It’s not Chanukah without..Cookies?! Part 4 of the Scharffen Berger Experiments and a Blog Party!

Thank you goes to Jane Mermel from RF Binder for the Scharffen Berger cocoa powder used in this recipe.

It’s that time of year again. Chanukah is a time of miracles both past and present celebrated. It’s a time for family, for getting together, for laughter and warmth. Best of all, it’s a time for food. Not just any kind, but rich, delicious foods that warm both heart and soul. It’s memory making food. Many people I know celebrate with latkes ( made from potato and root vegetables of every type) or sufganiot (rich donuts filled with jam or custard).

Me and my family? We love cookies, and this year we have a new recipe to try.

For us, it’s not Chanukah without cookies. DH grew up eating Chanukah cookies, and I will take cookies over latkes and sufganiot any day. I recently conducted an experiment with the following recipe ( Callebaut vs. Scharffen Berger) for chocolate peanutbutter cookies, and it was a tie! If it was that good, I decided, it was good enough for my family.  Here’s the recipe, adapted from (as most of my pastry recipes are) Michael Ruhlman’s Ratio (pg 38 the 1-2-3 Cookie Dough)

Chocolate PeanutButter Cookies: these may be a new family favorite.

Combine 2 oz sugar, 4 oz butter or margarine, a pinch of salt, 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract and 6 oz flour. ( I added 4 scant tsp cocoa powder and 3 oz peanutbutter) Mix together, and roll into small balls ( The book calls for 1-1/2inch, but I made balls about half that size and was very happy) Space out on a cookie tray, bake at 350F for 20 mins. I left mine sit in the oven for 5 mins extra to get a bit crispy, but if you don’t like that, remove and let cool a little, then  move to cooling tray to cool completely.

Welcome to our first ever Hanukkah Blog Party, hosted by Leah of Cook Kosher and Miriam of Overtime Cook. It’s traditional on Hanukkah to eat fried treats, most notably donuts and latkes, and we’ve got a fabulous array of Hanukkah themed recipes, treats and crafts from Jewish bloggers all over the world! Scroll down for links to all of the delicious treats.
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! THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED! THANK YOU FOR PARTICIPATING!
Prizes can only be shipped within the US. Entries must be accompanied by a valid email address in order to qualify.
How to enter: Leave a comment on this post by sharing with me your favorite Chanukah family tradition!
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
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
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 FashionIsha made Sparkly Chanukah Cookies
Yosef from This American Bite made Garlic, Zaatar and Olive Oil Popcorn

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
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44 Responses to It’s not Chanukah without..Cookies?! Part 4 of the Scharffen Berger Experiments and a Blog Party!

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  11. Sarah says:

    My fiance would love me forever if I made him these cookies. Delicous!

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  13. Shelley says:

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

    http://thekosherhome.com/chanukah-sameach/

    Shelley from The Kosher home!

  14. Every party needs cookies!!! I LOVE the combo of peanut butter and chocolate and these cookies are right up my alley.

  15. Sarah, these cookies look fabulous! Thanks for participating. :)

    My favorite tradition is having a party with the whole family.

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  17. G6 says:

    My favorite tradition is eating latkes FRESH FROM THE PAN! :)

  18. Did you say chocolate and peanut butter? must. make. these! Happy Chanukah!

  19. Esther says:

    These cookies look delicious-cant wait to try them!

  20. jessica says:

    these look awesome!

  21. Krissie says:

    I guess our tradition is cooking and baking like mad — then enjoying everything together as a family
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  22. gigi says:

    these seem really easy to prepare and look really fabulous! will have to prepare them at some point. thanks for sharing the recipe. so glad to have discovered your blog through the blog party will be back to visit agian soon! have a happy chanuka! gigi. food and beauty blogger @ http://www.gigikkitchen.blogspot.com

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  24. Ayelet May says:

    fave tradition: we love lighting the candles. Each kid pulls out their most beloved preschool creation and we sing and dance to the candlelight.

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  26. My partner just happens to be a weirdo who hates peanut butter – so not sure how these would go down (although they look delicious.)

    The best Hanukkah tradition? Has to be prepping food with loved ones – it’s so much more fun to do it as a team!

  27. Leah says:

    Looks fabulous. Love chocolate cookies!

  28. Laura says:

    You can’t go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate. My favorite tradition is having a party with family.

  29. Amital says:

    We love spending family time together, playing board games and legos with a fire in the fireplace.

  30. Devora says:

    I love cookies!

  31. i love your chocolate experiment series. The cookies look delicious!

  32. Brina says:

    My favorite chanukah tradition is singing and dancing after licht benchten, chanukah sameach.

  33. Gianna says:

    Potato latkes.

  34. Kreindy Weiss says:

    Cookies look amazing! Favorite family tradition is Chanukah parties. Happy Chanukah!

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  36. Liz Blunt says:

    Chocolate Hannukah gelt is a favorite treat at my house!

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  38. Tamar Genger says:

    I love the experiment, so fun.

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