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by: Laurie Mega

Hannukah begins December 12 this year, so it's time to start thinking about your plans. Are you toying with the idea of throwing a party? We can help you out with the food!

If you're new to traditional Hanukkah foods, or just new to cooking, we have the three must-have recipes for the festival of lights.


Hanukkah Latkes

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Oily foods are the tradition for Hanukkah (to celebrate the oil lasting eight days and nights), and latkes are no exception. These delicious little pancakes are made from potato, flour and eggs, then deep-fried to a golden brown. They're served as appetizers, side dishes or as the main event. Top them with sour cream or our apple butter recipe (keep reading) and enjoy!

Jelly Donuts

Hanukkah Sufganiyot

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Get ready to go on a serious sugar high. Sufganiyot, or jelly donuts, are also deep-fried and filled with either custard or jelly. Then, they're sprinkled with powdered sugar. This is an especially popular Hannukah recipe with kids, who love to help make them almost as much as they love to eat them.

Apple Butter

Hanukkah Apple Butter

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Apples are more of a traditional food for Rosh Hashanah, but this spread goes so well with latkes, we couldn't resist. If you're going to use apple butter, we suggest leaving garlic out of the latkes (which some people add). You can also spread apple butter on popovers, muffins or any other bread you're serving.

A successful Hanukkah celebration starts with the basics, and these recipes will help you get there. And if you're looking for the perfect gifts for Hanukkah, check out our 8 Days of Hanukkah Gifts.

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