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A sweet surprise for Hanukkah!Dreidel Surprise Cookies
can't be spun, but once broken open, they will reveal a hidden treasure! They are the perfect treat to serve while playing the real dreidel game and are as simple to make as traditional cut out cookies.
When you make these, you'll have a hidy hole in which you can stash small candies, nuts, raisins, or anything you like. It's so fun to watch the reaction of people as they crack open their cookies and candy spills out. It's a treat inside a treat.
Let's start making...
Mix flour, salt, and baking powder together in a bowl. Set aside. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, vanilla, and almond extract and mix until well combined. Add dry ingredients and stir just to combine.
Dust your work surface lightly with flour. Roll the cookie dough out to 1/4" thickness. Cut out dreidels using a cookie cutter.
Place the cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Use a small square cookie cutter or a knife to cut the centers out of one third of your cookies.
Refrigerate cookies for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bake cookies for 12-16 minutes until just the edges begin to brown. Allow cookies to cool completely.
Color vanilla frosting with blue food coloring. Fill a disposable pastry bag or a zip top bag with frosting. Snip off the end of your bag. Decorate one third of the dreidel cookies using the frosting. Pipe two lines of frosting across the dreidel as pictured, then add one of the four Hebrew letters. Allow frosting to dry for about 15 minutes.
Set the cookies with the square cut outs upside down on your baking sheet. Pipe a thin line of frosting down the middle of the cookies all around the square opening. Press cookies, frosting side down onto a plain dreidel cookies.
Fill the square opening with small candies, raisins, or nuts. Pipe a thin line of frosting down the middle of the cookie all around the square opening. Top it with a decorated dreidel cookie.
Allow cookies to sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes before serving so the frosting has time to harden and the cookie layers will stay together. You can store the dreidel cookies in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
Celebrate the Festival of Lights with Dreidel Surprise Cookies and also these traditional favorites.