34 Jewish Desserts You Can Definitely Try (Easy + Recipes)

Jewish cuisine is rich in fresh agricultural produce and different local cultures that the Jewish people have settled in. And their cooking culture has evolved over many centuries, and you can be sure to get the best when you eat Jewish food.

The evolution of Jewish cuisine over the centuries through many different local cultures has gifted us with many appetizing and mouth-watering desserts that are delicious and healthy. As a result, there are practically different desserts for different occasions.

Jewish Hamantaschen cookies

This variety is perfect because you can always enjoy different desserts at different times, and it can never get boring. If you are just new to the world of Jewish desserts, many recipes will blow your mind.

This article will take you through a list of delicious, appetizing, mouthwatering, healthy, and classic dessert options that you could pick from. And do not be shy or afraid to try these recipes; you will be glad you found them when you try them out.

Jewish Desserts

Halva

Mandel Bread

Lekach (Honey Bread)

Chocolate Babka

Tzimmes Cake

Candy Dreidels

Jewish Apple Cake

Egg Kichel

Dreidel Surprise Cake

Chocolate Toffee Matzo Crack

Tahini Cookies

Jewish Pastries Recipes

Rugelach

Apricot Hamantaschen

Chocolate-Filled Hamantaschen

Kokosh

Jewish Baked Goods

Jewish Coffee Cake

Chocolate Challah Bread

Jewish Flodni Cake

Kubaneh

Torah Cannoli

Jewish Holiday Desserts

Salted Caramel-Chocolate Matzo

Coconut-Almond Thumbprint Macaroons

Banana-Coconut Pudding

Cheesecake Brownies

Apple and Honey Challah

Apple Pomegranate Galette

Hanukkah Gelt Cookies

Jewish Desserts For Passover

Jewish Linzer Torte

Chocolate Coconut Cake

Carrot-Apple Bread

Almond Flour Pancakes

Blender Banana Icecream

Passover Pecan Bars

Israeli Desserts Recipes

Malabi Pudding

Israeli Cheesecake

Spiced Israeli Honey Date Cake

Jewish Desserts

1. Halva

 

If you are looking for a dense, rich dessert that is satisfying, delicious, energy-giving, and healthy, you need to look at the recipe for this dessert snack. Halva is a sweet dessert of Middle Eastern origins, usually used as a fun topping dessert.

Halva is versatile and can be made into many shapes with different flavors. It is mostly used for desserts, but it can also serve as a snack or breakfast option. The ingredients for this tahini halva include tahini paste, dry milk, vanilla extract, confectioner’s sugar, and nuts if you love them.

There are many variations to this sweet delicious snack, and all of them are appetizing; however, if you desire halva with a low amount of sugar, the best way is to prepare it yourself. When you prepare it yourself, you get to control the amount of sugar or other ingredients.

2. Mandel Bread

 

Mandel bread is a classic Jewish cookie that is soft, crunchy, and perfect for dessert. These chocolate chip cookies are usually baked twice so that they can be crispy and crunchy. They have a long shelf life because baking them twice takes moisture out of them.

The Jews in Eastern Europe usually enjoy these cookies by dipping them into a cup of tea or coffee. The recipe for this Mandel bread is simple to prepare. They are delicious; you only need eggs, pure vanilla extract, all-purpose flour, baking powder, semi-sweet chocolate chips, ground cinnamon, granulated sugar, and vegetable oil.

If you do not love chocolate, you can always substitute the chocolate chips for candied fruits or chopped nuts. 

3. Lekach (Honey Bread)

 

Lekach, also known as honey bread, is a dessert mostly served during the Jewish New year celebration of Rosh Hashanah. The honey in the cake is meant to symbolize the hope for a sweet new year. This honey is perfect and delicious, and it is filled with spices.

The cake is moist, plush, and soft, with a light crispy nature on the outer parts. This cake is a crowd-pleaser, and you will certainly win the hearts of many people, especially those who love honey. The ingredients for this cake include all-purpose flour, baking powder, ground allspice, cinnamon, vanilla extract, honey, sugar, rye, sliced almonds, and eggs.

4. Chocolate Babka

 

If you are hoping to prepare any Jewish recipe to impress your Jewish friends or family, this chocolate Babka might help you achieve that. This sweet bread is filled with ingredients like raspberry and chunks of white chocolate.

Babka bread is mostly plaited before it is baked; then, it is enriched and sweetened with hazelnut filling and chocolate. To get a nice fluffy texture from the bread, you need to make the dough the previous day and let it sit in the fridge the whole night.

Also, you would have to pour some syrup on the cake after taking it out of the oven; this will make the bread maintain some freshness for some days. The ingredients for this bread include yeast, white bread flour, egg, caster sugar, milk, unsalted butter, raspberry jam, white chocolate chunks, and honey.

This Chocolate babka is irresistible and delicious; you definitely need to add this to your list of Jewish desserts.

5. Tzimme’s Cake

When you think of a healthy cake, Tzimme’s cake answers your prayers. This traditional sweet and delicious Jewish cake usually includes carrots, vegetables, dried fruits like raisins and prunes. This recipe also requires you to simmer the cake over low heat for a good amount of time.

You can sweeten this cake with sugar or honey, and it is usually served as dessert on occasions like Hanukkah, Passover, or Rosh Hashanah. The ingredients for this cake might vary from one recipe to another. Although the standard ingredients are honey and carrots, you can sometimes find other ingredients like sweet potato, apricots, raisins, butternut squash, orange juice, nutmeg, maple syrup, and broth.

This recipe makes cakelet Tzimme’s, this way, you can make avoid making more than enough Tzimmes cakes, and you can also easily serve these cakelets as snacks.

6. Candy Dreidels

 

These candy dreidels are perfect for desserts when you have many kids around, trust me, they will enjoy these candies. If you are serving these candies during a Jewish celebration or holiday, it is a lovely way to put the kids in the spirit of the celebration.

These candy dreidels are made with marshmallows, Nutella, and pretzels, and the candies are also coated and covered with sprinkles. They are a lovely sight to behold, and they are also delicious and irresistible to kids. It takes you roughly thirty minutes to prepare these exciting candy dreidels.

7. Jewish Apple Cake

 

If you are familiar with Jewish dessert recipes, you will agree that this apple cake is one of the most popular Jewish desserts. First of all, apples are very popular, and the recipe is very simple to prepare. This cake is moist, dense, and it is studded with cinnamon-sugar-coated apples.

It is a perfect dessert for any holiday; it is smooth, moist, and a crowd-pleaser. It will be nice to use fresh and ripe apples to make the cake taste more delicious. The ingredients for this recipe include eggs, vanilla extra, chopped apples, baking powder, all-purpose flour, and orange juice.

8. Egg Kichel

 

Egg Kichel is a popular cookie or sweet cracker made with eggs, sugar, and flour. These ingredients are mixed and rolled, and then they are cut into bowtie shapes. They are weightless cookies, and because of this, the recipe is also known as nothings.

If you have some Jewish friends or family members, you can impress them with these little cute cookies. It takes you about an hour to prepare this recipe.

9. Chocolate Toffee Matzo Crack

 

If you are observant, you will notice that most of these Jewish dessert and pastry recipes use chocolate. This chocolate toffee Matzo cake is one of them, and they are amazing and delicious. This chocolate dish is flaky and crispy, and it is topped with buttery toffee, nuts, and melted chocolate.

The sight of this snack is irresistible, especially if you love chocolate. These toffees are addictive, and that is why it is called crack. It would be a perfect dessert to serve during Passover.

10. Tahini Cookies

 

If you are thinking of adding a healthy dessert option to your list, you might want to consider these delicious and healthy cookies. Tahini cookies are healthier than most cookies, and they are made with chopped dates, oats, ground flax, and tahini which is the special ingredient.

These tahini cookies are soft and chewy on the inside and are crunchy on the outside. One amazing thing is the balance between the sweet and salty flavor of the cookies gotten from maple syrup and sea salt. If you like granola, you might love these cookies because they taste.

Jewish Pastries Recipes

11. Rugelach

 

Rugelach is a Jewish pastry with fillings, and it is prevalent in most cafes and bakeries worldwide. The word Rugelach means little twists, so the dough for this pastry is rolled into the shape of a crescent.

There are a variety of ingredients that you can use as fillings for this pastry. These cookies are popular in every Jewish gathering. So if you are hosting some Jewish friends or have been invited for a Jewish potluck, you can consider taking these cookies with you.

12. Apricot Hamantaschen

 

If you have been looking for a way to use your apricots, this delicious and simple recipe will definitely come in handy. These apricot cookies are like glistening fruit pies in the form of cookies. The good thing about using apricot butter for this recipe is that the apricot filling is thick, making it easier to work with.

And you can comfortably prepare this apricot butter at home without having to run to the supermarket. All you need to do is simmer and mash the apricot to produce a smooth puree that will be thick and perfect for your cookies.

This apricot filling is easy to make, and it will give your cookies a succulent and slightly tart flavor. The other few ingredients that you need are orange juice, lime juice, salt, sugar, and water.

13. Chocolate-Filled Hamantaschen

 

These chocolate-filled cookies are similar to the apricot cookies above, but these are for chocolate lovers. Also, it is always beautiful to have a variety of pastries and desserts to pick from. This chocolate-filled pastry is a perfect option for occasions where you have many children; kids love them.

This cookie has a rich deep chocolate flavor with a vanilla scent, and they are buttery. These chocolate-filled cookies are easy to make. However, you need to plan ahead of time to prepare the dough and let it sit in the fridge for a while.

The ingredients for these cookies include unsweetened chocolate, unsalted butter, vanilla extract, eggs, all-purpose flour, baking powder, and sugar.

14. Kokosh

 

Kokosh cake is similar to babka but with some differences. This cake is flatter, denser, gooier, richer with more chocolate than babka cake. Also, kokosh is not plaited like babka and doesn’t have streusels sprinkled on top.

Traditionally kokosh has a chocolate filling, but you can be creative and add any other filling that you prefer. You might add this cake to your list of desserts when you discover how awesome it is. It takes you about fifty minutes to make this chocolatey cake.

Jewish Baked Goods

15. Jewish Coffee Cake

 

This Jewish coffee cake is one excellent baked good that you will mostly find in Jewish homes. This cake is moist and tender and is mostly used for desserts, breakfast, and tea. Surprisingly this cake is easy to make and does not require any special ingredients.

All you need are milk, eggs, vanilla, flour, baking powder, kosher salt, cinnamon, and sugar. You can decide to top this cake with nuts, but it is optional.

16. Chocolate Challah Bread

 

Chocolate Challah bread stands in the middle between babka and Challah.  This bread is a sweet and perfect treat for desserts on special occasions, and trust me, your kids will love it. The bread is soft, with a lovely chocolate flavor, and it even tastes better when you make it at home.

Apart from dessert, you can serve this delicious bread for breakfast. The ingredients for this bread include all-purpose flour, cocoa powder, honey, vanilla, yeast, canola oil, sugar, salt, and eggs. You never know this might become your favorite dessert cake option.

17. Jewish Flodni Cake

 

This is a traditional Jewish dessert that originates from Hungarian-Jewish backgrounds. Flodni cake is a layered cake with plum jam, apple, walnut, and poppyseed fillings. The dough for this cake is made with ingredients like eggs, yolks, white wine, sugar, flour, salt, and butter.

The fillings are frequently enriched with cinnamon, lemon juice, honey, white wine, and cloves. This cake is amazing and boasts of different flavors; you should give it a try.

18. Kubaneh

 

Kubaneh is a traditional Jewish bread that originates from Yamen. This bread is traditionally cooked on Friday in the residual heat of the hearth and eaten on Shabat morning. This bread has a rich dough that is enriched with butter after the first rise.

This addition of butter gives it a feathery-soft texture that is perfect for tearing and dipping. Kubaneh needs more time and patience as you make it compared to other bread recipes. But the buttery and soft texture of the bread is worth the time and energy.

19. Torah Cannoli

 

Apart from their cuteness, these little baked goods are delicious and exciting to kids. Torah Cannolis are made in honor of the Jewish celebration of Shavuot. Cannoli wrappers are glued together to look like Torah scrolls.

The cannoli wrappers are filled with cream cheese mousse, making it more kids friendly. The ingredients for this recipe include cannoli wafer rolls, ricotta cheese, vanilla bean paste, orange or lemon zest, mini chocolate chips, melted chocolate, and powdered sugar. You will impress your kids anytime with these.

Jewish Holiday Desserts

20. Salted Caramel-Chocolate Matzo

 

This holiday dessert is made up of a combination of crunchy cracker, decadent caramel, chewy, and melty rich chocolate. And you can top the cracker and chocolate with salted dates to keep things delicious and healthy.

This is a light dessert option to add to your list of Hanukkah holiday desserts. The name of this dessert might sound complicated, but it is effortless to make; it takes you only twenty minutes to make them. The ingredients include sheet matzos, dark chocolate, Medjool dates, lemon juice, coconut oil, and any desired topping like almonds, cranberries, and pistachio.

21. Coconut-Almond Thumbprint Macaroons

 

There are many healthy dessert options that you can eat as much as you want without feeling guilty. These sweet and chewy coconut macaroons are perfect for the Passover holiday. Kids love these macaroons, and they are surprisingly easy to make.

They have a rich flavor that makes them irresistible; the almond flour used in this recipe contributes greatly to the awesome flavor. The ingredients for this recipe include egg whites, sweetened shredded coconut, almond extract, milk chocolate, almonds, and almond paste.

22. Banana-Coconut Pudding

 

If you are looking for a healthy, satisfying, and delicious dessert, this pudding recipe will be perfect for the occasion. The combination of banana and coconut gives you an amazing flavor, and the pudding is smooth, making you crave more.

It takes you less than ten minutes to prepare this pudding, and you need only a few ingredients. This recipe requires ripe bananas, coconut milk, gelatin, lemon juice, vanilla extract, and salt.

23. Cheesecake Brownies

 

These mouthwatering cheesecake brownies are made up of a rich and fudgy chocolate brownie. The fudgy chocolate brownie has a layer of cream cheese as its topping. This rich and delicious dessert is quite easy to prepare and does not require a lot of steps.

The intense chocolate flavor of this snack is gotten from the mixture of baking chocolate and cocoa powder. And you need to use only a little amount of flour to ensure that the brownies end up dense and fudgy.

And the best part about these brownies is that you do not have to use any artificial flavors; everything is natural. The ingredients for these brownies include chocolate, butter, pure vanilla extract, eggs, cocoa powder, cheesecake batter, flour, and sugar.

24. Apple and Honey Challah

 

This apple and honey Challah recipe will have your friends and guest calling you for the secret recipe. This bread is a perfect option for the Rosh Hashanah holiday. This bread is moist, light, and very fluffy, and you will eat more than you expected.

Making this recipe at home is amazing because you will have fresh bread, and the sweet aroma of apple and cinnamon will fill your house. The ingredients for this recipe include dried apple rings, eggs, honey, flour, yeast, sugar, cinnamon, and sesame seeds.

This recipe also gives you some steps and guidance on how to braid a round Challah, so you do not have any reason not to try out this recipe.

25. Apple Pomegranate Galette

 

There are many awesome ways to enjoy your apples, and this apple pomegranate galette is one of those ways. This exciting and refreshing recipe will definitely excite your Jewish friends and guests. This apple and honey tart is much simpler than an apple pie recipe.

What you need for this recipe includes sliced apples with added honey flavors, pomegranate seeds, and cinnamon for a sharp taste. All these fillings are wrapped with a sheet of wheat flour pastry. It is a simple recipe that does not require too many ingredients and procedures.

26. Hanukkah Gelt Cookies

 

With the Hanukkah celebrations, you will have guests over, and these gelt cookies are excellent for guests, especially children. They are delicious, and they effortlessly melt in your mouth. You only need cream cheese, butter, vanilla extract, flour, confectionary sugar, and chocolate coins. These cookies will give your kids something to look forward to during the holidays.

Jewish Desserts For Passover

27. Jewish Linzer Torte

 

This Passover Linzer torte is one dessert item that most Jewish households prepare for Passover. This tart melts in your mouth; it is buttery and filled with sweet raspberries. It is sweet and tart at the same time, and it will definitely impress your guests.

It is a classic tasty pastry, and you can make small little tarts or a big one where people can cut a slice. This Linzer torte can be quite demanding to make; that is why most people will reserve them for special occasions like Passover.

The ingredients for this tart include cake meal, potato starch, parve margarine, unpeeled grated almonds, cinnamon, eggs, sugar, and raspberry jam.

28. Chocolate Coconut Cake

This delicious chocolate coconut cake is light and moist and very chocolatey. The toasted coconut topping and coconut icing compliment this chocolate cake in a very nice way. This exceptional good tasting cake will leave you craving for more.

The ingredients for this cake include semisweet chocolate, unsalted butter, vanilla extract, cocoa powder, canned coconut milk, baking soda, all-purpose flour, and eggs. You can impress your guests with this lovely chocolate cake during Passover.

29. Carrot-Apple Bread

 

If you are looking for a fruity and healthy dessert for Passover, it would be nice to consider this delicious healthy recipe. This bread is delicious, satisfying, filled with fresh carrots, apples, chia seeds, flax, and walnuts.

This bread is hearty, dense, and filled with fresh veggies and fruits; your family and friends will definitely come back to you for more of this sweet recipe. 

30. Almond Flour Pancakes

 

This is a much more flavorful way to enjoy pancakes for Passover. These pancakes are light, moist, fluffy, and flavorful. In Addition, the almond flour adds a lovely nutty flavor to the pancakes making them tastier than normal flour pancakes.

Also, these almond flour pancakes will fill you up quicker than the normal pancakes. These are perfect for dessert during Passover, and you can also serve them for breakfast. You can serve these pancakes with a mimosa or a smoothie of your choice.

31. Blender Banana Ice-cream

 

Banana is a popular fruit across the world, and it is used in a lot of recipes. This ice cream recipe is sweet, gooey, creamy, and simple to make. Banana is the only ingredient required to make this ice cream recipe which means you can quickly put everything together.

This is a healthy dessert ice cream, and you can eat as much as you want without feeling guilty. Also, you can decide to spice things up and add other flavors of ice cream or some mint leaves to this banana ice cream.

32. Passover Pecan Bars

 

These pecan bars are so satisfying and are popular among most Jewish families’ dessert options. They are delicious and healthy, and they can serve as a treat for your family and guests.

The ingredients include matza meal, toasted pecans, ground cinnamon, Passover maple syrup, vanilla sugar, and egg yolks.

Israeli Desserts Recipes

33. Malabi Pudding

 

Malabi is a popular Israeli pudding that is creamy, milk-based, and perfumed with rose water. In Israel, this pudding is sold everywhere on the streets as well as in upscale restaurants. You can make this amazing pudding and store it in the refrigerator days ahead of serving it.

You can also top this pudding with other ingredients like nuts, syrup, and coconut juice. This pudding is gluten-free, and you can also make it dairy-free if you decide to. The ingredients for this pudding are whole milk or coconut milk, raw cane sugar, cornstarch, rose water, and pomegranate. You can top the pudding with nuts or shredded coconut.

34. Israeli Cheesecake

 

During the Jewish celebration of Shavuot, one thing that is popular among everyone is cheesecake. There are celebrations where various cheesecakes are displayed, and this Israeli cheesecake with an oreo crust mocha is one of the most popular.

This cheesecake recipe requires you to make this cheesecake 24 hours ahead of time so that you can refrigerate it. Israeli soft white cheese is the special and unique ingredient for this cheesecake. You can make this cake during the holidays and just sit back and enjoy it.

Finally

If you ever think of some Jewish dessert, pastries, or baked goods, this list has many options. You can use these recipes to impress your Jewish friends, and you could also fall in love with a particular dessert in the process. 

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