Melt-In-Your-Mouth Hanukkah Gelt Cookies

chanuka gelt cookies on OvertimeCook - these melt in your mouth!

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How is it that Chanukah is almost here already. Didn’t we just cook up a storm for Rosh Hashanah?

Well like it or not, Hanukkah is right around the corner. Luckily, I’ve got a bunch of new and totally delicious recipes up my sleeve to share with you! I’m going to start off with this fabulous cookie recipe. The inspiration for this idea came from these cookies, which were (and continue to be) a total success. They’re delicious and easy and totally scream “chanukah!” So I decided to come up with this new version. I made a melt-in-your-mouth cookie dough – with cream cheese in it, of course. And then I press a hanukkah coin right into the middle of it. How adorable is that?

Get on these cookies, pronto (freeze them, if you want!), and I’ll share some amazing new recipes for y’all soon!

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chanuka gelt cookies

Melt in Your Mouth Chanukah Gelt Cookies

By Miriam Pascal, OvertimeCook.Com

Originally published in my column in Ami/Whisk magazine


1 stick (1/2 cup) butter or margarine

1/2 package (4 oz) cream cheese or tofutti cream cheese

1 cup confectioner’s sugar

1 Tablespoon vanilla sugar (or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract)

1 1/3 cups flour

(Approximately) 36 medium sized chocolate coins, unwrapped


Preheat oven to 375. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

In the bowl of your electric mixer, cream together the butter or margarine and cream cheese until just combined. Add the confectioner’s sugar and vanilla sugar and cream until smooth. Add the flour and beat until it forms a dough. Don’t over mix.

Form 1 inch balls of dough (use a small cookie scoop to measure, if you have one) and place on tray. Bake for 12 minutes.

Remove from oven and, working quickly, place an unwrapped chocolate coin into the center of each cookie. Press down slightly on the coin, breaking the surface of the cookie.

Return tray to the oven and bake for an additional minute or two, until cooked through.

Remove cookies from oven and set aside to cool. (Don’t touch the hot chocolate coins  – they can really burn!)

Thanks for stopping by friends! And tell me – what recipes are you looking for this Chanukah? -Miriam 


  1. rachel s says

    to make the cookie chocolate as well (my kids are chocoholics) – would i just add cocoa? Cocoa+ more sugar? what do you recommend / amounts to add.

  2. miriam says

    These are easy to make and my kitchen smells delicious! But the chocolates arent getting hard and I want to stack them. What do I do ?

  3. Happy Chanukah says

    YUM!!!! I just made these for the first night of Chanukah (i live in Israel) and they are YUMM!!! Look gorgeous and taste ummmm well there aren’t any left any more….. :)

  4. Shoshana says

    IS it whipped cream cheese or the gray hard cream cheese? Also, must i use a mixer or could it be mixed by hand with a whisk or spoon?

  5. Dena says

    Made these amazing Chanukah cookies the other night… Beyond Amazing!!! Never had such soft, melty cookies – and the combination of the chocolate Chanukah gelt – perfection! Plus kids had fun making them. Thanks for your generous and inspired blog.

  6. says

    Is there a way I can print this in a darker ink because all the recipes in your site have this grey shad of ink and I can’t see the recipe! grrr!!


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