Hanukkah Begins Tonight: Top Five Treats

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Hanukkah begins at sundown tonight - are you celebrating Hanukkah this year? The Festival of Lights goes on for eight days, and this celebration of light and rededication is a wonderful excuse to eat lots of fried food. The photo is of Honey-Glazed Doughnuts With Raisins And Pine Nuts - an old Sephardic recipe.

Oil and dairy are traditionally a big part of Hanukkah food, and below are five of our favorites.

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1. Potato Latkes - Potato pancakes - fried in plenty of oil. Who doesn't love them? Here are Potato Latkes With Smoked Salmon, Caviar, And Tarragon Creme Fraiche from Bon Appetit, and if you want more options, here is a MASSIVE collection of latke recipes.

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2. Kugel - Also made with potatoes, kugel is a very traditional Old-World food. Here's a recipe from Williams-Sonoma's Hanukkah menu.

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3. Doughnuts - Sufganiyot, or fried and jelly-filled doughnuts, are everywhere at Hanukkah. We will take any excuse to eat doughnuts. Here's a recipe for traditional jelly doughnuts and another for Cinnamon Doughnuts with Raspberry Jam. Also check out those chocolate ones from last week.

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4. Hanukkah Dreidel Cookies - These cookies are sweet, cute, and full of rich dairy.

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5. Chocolate Coins - These are a very traditional treat for children. You can order them here.

What are your favorite Hanukkah foods and traditions? Are you planning a special meal for tonight?

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.