Sukkot and Simchat Torah Cookies

The September 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Mandy of “What the Fruitcake?!” Mandy challenged everyone to make Decorated Sugar Cookies based on recipes from Peggy Porschen and The Joy of Baking.

The theme for this month’s challenge is September. This September, for me, has been all about the Jewish High Holidays. I did not have cookie cutters for etrogim, lulavim, or Simchat Torah flags, so I cut freehand.

I baked lollipop sticks into rectangular cookies to make Simchat Torah flags. I did not get a large yield of cookies because I made them large and thick so that they would grip the lollipop sticks well.

I did not feel like piping and flooding in multiple colors–just the thought made me feel tired. Instead, I spread the royal icing on the cookies with an offset spatula. I iced all in white, except for the etrogim and the lulavim (which ended up looking too much like pineapples, sigh . . .). For detail, I used Wilton food color markers.

I thought this would be a fun craft project for the kids, so I left most of the cookies blank for my kids to color in with the food color markers.

My son loved coloring the flags. I would definitely do this again as a craft project with kids.

One more thing: here is someone who is really creative with the food coloring pens on cookies!

7 Responses to “Sukkot and Simchat Torah Cookies”

  1. shoshana Says:

    I love these! The etrogim look great. I have some leftover royal icing from making candy sukkot so this might be the perfect simchat torah project to do with my son. Thanks for the inspiration as always.

    • pragmaticattic Says:

      Thanks, Shoshana!

      Ooh, I can’t wait to see those candy sukkot! I was tempted to make a sukkah with squares of baked cookies and royal icing, but I lost my momentum.

      This was super easy and lots of fun. And kids love cookies on sticks.

  2. lisamichele Says:

    What a fantastic idea for the decorated cookies! How could I not think of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur when thinking of September? A belated Shana Tova and Happy New Year!! The cookies turned out beautiful!!

  3. Dvora Says:

    Wow! I was Googling for Torah cookies, and I wound up here. Thanks so much for the shout out! That was really exciting. Don’t know how I missed it before. I love your cookies, especially that you had your kids color some of the flags. My seven-year-old would be green with envy. Here’s a question: did you have to do anything to the sticks? Are they just ordinary lollipop sticks? How do they not burn or color? I actually need to do this for this weekend!

    • pragmaticattic Says:

      Hi, Dvora! And Thanks! Here is the deal with the sticks: you can use regular lollipop sticks, and, no they won’t burn. The really tricky thing is getting them to stay in the cookie dough. For Chanuka one year I made cookies on sticks, then wrapped them in plastic treat bags, tied them with ribbons, and stuck them in a styrofoam ball that I put in a white metal container. It made a pretty centerpiece (kind of a cookie topiary), but some of the cookie pops came loose from the sticks. Lesson learned was too make sure that the dough is nice and thick and that there is dough all around the stick. The alternative with thin cookies is to sandwich them together and glue in the pop sticks with royal icing. But it is easier to make the cookies thick and really bury the sticks in the dough. You are very talented–I’m sure that you will figure out a better method than mine!

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