13 Jewish Desserts Everyone Needs to Try
From moist apple cake to sufganiyot, here's a closer look at Jewish desserts.
Babka is a dense braided bread stuffed with sweet fillings like chocolate, cinnamon sugar, apples, or raisins. You can thank Jewis grandmothers for its creation, as they would often twist leftover scraps of challah with seeds and nuts for a handy Sabbath snack. Don’t forget to pick up one of these Jewish cookbooks for more amazing desserts.
Egg creams are an iconic Jewish drink. This fizzy, frothy drink is said to have been created in the 1900s by Louis Auster, a Jewish candy store owner in Brooklyn, New York. Interestingly, the drink contains no eggs—just 1/2 cup milk, 1 cup carbonated water and 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup. (Purists use the brand Fox’s U-bet!)
Poppy Seed Cake
This uniquely delicious cake is often seen during Purim because the Yiddish word for poppy seed, mohn, is similar to the name of the villain of the Purim story, Haman. It can be in the form of a loaf, a Bundt cake or even a towering layer cake.
What’s a game of dreidel without gelt? These waxy chocolate coins wrapped in shiny gold foil have a rich history and are a staple during Hanukkah, especially for kids. For something homemade, don’t miss our recipes for Hanukkah.