Pudding “Coke”

This adorable snack is loads of fun to create. It is both delightful to look at and delicious to eat.  There’s no secret recipe for this “coke”, so get the kids in the kitchen and let the fun begin.

Coke Glasses


  • Chocolate pudding
  • Glasses or hard plastic cups (coke glasses  available at Dollar Tree -2 for a dollar)
  • Straw
  • Whipping Topping
  • Pastry bag or Freezer Ziploc
  • Star tip


  1. Make chocolate pudding following directions on package.
  2. Pour the pudding into the cups and allow to set while preparing whipping cream.
  3. Prepare pastry bag with tip.
  4. Swirl whipping cream starting from the outer rim using circular motion forming  peak at the center.
  5. Place straw in “Coke”.

Recipe for Whipping Cream


  • 8 ounces whip topping
  • 4 TBSP confectioners sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Beat whip cream till stiff.
  2.  Add confectioners sugar and vanilla extract. Beat for 30 seconds till combined.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ever since I got this recipe from my sister-in-law, some 15 years ago, I have never bothered making any other recipe for Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies. This recipe is very simple -my kids have been making them since they were young.  Additionally, they freeze beautifully  – always handy for snacks and unannounced guests! This is one recipe my family has never  gotten bored of (fortunately and unfortunately)!

For those who like to bake healthier , the regular flour can be replaced with whole wheat flour. I gave this recipe to my friends who switched it – her kids have never caught on (I hope they’re not reading this post!) So enjoy making them… again… and again…. and again…


  • 2 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1 cup + 2 Tbs sugar
  • 1 cup + 2 Tbs brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp water
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 cups quick oats
  • 1/2  bag chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  3. Combine all the ingredients, besides for the chocolate chips in the bowl of your mixer and mix well. Add chocolate chips and mix until combined.
  4. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto cookie sheets,1 1/2″ apart.
  5. Bake 12-13 minutes.Do not over-bake.


Sesame Pretzel Rolls

Just last week I made this recipe for these pretzel rolls, and.. they really taste like pretzels…..regular standard pretzels, but with a chewy, appealing texture – my children were eating them, literally out of the oven! So if you like pretzels, and you’re looking for an idea to shake things up a bit with your typical breads, this simple idea is for you. You can eat them plain or as bread for a sandwich, either way for best results serve them warm.


  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 3/4 Tbsp dry yeast
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 4 1/2 cups unbleached flour
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1 egg


Place the yeast,water and sugar in the bowl of your mixer and wait for the yeast  to bubble.Add the flour,salt and oil and mix well until a dough forms.Cover the dough and  rise for one hour.

Divide the dough into 10-12 pieces and roll them into balls.Place the balls on a lined cookie sheets, cover and allow to rise for another half hour.

Preheat oven to 425°F. In a large pot, bring 4 quarts of water to a low boil. Remove from heat and slowly add the baking soda .Place the pot back on heat and simmer.

Place 3-4 of the rolls at a time into the pot. Poach for 30 seconds and then carefully turn the roll over and poach for another 30 seconds. Remove with a slotted spoon and put them back on the cookie sheet. Repeat with the remaining rolls.

Using a pastry brush, brush each roll with the beaten egg, making sure to coat all sides completely & then prinkle each roll with sesame seeds. Using a sharp straight edged knife, cut an “X” shape in the top of each roll. Bake the rolls in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes. Serve warm!




Edible Jello Menorah

Here’s another idea for these sleek looking shot glasses that I used to create the pearl hanukkah-candy-menorah/ . As with the candies, they create simple, yet striking (and certainly sweet) centerpieces for your Chanukah parties!

Striped Jello Menorah

With a couple of simple steps you can create eye-catching striped jello “candles”. You’ll find that not only are the results a conversation piece, but each step fun and intriguing as you add each layer one by one. For best results use Kolatin® Jello, as it congeals a perfect texture for the tilts. Additionally its colors will not “bleed” one into the other.  When purchasing the shot glasses, stick with something simple. The simpler the glass, the more dramatic the projects will look.

I am honored to have been asked to join the 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.


  • 1 box lime Kolatin® Jello
  • 1 box raspberry or strawberry Kolatin® Jello

(I added in a couple of drops of blue food coloring to make a purple color.)

  • 1 box orange Kolatin® Jello
  • cupcake tray
  • 9 shot glasses
  • glass tea light holder
  • narrow tray (optional)


Make the first color jello following directions on the box. Pour first layer of jello into your glasses filling it approximately a third of the way. Once each glass is filled evenly, it’s time to tilt your glasses. Place  glasses  in a cupcake pan being careful that each jello is tilted in the same direction and angle.

Place jellos inside refrigerator and allow to jell.  Repeat step one using a new flavor of jello and adjusting the tilt of each jello in your cupcake pan accordingly.

Make your last layer using new flavor of jello and refrigerate in an upright position.

To assemble the Menorah:

Line up all the shot glasses in a neat row (place on tray if desired). For the “Shamash”, raise the center glass by placing it on a glass tea light holder (turned upside down).

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  • 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)
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Stop by the other blogs and check out these Chanukah Themed Recipes:
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

Spin-Art Dreidel

Here is a fantastic idea for the children to make and use at a Hanukkah party.This will remind you of Spin-Art  It’s very simple to make ,and it will put to good use all of those old CD’s laying around.


  • CD
  • Crayola marker or comparable size
  • Glue gun
  • Stickers, rhinestones (optional)


  1. Decorate CD with stickers and rhinestones (optional).
  2. Place marker in hole of the CD. Hold in place with hot glue gun.
  3. Cover the table with oak tags,shelving paper or butcher paper and let the fun begin!

Watch your marker twirl and spin, as it creates fun and original designs.

Looking to add to this activity.. go to  http://omgdesign.weebly.com/free-printables.html   to print out free CD cover templates.



You’ll be amazed how this dreidel can spin!

Though not the toy for a game of Dreidel to compete-

You’ll have a blast making it, and it’s fun to eat!


10 Gum Drops, Dots, or Licorice Nibs

21 Toothpicks


Construct two squares, using four candies and four toothpicks for each square.

Attach the two squares with four additional toothpicks to form a cube.

To construct top of dreidel, break four toothpicks down to ¾ of its original size, and form an “X” with a gumdrop at its center, then stick toothpick for spinning in the center and attach to the cube.

To create bottom of Dreidel , stick toothpicks into all four bottom gumdrops on an angle. Stick the opposite end all four toothpicks in a single gumdrop, creating a triangle.

(Tip:  To make this activity challenging, distribute the 21 toothpicks and 10 gumdrops to each of the children (or adults), and see who can figure this Dreidel out without reading the directions.)

Have Fun!!

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Napkin Coat

My sister in Israel is always trying to bring the weekly Parsha “home”. Each week she makes an effort to include some food or décor to her Shabbat table that her children can connect to the Parsha. This is one of her favorites. All it takes is a striped napkin, a couple of folds and snips, and you have a colorful “Joseph’s coat” napkin to grace your Shabbat table.


  • Striped colorful napkins
  • Scissors


Start by taking each side of your napkin and folding it to the center.

Fold the napkin in half again.

Cut the arms by making a  small semi circle shape on the side of the napkin(not on the fold side)and cut a quarter of a circle at the top to create the neckline(on the fold side).

Use a marker to make “buttons”.

So easy and so cute!

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Hanukkah Candy Menorah

I found these sleek looking shot glasses in a number of discount stores. Lined up neatly, they can create a simple, yet striking (and certainly sweet) centerpieces for your Hanukkah party.When purchasing the shot glasses, stick with something simple. The simpler the glass, the more dramatic the projects will look.

Candy Menorah

The pearl candies used in this Menorah come in a large variety of colors. Color coordinate your “Menorah” to match your partys’ color scheme.



1.Layer candy pearls in shot glasses.

2.Using kitchen shears, cut a flame shape out of the fruit slices.

3.Place flames on toothpicks and insert into the candy pearls.

4.Line up all the shot glasses in a neat row (place on tray if desired)For the “Shamash”, raise the center glass by placing it on a glass tea light holder (turned upside down).

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Hanukkah Donut Pops

Hanukkah Donut Pops

This is a Hanukkah variation of cake pops. Purchase unglazed donuts pre ordered from a local donut shop or you can make them on your own using a Mini Doughnut Maker
(I prefer to make them on my own, this way I avoid some of the excesses oil donuts are notorious for). Decorate them with the icings and toppings listed below, wrap them in a clear cellophane paper and ribbons, and  you can create a memorable Hanukkah party favor for everyone to enjoy.


  • Mini donuts
  • Lolly-pop sticks
  • Cellophane bags
  • Ribbon

Recipe for Donuts (using a donut machine)

Yields: Approximately 24 mini donuts

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 TBSP baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk or juice
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla sugar
  • 1/4 cup oil


  1. Place ingredients in the bowl of your mixer.
  2. Mix until combined.
  3. Preheat donut machine for about 5 minutes.
  4. Spray the cavities lightly with baking spray.
  5. Pour batter into each cavity-do not overfill.
  6. Close the machine and bake for about 3 minutes. Donuts should be golden color when ready.
  7. Repeat until batter is used up.

Donut Decorating Ideas:

  • Cookie dip (available in baking supply stores)
  •  Chocolate,candy melts
  •  Confectioners sugar

I prefer to use cookie dip or melted chocolate (as opposed to an icing). They are less likely to smear on the cellophane bag.


  • Colorful sprinkles
  • Confetti sprinkles
  • Colored sparkling sugar
  • Chocolate,caramel or nougat chips
  • Candy pearls
  • Chopped nuts
  • Toasted shredded coconut

After the donuts are ready,stick the lolly-pop sticks in.You may want to dip the end of the stick into chocolate first; this will help the stick stay in the donut and not fall out. Place each donut in a cellophane bag and tie it with a ribbon.

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