As a reform Jewish boy, there was no excitement like when Hanukkah began. Today I can appreciate the significance of fasting of Yom Kippur and abstaining from bread on Passover, but back then there was just no greater feeling than eight days of presents.
Eight days of presents also meant eight days of desserts. My mother, a veterinarian with a cult following in New York, has a client that brings a tray of rugelach for us to enjoy during Hanukkah every year. These small crescent cookies, an Ashkenazi specialty made with a cream cheese dough for tenderness and tang, are typically filled with chocolate, cinnamon, nuts, or raisins. Flaky and chewy, they’re the perfect dessert to enjoy for eight days straight. ~ Jake Cohen of Saveur
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