No matter what holiday you celebrate this season, there’s no question that you want to get the kids away from the kitchen as possible while you cook, and keep them occupied. As you saw in our kid-friendly Thanksgiving desserts post it’s easy to keep the kids out of your hair with desserts they can decorate and make themselves.

These Hanukkah desserts are just what you’ll need to avoid eight crazy nights of screaming children. Dreidels, menorah cupcakes and monkey bread will help keep you sane in the upcoming week of relatives, last-minute gifts and frantic grocery store runs.


  • 1 cup milk chocolate morsels
  • 1 tsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 10-oz. bag of jumbo marshmallows
  • 1 16-oz. bag pretzel sticks
  • 1 12-oz. bag of Hershey’s kisses
  • 1 tube of white cake writing

Melt chocolate morsels in microwave with vegetable oil for 1 minute on high or until smooth.

Place pretzel stick inside marshmallow. Stick the back of a Hershey kiss on the other end of the marshmallow. Coat the marshmallow and kiss with melted chocolate. Place on parchment paper in refrigerator for 15 minutes to harden. Decorate with white cake writing.

Menorah cupcakes

  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • 1 can of vanilla frosting
  • blue food coloring
  • 1 bag of Twix bars
  • 1 tube of yellow cake writing

Place cupcake holders in muffin pan. Follow directors for cake mix on the box, distribute batter to cupcake holders and bake.

Mix vanilla icing with a few drops of blue food dye. Frost cupcakes. Place one Twix bar in the middle of each cupcake. Dot the top of the Twix bar with yellow cake writing.

Monkey bread
Yields enough bread 1 large mason jar

  • 5 refrigerated Pillsbury Grands Biscuits, cut into quarters
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray mason jar with cooking spray. Place into a tray to catch any excess mixture that might overflow.

Whisk sugar, brown sugar and cinnamon. Cut biscuits pieces, and toss into sugar mixture. Place coated pieces in jar, adding extra sugar mixture throughout. Fill 3/4 of the jar.

Bake for approximately 20-25 minutes until monkey bread has risen and is golden and bubbly. Allow jars to cool.

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