Food·Posted on Dec 9, 202020 Hanukkah Recipes That Are Both Festive And DeliciousCrispy latkes, chocolate babka, and slow cooker brisket that basically makes itself.by Hannah LoewentheilBuzzFeed StaffFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink The best thing about any holiday is the food, and Hanukkah is no exception. Here are some exciting and festive recipes — from perfectly crispy latkes to crave-worthy chocolate babka — all to celebrate these ~eight crazy nights.~ 🕯 Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF YouTube / Via youtube.com 1. Slow Cooker Apricot Chicken Dinner Then Dessert / Via dinnerthendessert.com You can find this sweet-meets-savory chicken dish on the table for just about any Jewish holiday. Chicken thighs cook in the slow cooker in a mixture of onion soup mix, apricot preserves, French dressing, and thyme. It's only a few ingredients, but it packs tons of flavor.Recipe: Slow Cooker Apricot Chicken 2. Sweet Potato Latkes The Wimpy Vegetarian / Via thewimpyvegetarian.com Replace Russet potatoes with sweet potatoes for a modern take on classic pan-fried latkes. Recipe: Sweet Potato Latkes 3. Matzo Ball Soup With Chicken Meatballs Foodie Crush / Via foodiecrush.com The ultimate comfort food, matzo ball soup is called Jewish penicillin for a reason. This version calls for homemade chicken meatballs instead of more classic shredded chicken breast. Recipe: Matzo Ball Soup With Chicken Meatballs 4. Sweet Noodle Kugel Muffins Kosher in the Kitch / Via kosherinthekitch.com These sweet and tender egg noodle muffins get their flavor from cinnamon, sugar, applesauce, and pineapple juice. Baked in muffin tins, they're a perfectly shareable appetizer. Recipe: Sweet Noodle Kugel Muffins 5. Easy Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup Salt and Lavendar / Via saltandlavender.com Chicken noodle soup gets a decadent upgrade worthy of the holiday table thanks to a little bit of cream and flour. It's coziness in a single bowl.Recipe: Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup 6. Slow Cooker BBQ Beef Brisket Life in the Lofthouse / Via life-in-the-lofthouse.com The hardest thing about making brisket is having the patience to wait and let it get nice and tender. Thanks to your handy slow cooker, that's easier than ever. Just cover beef brisket in your favorite bottled BBQ sauce and some spices and let dinner cook itself.Recipe: Slow Cooker BBQ Beef Brisket 7. Challah Grilled Cheese The Food Charlatan / Via thefoodcharlatan.com Buttery, eggy, moist challah bread is the perfect vessel for gooey grilled cheese. Try it once, and you'll never go back.Recipe: Challah Grilled Cheese 8. Crispy Potato Latkes With Smoked Salmon Domestic Gothess / Via domesticgothess.com A little dollop of sour cream and a slice of smoked salmon turns your average potato latkes into an elevated, crowd-pleasing appetizer. Make these for Hanukkah...or any day.Recipe: Crispy Potato Latkes With Smoked Salmon 9. Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken Thighs The Food Cafe / Via thefoodcafe.com Crushed tomatoes, pineapple, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, hot sauce, and some spices form a delightfully balanced sauce that's equally sweet and tangy.Recipe: Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken Thighs 10. Beet Latkes with Horseradish Crème Fraîche The View From Great Island / Via theviewfromgreatisland.com You can replace potatoes with just about any shredded veggie to make crispy latkes. In this case, beets give veggie pancakes a bright pop of color and, paired with horseradish crème fraîche, a unique and irresistable flavor.Recipe: Beet Latkes with Horseradish Crème Fraîche 11. Truffle Oil Potato Kugel Coffee and Champagne / Via coffeeandchampagne.com Potato kugel is probably the comfort food you never knew you needed in your life. It's basically a potato and egg noodle casserole, baked with creamy cottage cheese, sour cream, butter, and scallions. If you don't have truffle olive oil, don't worry: it will still taste incredible.Recipe: Truffle Oil Potato Kugel 12. Roasted Tomato Soup with Ricotta Matzo Balls Little Ferraro Kitchen / Via littleferrarokitchen.com While not necessarily traditional, these fluffy ricotta matzo balls in tomato-based broth tastes almost like matzo ball soup and lasagna soup had a baby.Recipe: Roasted Tomato Soup with Ricotta Matzo Balls 13. Pizza Latkes My Name is Yeh / Via mynameisyeh.com I'm just wondering why didn't I think of this sooner...Recipe: Pizza Latkes 14. Jewish-Style Fried Artichokes Italian Food Forever / Via italianfoodforever.com Perhaps the most delicious way to eat artichokes, the hearts are deep fried until crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, then they're drizzled with salt and lemon juice.Recipe: Jewish-Style Fried Artichokes 15. Homemade Challah Bread House of Nash Eats / Via houseofnasheats.com Challah bread is easily one of the most wonderful things on the planet. Enriched with eggs and olive oil, it's light and moist, yet rich and buttery at the same time. Plus, you get to make French toast with the leftovers.Recipe: Homemade Challah Bread 16. Chocolate Babka Baking a Moment / Via bakingamoment.com Making babka from scratch requires some time and effort, but if you're looking for a baking project to keep you busy and yield incredible results, this is the one. It's soft brioche bread filled with dark chocolate swirls, all topped with chocolate streusel crumble. Recipe: Chocolate Babka 17. Jelly Donuts (Sufganiyot) Pretty Simple Sweet / Via prettysimplesweet.com The Israeli take on deep-fried donuts called sufganiyot are filled with sweet jelly and dusted with powdered sugar. You'll want these on your holiday table.Recipe: Jelly Donuts (Sufganiyot) 18. Marshmallow Dreidels The Domestic Rebel / Via thedomesticrebel.com An adorable, edible project to make with kids, these tasty chocolate and marshmallow dreidels call for just five ingredients.Recipe: Marshmallow Dreidels 19. Apple Bundt Cake I am Baker / Via iambaker.net Grab some Granny Smiths from your local farmer's market and turn them into a seasonal bundt cake. Recipe: Apple Bundt Cake 20. Homemade Rugelach Sally's Baking Addiction / Via sallysbakingaddiction.com You can make rugelach with anything from raspberry jam to melted chocolate, but this recipe calls for a simple cinnamon sugar filling. Oh, and these homemade cookies are easy enough for even novice bakers.Recipe: Homemade Rugelach What are you making for Hanukkah this year? Share in the comments below!