5 Best Rosh Hashanah Desserts

Trying to knock together some different Rosh Hashanah recipes can be difficult, especially when it comes to desserts. On every Jewish table across the country, you can be sure that there will be apples, honey, some more apples, some more honey, and a whole lot of cakes – probably with honey and apples inside of them.

Although both of these ingredients are symbolic to the Jewish faith – honey symbolises the hope of a sweet new year, with the apple symbolising strength and durability – it can be difficult to come up with any new, meaningful dessert recipes which utilise them.

But it’s not impossible. If you’re hosting Rosh Hashanah this year and you want to give your guests a taste of something different (whilst still keeping the spirit of these ingredients alive), then here are five quirky recipes for you to put into action:

Thumbprint Cookies

Thumbprint Cookies are a standby classic, but for some reason, you don’t see them all too often in a Rosh Hashanah spread. Of course, you can bake these with the usual apple and honey, but if you want to get away from conventionality, then you are more than welcome to pack them with whatever you see fit. Raspberry jam, specifically, is a sweet and delicious filling for these cookies.

Sugar Apple Cake With Honey Butter

As mentioned before, apples and honey are a constant in Rosh Hashanah desserts, but it’s not often that they are integrated into a cake like this. If done right, this recipe should end with a light, fluffy and highly snackable pudding, complete with a layer of crunchy cinnamon sugar and a drizzle of honey and warm, melted butter.

Apple Babka

For anyone who is looking for more of a challenge, then the apple babka certainly takes the cake (no pun intended). It’s certainly one of the hardest to perfect but if done properly, this alternative to the Swedish cinnamon roll can sit as a beautiful centrepiece on your dining room table. Just make sure you have a proper cake stand or, if you don’t, jump over to judaica israel online for a Rosh Hashanah-themed dining plate. Believe us, when it comes to the babka – if you pull it off, you’re going to want to show it off.

Honey Cake

Okay, so you’ve probably baked a honey cake before. But you might not have realised that there are multiple ways in which this staple pudding can be made. With just a little experimentation – such as adding ground coffee, sea salt or making it more of a Polish piernik – you can make this year’s honey cake, unlike anything you’ve ever tasted.


Off to Greece for a little inspiration, melomakarona are Greek spiced cookies which are made with cinnamon, cloves, lemon and orange zest. Perfect as an evening snack, these are most suited to an accompanying cup of coffee or a hot pot of tea. The recipe also works nicer if the cookies are left to soak, so make sure to make a batch at least a day beforehand and keep them in the fridge if you want to really elevate that flavour.

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