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Bake Holiday Treats!

Hi, CMBC members! 'Tis the season to bake some delicious treats to celebrate the holidays with your family and friends. Below are recipes for savory and sweet Hanukkah and Christmas dishes. Make sure you ask a parent or guardian for help. Happy Holidays!


Many Jewish people make latkes during Hanukkah, also called the Festival of Lights. Latkes are potato pancakes fried in oil. This dish is symbolic of an important event in Jewish history. When the Temple of Jerusalem was rededicated, God miraculously allowed one flask of oil to burn for eight days — the whole ceremonial period!


  • 4 cups potatoes, peeled and grated

  • 1 large onion, finely chopped

  • 2 tablespoons flour

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt

  • 2 eggs

  • Dash of pepper

  • 2 teaspoons chives, chopped


  1. Wash, peel, and grate the potatoes. Be sure to squeeze out all the water.

  2. Combine onion, flour, salt, pepper, and chives together in a large bowl.

  3. Add the grated potatoes and mix well.

  4. Beat the eggs lightly and gradually stir into the mixture.

  5. Heat a small amount of vegetable oil in a skillet.

  6. Drop heaping tablespoons of the potato mixture into the skillet, making medium-sized rounds.

  7. Brown on one side, then flip the latkes and brown the other side. You can serve the latkes with applesauce, cottage cheese, yogurt, or sour cream.

Gingerbread House

Gingerbread houses are a popular Christmas tradition! You can make these gingerbread houses with your friends and family. Be creative and have fun decorating!


  • 1 egg

  • 3/4 cup + 1/8 cup packed brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon allspice

  • 1/2 cup butter

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1/4 cup honey

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

  • 3 tablespoons meringue powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar

  • 1/2 cup warm water

  • Assorted candies for decorating, like gumdrops, candy canes, peppermints, mini marshmallows, M&Ms, sprinkles, etc.

  • Cookie icing (can be whatever color you like)

  • Pre-cut square pieces of cardboard (this will be used to cut out the walls and roof of the house from the cookie dough)


  1. Heat oven to 350°F.

  2. Stir butter, brown sugar, and honey over low heat until melted.

  3. Mix flour, spices, and baking soda into a separate bowl. Add the melted mixture and egg into the flour mixture.

  4. Mix everything and knead it into a ball. Chill dough for 30 minutes.

  5. Roll dough flat until 1/4 inch thick. Take the cardboard pieces, press on the dough, and cut around the edges. Set pieces on a baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes until firm. Let pieces cool.

  6. Mix powdered sugar, meringue powder, cream of tartar, and warm water in a chilled bowl until smooth. Use icing immediately (it dries quickly) as cement to build your house.

  7. Decorate the house with cookie icing and candy.

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