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It's common to welcome in the Jewish New Year with extra-sweet dishes to usher in a sweet new year. These recipes are perfect to serve after dinner or throughout the holiday. 

Arielle Weg
September 12, 2017

The Jewish New Year is upon us again, and with that comes the tradition of indulging in sweets and seasonal foods to welcome a sweet new year. It's customary to incorporate flavors like apple, honey, and pomegranate throughout the meal, but, for dessert, it's crucial (and traditional) to end on a sugar explosion. 

Bake these recipes this Rosh Hashanah for the sweetest (and lightest) New Year yet. Keep in mind, if you're looking for a dairy-free recipe to follow Jewish dietary laws, swap butter with shortening, canola oil, or vegan butter and choose a plant-based milk to replace cow's milk. 

Photo: Jennifer Causey

Hibiscus Poached Pear

Autumn pears cook down in a delicious honey, orange, and cinnamon mixture. 

Photo: Victor Protasio

Softened Plums With Vanilla Yogurt 

With only six ingredients, this buttery, honey-filled dessert is a win. 

Photo: Iain Bagwell

Pecan Sticky Wedges 

Lick your fingers clean of this honey-infused, nutty masterpiece. Replace half of the butter with applesauce to bring the Rosh Hashanah flavors forward. 

Photo: Jennifer Causey

Mom's Rhubarb-Apple Crisp

Apples shine alongside rhubarb in this delicate fall dessert. 

Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez

Miso Caramel-Apple Pie

Forget salted caramel. Miso brings the same salty twist to the sweet dessert, with an umami finish you didn't know you needed. 

Photo: Jennifer Causey

Apple Galette with Vanilla Yogurt Drizzle

Whole grain crust and light yogurt combine for a hearty apple treat, with zero New Year guilt. 

Photo: Jennifer Causey

Apple Hand Pies

Individual hand pies are perfect for little ones, or to freeze for another night. 

Photo: Iain Bagwell

Double-Crust Apple Pie

Buttery, flaky crust underneath and on top perfectly sliced apples. What else could you want?

Photo: Jennifer Causey

Whole-Grain Apple Cake with Yogurt Cream

Moist cake, crunchy nuts, creamy yogurt, and buttery crumble come together for the best dessert ever. 

Photo: Brian Woodcock

Walnut-Crusted Apple Pie

The real secret ingredient in this pie isn't even the walnuts, it's the vodka. 

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Pomegranate-Orange Tart With Pistachio Shortbread Crust

Pomegranate juice gives a deep flavor, while the seeds on top double as a fruity bite and burst of color. 

Hasselback Apples

This super simple recipe lets apples truly shine, all with a dollop of vanilla ice cream. 

Photo: José Picayo

Rustic Apple Tart

Gorgeous and sweet, this is a perfect end to your holiday meal.