Chanukah gelt cookies

By | December 26, 2011

This one comes with a bit of a story.

About two months ago, I started noticing something of a pattern in the blogosphere — it seemed like everyone was talking about cookies topped with chocolate candies. (I think it was this one from Bakerella that threw me over the edge. So pretty!) I wanted to make my own batch, but I needed it to have my signature.

Something Jewish. Something that says Israel.

Something like a peanut butter cookie with Badatz Eidah Chareidis chocolate gelt pressed on top.

Don’t you love that the hechsher is imprinted on the chocolate? Cracks me up every time.

Anyway, I was psyched to make these cookies for Chanukah. I got three bags of gelt — two milk chocolate, one white — and waited for the blessed day to arrive.

The first night of Chanukah found me in a mall in Eilat, taking advantage of the free wifi at a coffee shop. In between completing work assignments, I opened a new window in my browser and went to see what was happening at Tales of an Overtime Cook.

And then my mouth dropped open and I just about cried. Miriam had the exact same idea as me…and she blogged about it first!

Eventually, I got over it. (I think.) I mean, there has to be some level of repetition in the kosher blogging world, right? And I do believe in embracing your competition.

But okay, enough of my sob story. There are still two days of Chanukah left, and I hope you’ll use them to whip up these Chanukah gelt cookies.

I used my easy recipe for peanut butter chocolate chip cookies, minus the chocolate chips so that the gelt could really shine. There’s really nothing fussy about these: Make the dough, shape it into balls, and gently press the chocolate coins on top before baking. They’re in the oven for 10 minutes, and I had no trouble with the chocolate melting too much or burning or anything like that.

The cookies are moist, the chocolate is perfect. And you know you can’t go wrong with a peanut butter/chocolate combination.

Especially one that’s practically endorsed by Badatz.


Abigail on December 27, 2011 at 11:04 am.

I can testify how great these were!!! Especially for breakfast the next day with a cup of tea :)


Ahuva Kopel on December 10, 2012 at 4:26 pm.

Just made these last night for my Hanukka Mesiba and they were a huge hit. I swapped white for whole wheat flour and it turned out great.


Rena on December 12, 2012 at 5:18 pm.

I just made these tonight, I tried it your way first where you put the chocolate in the oven and they came out fine but not so pretty, and then i baked the cookies and after i took them out i pushed the coins into the cookie and that way they came out much nicer looking. Either way, they taste really yummy!!! Thanks!!!


Tali Simon on December 12, 2012 at 7:49 pm.

Good to know that the cookies come out soft enough for that to work. Thanks for the tip!


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