These Hanukkah Gelt Cookies are the best way to use up all that Hannukah Gelt! I stir it into a simple cookie dough that can be frozen and baked whenever we’re craving cookies. They’re super thick, chewy cookies and are delicious. Incredibly easy to make with two hours of chilling time.
When I posted this recipe last year on my Facebook page, a friend told me as a joke that there is no such thing as leftover gelt. Maybe, but we always have too much. These cookies can also be made with leftover Halloween candy, chocolate chips, and sprinkles for other festive versions!
All purpose flour: The base of our cookies.
Baking soda and baking powder: For rise.
Cornstarch: This makes your cookies spread less and hold their shape.
Butter: Unsalted and at room temperature.
Sugar: We’ll be using both brown and white sugar in this recipe.
Eggs: Add structure, leavening, and color.
Vanilla extract: To enhance all of the cookie flavors.
Gelt (chocolate coins): Unwrapped. Add chocolate chips or other candy if you have less than a cup and a half.
How to Make Perfectly Round Cookies
You will need a round cookie cutter (larger than the actual cookie).
This trick only works when the cookies get out of the oven and are still warm.
Simply place the cookie cutter around one of the cookies on the baking sheet. Then, use the cookie cutter to mold the edges of the cookie from uneven to perfectly round, using a swirling motion. Since the cookies are still warm, they’re flexible enough to change shape minimally without breaking.
- These cookies are large and spread quite a bit. Only put up to 4-5 cookies per baking sheet, and keep them spread out. Store the remaining cookie dough in the fridge as each batch bakes.
- The centers may seem underdone, but this is what you want. They will continue to cook and set as they cool.
How to Store Hanukkah Gelt Cookies
Cookies need to be completely cool to the touch before you store them.
Place in an airtight container, and arrange cookies in a single layer. Add a piece of parchment paper or waxed paper between layers. Store at room temperature for up to 5 days. Baked cookies also freeze very well and last up to 3 months.
Freezing cookie dough:
I scoop the cookie dough into two tablespoon-sized scoops and place them on a baking sheet. The cookie dough balls are first frozen in a single layer for at least 30 minutes before being transferred to a freezer-safe bag or a container. Then, when we’re craving cookies, I take the number of cookie dough balls we want from the freezer and place them a few inches apart on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Then bake at 350°F/180°C for about 14-18 minutes or until they start to brown and crisp around the edges.
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Hanukkah Gelt Cookies
- 2 ⅔ cups (370 grams) all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon (10 grams) cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon (5 grams) baking powder
- 1 teaspoon (5 grams) baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 stick+6 tablespoons (200 grams) butter at room temperature
- 3/4 cup (150 grams) granulated sugar
- 1 cup packed (240 grams) dark brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 1 1/2 cups mixed unwrapped chocolate coins and dark chocolate chips
- In a small bowl, sift and mix flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and both sugars on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
- Add vanilla and eggs (one at a time); mix to combine.
- Reduce speed to low and gradually add flour mixture, mixing until just combined. Be sure to scrape the sides of the bowl during mixing. Next, slowly mix in the chocolate.
- Cover the bowl and place it in the refrigerator for a minimum of two hours, up to 12 hours.
- Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C.
- Line two baking trays with parchment paper.
- Using a cookie scoop or two tablespoons, drop heaping portions of dough about 1- inch (2 cm) apart.
- Bake until cookies are golden around the edges but still soft in the center, 8 to 12 minutes.
- Remove from oven, and let cool on the baking sheet 2 to 5 minutes.
- Transfer cookies to a wire rack and let cool completely.