No Hanukkah celebration would be complete without the four-sided spinning top game known as dreidel! This sugar cookie version pays homage to the tradition, and becomes part of a beautiful tablescape dressed in blue hues, gold, and silver.
Happy Hanukkah to all my friends and readers who celebrate! This post features the second of three holiday tablescapes I created for HGTV.com (see the first right here). This one is dedicated to the Festival of Lights, and each place setting has an edible dreidel favor in the form of a frosted sugar cookie.
I absolutely loved putting this table together – pulling items from my own collection, curating a few new dishes, and crafting some table decors, too!
I wanted to convey an air of celebration – cue the Hanukkah confetti poppers! Even though there’s lots of gold and silver on the table, it doesn’t feel stuffy or too formal. Metallic table scatter, patterned plates, thrift store blue glassware, along with specially crafted gelt vases filled with roses made everything feel festive yet comfy.
The image gallery on HGTV.com is the best place to see all the little details, and you’ll find a link to the to it at the end of this blog post. I hope you enjoy browsing it all!
Here’s a little more about the cookie favors! The entire recipe is on HGTV’s website, but I’ll give you a quick preview here. You’ll need a dreidel cookie cutter, or you could cut a dreidel template from a heavy piece of card stock and cut around it with a paring knife.
You’ll also find my royal icing tutorial alongside the cookies. It’s great for all kinds of designs.
Gold sugar pearls gave these cookies just enough sparkle. They’re made by Wilton, and are a little different from gold dragees which have a mirror-like shine. These are slightly more matte, and have rich color. You can find them right here.
You can freehand the Hebrew characters on the cookies using a food color pen, but a stencil will make them look picture perfect!
Here’s wishing all the Jewish families and communities that celebrate this special occasion a very happy first night of Hanukkah!