festive mood yet? I am. And today I'm so excited to be a part of this fun blog party hosted by Leah of Cook Kosher and Miriam of Overtime Cook where we each post a recipe and feature the links of all the participants of the party. That means you guys get to peruse a huge list of incredible Chanukah recipes and discover lots of great new blogs on the way. 

To help get everyone into party mode, we have a bunch of fabulous new cookbooks to giveaway! Leave a comment on this post for your chance to win one of:

2 copies of Susie Fishbein's new Kosher By Design Cooking Coach (sponsored by Artscroll)
2 copies of Leah Schapira's  Fresh and Easy Kosher Cooking (sponsored by Artscroll) 
2 copies of Esther Deutch's CHIC Made Simple (sponsored by the author)

Giveaway ends at 11:59 PM on Sunday, December 16th. Limit one entry per person per blog, so visit the other blogs for extra chances to win! 
Prizes can only be shipped within the US. Entries must be accompanied by a valid email address in order to qualify.

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post!

If you would like to be added to the mailing list to participate in future parties, please email

Here's a list of all the blogs participating.  Go ahead and visit them to check out all these Chanukah Themed Recipes:

Jamie from Joy of Kosher made Zucchini Latkes with Tzatziki
Susan from The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen made Squash and Potato Latkes
Samantha from The Little Ferraro Kitchen made Ruby Red Beet Latkes with Cumin
Nechamah from TIforOA Food Ideas made Healthy Oatmeal Latkes
Liz from The Lemon Bowl made Traditional Potato Latkes
Yosef from This American Bite made Latkes & Brisket on Rye
Melanie from From Fast Food to Fresh Food made (I Can't Believe They're Crispy!) Baked Latkes
Laura from Mother Would Know made Three Variations of Sweet and Savory Latkes
Sarah from Crispy Bits and Burnt Ends made Kimchee Latkes
Shulie from Food Wanderings made Baked Panko Sweet Potato Leek Latkes

Donuts and Desserts: 
Miriam from Overtime Cook made Shortcut Cannoli with Chocolate Mousse Filling
Leah from Cook Kosher made 5 Minute Donuts
Estee from The Kosher Scoop made Tropical Fruit Fritters
Melinda from Kitchen-Tested made Sweet Steamed Buns
Amy from What Jew Wanna Eat made Homemade Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Gelt
Avidan from Baking It Up As I Go Along made Orange Olive Oil Cake
Tali from More Quiche Please made Glazed Chocolate Donut Holes
Amital from Organized Jewish Home made Mom's Sour Cream Sugar Cookies
Princess Lea from The Frumanista made Túrógombóc
Stephanie and Jessica from The Kosher Foodies made Beignets
Gigi from Gigi's Kitchen made Bunuelos: Mini Powdered Cheese Donuts 
Esther from Esther O Designs made Edible Menorahs
Patti from No Bacon Here made Hanukkah Oreo Balls
Shoshana from Couldn't Be Parve made Churros con Chocolate
Shaindy from My Happily Hectic Life made Inside Out Apple Crisp
Eve from Gluten Free Nosh made Gluten-Free Hanukkah Sugar Cookies
The Gluten Free maven made Gluten Free Vegan Cake Donuts
Amy from Baking and Mistaking made Mini Cream-Filled French Beignets
Sarah from Food, Words, Photos made Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies
Victoria from Itsy Bitsy Balebusta made Pure Vanilla Donuts
Vicky and Ruth from May I Have That Recipe made Dulce de Leche and Eggnog cream filled mini sufganiot
Dena from Oh You Cook made Poached Pears in Pomegranate Sauce
Michele from Kosher Treif Cooking made Tiramisu Cheessecake
Sharon from Fashion-Isha ( that's me!) made Sparkly Chanukah Cookies

Appetizers, Soups, Sauces, Drinks and other Hanukkah Food:
Laura from Pragmatic Attic made Caramel Spice Applesauce
Jessie from Bread and Butter made Honey Spiced Hanukkah Martini
G6 from Guess Who's Coming 2 Dinner made Sweet Potato Leek Soup
Claire from I Love Soup made Sweet Potato, Coconut & Lemongrass Soup
Jennifer from Juanita's Cocina made Kugel
Liz from Kosher Like Me made Ready, Stuff Roll!
Shelley from The Kosher Home made Hanukkah Crafts and Printables

Sparkly Chanukah Cookies:

In my previous post I talked about all things sparkly, to celebrate this holiday of light. Then I discovered these gorgeous sparkly...gilded crinkle cookies on my friend Busy In Brooklyn's blog:
I decided I just had to share this recipe for Chanukah, and what a perfect choice for this incredible blog party!

Here's the recipe:

Chanukah Greek Olive Oil Crinkle Cookies
2 cups flour
1 cup dutch process cocoa powder
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2/3 cup Colavita 100% Greek olive oil
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp coffee dissolved in 1/4 cup water
Wilton gold color mist food spray
In a bowl, whisk the flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl, combine the olive oil, sugar, eggs, vanilla, and coffee. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir well to combine. If any lumps remain, stir the mixture with a hand-mixer until all the ingredients are well incorporated. Place the dough in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight.
Roll about 2 tablespoons of batter into a ball and place on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Make sure to roll the batter quickly (otherwise the heat of your hands will make it sticky). Repeat with remaining batter.
Spray the cookies with gold spray paint and bake at 350 degrees for approximately 12 minutes. Set aside to cool.
While the cookies are still a little warm (but not too hot that they will melt the chocolate), press chocolate coins into the center of each cookie.
VARIATION: Spray the cookies with silver color mist and top with milk chocolate coins. If you prefer not to use color mist, you can roll the cookies in confectioner’s sugar instead.
YIELDS: 16 cookies

Please visit Busy In Brooklyn to see her original post and enter her Chanukah giveaway as well!

And finally, while we're on the subject of shimmering gold, here are some fabulous gilded pieces I've chosen for you. Go ahead, buy yourself a Chanukah deserve it! Just click on each item to shop!
Happy Chanukah and happy holidays to you all!

Always go for the gold and try to shine...

Up next: Soiree Style with Teri Jon: Dressing Up For Your Holiday Parties

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  1. Want to wish you a very happy, healthy and fun Chanukah Sharon!

  2. wow!! What a fantastic idea!!!!
    Love the compilation of recipes- I'm definitely going to take advantage!!!

  3. wow!!! What a fantastic idea! Love the compilation of Chanukah recipes, I'm definitely going to take advantage!! Happy Chanukah!

  4. thanks for the giveaway. I love your blog. Each and every blog post is incredible and inspiring!

  5. Sharon, those cookies have me speechless!!! So elegant divine...
    Looks like some great recipes to kick off the holidays. happy Chanukah .. Hugs, C. (HHL)

  6. wow! how fancy are these cookies? They look gorgeous. Almost too good to eat.

  7. So glad you joined the blog party – can’t wait to see how you used the printables to decorate your home!

    Shelley from The Kosher home!

  8. Everything sounds like so much fun and we get recipes! Love the cookie and will have to try them.

    Happy Chanukah Sharon!

  9. Those cookies are so elegant and they look appetizing too!

  10. I'm gonna write down how to make these cookies!;)

  11. Happy Hanukkah my dear... hope you´re having a great holiday!

  12. Thanx for making my menu for Shabbos Chanuka!

  13. Thanx for making my Shabbos chanuka menu!

  14. What a fun idea! Wishing you a Happy Chanukah and those cookies are beautiful :)

  15. What a fun idea- especially the cookies! Wishing you a Happy Chanukah!

  16. All the recipes sound so tempting! Would love to win a cookbook!!

  17. Thanks for this post and thanks for the giveaway!

  18. Wow, amazing recipes! Thanks!! Need to find a way to download this!! I will definitely try these - esp beet latkes! Nice to see churros on the list - one of our fried favorites. But I'm not cooking again until next year :-) Ha! Happy Chanukah!

  19. Sharon you are simply the best! I wish you and your family a very Happy Chanukah!

    2012 Artists Series,
    Art by Karena

  20. SHARON!!!!!

    WAIT.....THOSE COOKIES with the olive oil???? I AM SNATCHING THAT RECIPE NOW! I am not Jewish, but SO WHAT! ENTER ME IN! I love a good recipe and I adore Jewish traditions and I will never forget a festive Passover celebration where we ate so much good food....LIVE IT UP...LET THE PARTY BEGIN!!!

    Happy CHANUKAH MY DEAR! Anita

  21. My husband just walked in and saw the cookies....he is holding me to it...I am making these for a holiday dinner next weekend!!! Anita

  22. my chanuka gathering is thursday iyh and i cant wait to incorporate some of these interesting recipes!!

    sharon, youre the best! and you always have such beautiful and inspiring posts!

    keep it up!
    may everyones light shine through the dark!

  23. These look amazing! So many yummies on these blogs!
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  24. I'll take the sparkly good heels! Happy festival of light!

  25. When I first saw BIB's post on these cookies I was so amazed- still am of course they are absolutely stunning. I can't wait to get my hands on some of that edible spray paint and see where it takes me ;) Hope you are having a really Happy Chanuka! xx. gigi.

  26. Oh! How FUN!

    I can't wait to check out all of these recipes. :>

  27. The decor looks gorgeous! Great blog, would you like to follow each other?


  28. Such pretty cookies! Nice "meeting" you through the party!

    Thanks for joining!

  29. What a fun blog party. Hope you have a great holiday.
    Loving the maxi gold dress.

  30. I was wondering how to make gold/silver cookies.

  31. Oh Sharon, thank you for coming by. You are so kind to enjoy my blog, and I am loving yours with so much joy and beauty. Your smile is the best part of it all...and yes, THOSE COOKIES are going to be made twice; this weekend as a friend comes for dinner and then the following week. Let's all celebrate the light! Anita

  32. Love your blog! There is so much inspiration!!!!
    No doubt following you since now!
    Would be glad to see you also in my blog one day!

    Una chica fashiontastica

  33. Happy holidays Sharon! The cookies look delicious nd I also love your gilded spread...the short cocktail dress is gorgeous.

  34. What an INCREDIBLE roundup of Chanukah goodness I want it ALL!!

  35. Those cookies are almost too pretty to eat! Love the gold items you chose and her make up. Wouldn't mind having that clutch!! Happy Hannukah! Hope I spelled that right! xo

  36. Thank you for sharing the recipe - those cookies look yummy and beautiful! x

  37. Love the cookies <3
    Great pictures <3


  38. Fabulous post! Utterly beautiful



  39. These are beautiful. I've never seen spray color, but sounds cool!

  40. cookies look beautiful

  41. Thanks for having us over for the party! Happy Chanukah!!

  42. These cookies are beautiful! They could stand out anywhere

  43. I would love to win one of the cookbooks!

  44. I would love to win one of the Amazing cookbooks!

  45. I would love to win one of the amazing cookbooks!

  46. I would love to win one of the amazing cookbooks!

  47. I would love to win one of the amazing cookbooks!

  48. I would love to win one of the amazing cookbooks!

  49. I love how delicious the cookies look - the glitter is gorgeous!

  50. All looks AMAZING keep it up!