Hanukkah Desserts to Celebrate the Holiday in Westchester

Pick up homemade Hanukkah desserts like babka, sufganiyot, rugelach, and more tasty treats from Westchester County's top bakeries.

Look no further for sugar and spice come this Festival of Lights to sweeten the finale of 2023. This year, we’re rounding up the Hanukkah desserts you can order at some of the county’s better bakeries. From house-made sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts the Jewish way) to your favorite rugelach, cookies, and decorative cakes, there’s a festive baked good for everyone’s sweet tooth.

Assorted Cookie Platter

Baked by Susan

Croton-on-Hudson; bakedbysusan.com

The holidays and cookie platters go together like a pastry chef and butter. Cookies can be made gluten-free and/or vegan for special diets at this from-scratch bakery. While picking up your crowd-pleasing Hanukkah treats, including rugelach and macaroons, don’t miss out on a house-made empanada and a cup of local Black Cow coffee.

 

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Challah

By the Way Bakery

Hastings-on-Hudson; btwbakery.com

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By the Way Bakery’s challah | Photo by Chloe Giroux
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Sufganiyot from By the Way Bakery | Photo by Nick Tarricone

Make this gluten- and dairy-free bakery’s rich, springy-textured, and just-a-bit-sweet challah part of your holiday tradition. For something higher on the sweetness scale, order a sufganiyot (a traditional Hanukkah jelly doughnut), batch of bestselling Star of David cookies, or a Hanukkah sprinkle cake. Attorney-turned-bakery owner Helene Godin ensures that all baked goods are kosher pareve, supervised by OK Kosher Certification.

White Plains Bake Shoppe

White Plains; whiteplainsbakeshoppe.com

This kosher bakery has been a Westchester favorite for more than a decade, serving both dairy and pareve baked goods under rabbinical supervision. Choose from either a plain challah roll or a variety of braided challah loaves like raisin, poppy seed, and sesame, which can be ordered by the dozen. Also available are Sarah Bernhardts and an assortment of cakes and cookies.

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Macaroons

Susan Lawrence

Chappaqua; susanlawrence.com

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Photo by Mark Kramer Copper Kitchen Studio

This gourmet gem could be your one-stop shop for everything Hanukkah, yet it also has options for gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegetarian guests. Baked goods include the gorgeous Hanukkah chocolate layer cake, dreidel butter cookies, babka, and outstanding chocolate-dipped macaroons. For dinner, pick up “our mother’s chopped liver,” matzo ball soup, pot roast, stuffed cabbage, kugel, and more. Place your orders by December 4.

La Tulipe Desserts

Mount Kisco; latulipedesserts.com

Patissier Maarten Steenman opened La Tulipe in 1999 after graduating from the Dutch Culinary School for patisserie and traveling through Europe perfecting his craft. The bakery has been an elegant staple of Westchester for nearly 23 years and, this holiday season, Steeman is serving French apple tart with thinly sliced apple and almond pastry cream, traditional coconut macaroons, and a few more cake options. Call to order at least a week in advance.

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Sufganiyot

Martine’s Fine Bake Shoppe

Scarsdale; https://www.martinesfinebakeshoppe.com/

Martine’s is fully stocked with all the Hanukkah desserts you’ll need. This includes eight flavors of sufganiyot: jelly, vanilla rainbow, chocolate Nutella, strawberry cream, chocolate caramel banana, cookies and cream, lemon passion meringue, and pistachio.

Babka

Martine’s Fine Bake Shoppe

Scarsdale; https://www.martinesfinebakeshoppe.com/ 

Everything from this bakery is passionately crafted and fresh, including its appetizing lineup of babka. Martine’s sells customer-favorite chocolate babka, cinnamon-nut babka, and Nutella hazelnut babka.

Sarah Bernhardts

Lulu Cake Boutique

Scarsdale; everythinglulu.com

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Sarah Bernhardts from Lulu Cake Boutique | Photo by Jason Wyche

When Jay Muse opened LuLu Cake Boutique, he inherited not only a bakery from the previous owners of the space, but the original Sarah Bernhardt recipe. This delicious crunchy almond macaron cookie topped with rich creamy chocolate comes to life every holiday at the kosher bakery.

Rugelach

Epstein’s of Hartsdale

Hartsdale; epsteinsdeli.com

Epstein’s has been a kosher institution in Hartsdale since 1949. Call to order Epstein’s assorted tray of cookies and rugelach sprinkled with powdered sugar. This year, Epstein’s is also offering a full Hanukkah dinner menu, which can be ordered with an appetizer, entrée, and dessert, or a la carte.

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