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10 Favorite Shabbat Desserts And Side Dishes

Making Shabbat meals tend to take so much time and energy so sometimes you may end up having no energy to make the dessert.

For this reason, it is always good to have one or two easy dessert recipes at hand. The same goes for the side dishes.

These desserts and side dishes can be whipped up in just a few minutes. They still taste amazing regardless of how you can make them in that last-minute rush to get everything ready for Shabbat.

If you have been looking for easy Shabbat desserts and side dishes, then you are just in the right place.

  1. Strawberry crumb muffins

We all love good muffins and muffins have never been that hard to make. If you want to make the perfect muffin, there are a few basic rules you will need to follow.

One, never overmix the batter. You don’t want the gluten to develop because you are not baking bread. If the gluten develops, you’ll end up with a tough and rubbery muffin.

When you’re mixing your dry and wet ingredients together, just make sure they are combined. Don’t mind the lumps, lumps are good. Secondly, never skimp on your add-ins.

Everyone wants to feel them in every bite. Use fruit, nuts, jams, nut butter, etc. add whatever you love.

This recipe is quite easy to follow. You’ll need the basic ingredients and follow simple steps to have your amazing muffins ready for Shabbat.

  1. Carrot Kugels recipe

This carrot kugel is sweetened with honey and brightened with lemon zest. It is reminiscent of carrot cake but can still hold its own as a side dish.

We used whipped egg whites to lighten the texture. This makes the carrot kugel less pudding-like compared to other vegetable kugels.

For easy freezing, you can bake the kugel in loaf pans. Use muffin tins for individual servings or a Bundt pan for a pretty presentation during special occasions like Shabbat.

You’ll take approximately 45 minutes to have it ready on the table.

The carrot kugel freezes pretty well. Your family will definitely enjoy it if you use this recipe.

  1. Traditional honey cake with a delicious twist

Honey cake has always been one of the highlights of Rosh Hashanah. The addition of apple sauce makes it super moist and the honey makes it sticky. The traditional recipe has always been a winner.

However, simple tweaks like the addition of toasted almonds transform it into a whole other cake.

Most honey cake recipes tend to contain so much granulated sugar that it is hard to detect the honey. However, in this recipe, we reduced the amount of sugar and slightly added the honey.

This recipe showcases unique flavor profiles of raw single-source honey but you can always substitute it with clover or wildflower honey.

I guarantee that your family will love this honey cake for dessert.

  1. Crunchy Cauliflower Nuggets

These cauliflower nuggets can either be baked or fried. I have always baked mine, but recently I fried a batch to experiment, and to be honest they tasted a bit better.

I have come to the conclusion that anything fried almost always tastes better. I don’t know if the statistics but it seems like a fact to me.

Baked cauliflower nuggets still taste amazing. So for your sake, I left instructions for both methods in the recipe, so you can try either of the two, or both if you want to experience the taste of both.

You’ll need a total of 9 ingredients for this recipe. The sweet chili dipping sauce is optional but I highly recommend it. It makes the crunchy cauliflower nuggets even more delicious.

You can, however, substitute it with any other dipping sauce of your choice.

  1. Double chocolate fudge brownies

This brownie is not just any other brownie. It is the best brownie you will ever eat, I promise.

My entire family totally loves them and every time I make my double chocolate fudge brownies I am hailed as the queen of desserts. You too can be the queen of desserts with this amazing recipe.

These brownies are quite easy to make. The chocolate chips provide the chocolate flavor in the batter and are folded through with the nuts.

Always buy the best quality chocolate in order to get perfect results.

You only need 9 ingredients then follow very simple instructions and you will have your double chocolate fudge brownies just in time for Shabbat.

I assure you that these brownies will make you very popular very quickly, especially when you are hosting family and friends.

They will always be on the lookout for your delicious chocolate fudge brownies. So what are you waiting for?

Try this simple recipe today.

  1. Oatmeal Sandwich Cookies with Creamy Peanut Butter filling

I believe no one can resist sweet peanut butter filling, well at least I can’t. Now imagine sweet peanut butter filling on a rich oat-flavored crisp cookie.


The peanut butter filling takes your cookie to a whole new level. They are easy to prepare and definitely worth making.

The best part is that you can prepare them a few days in advance and freeze them as long as you keep the cookies and the filling separate. That way you can easily assemble them before serving.

Every time I make these oatmeal sandwich cookies I place the remaining ones at the back of the fridge in the hope of eating them on my own later.

Don’t blame me, they are irresistible.

The smooth peanut butter you’ll use is combined with coconut oil, powdered sugar, and butter. You can also add some vanilla extract.

The almond milk you’ll add a tablespoon at a time will give you a texture that can spread easily.

You’ll totally fall in love with them.

  1. Meringue- Topped Apple Pie Bars

I always look for an innovative way to incorporate apples into my Rosh Hashanah menu so when I stumbled upon this recipe I felt like I had just hit the jackpot.

The cinnamon-scented apples, layers of buttery pastry, and the fluffy meringue are sweet toasty, and a crowd-pleaser.

For the apple filling, you only need five ingredients. The ingredients easily come together in just a few minutes. No complicated process is required.

The meringue and toppings can be prepared by following three simple steps. Quite convenient, right?

The end product will be a tray bake that tastes just as good as it looks. It is a great option for Shabbat and it never misses on my menu.

The recipe is quite easy to follow.

  1. Simple potato latkes

If you’re trying to eat healthier even on Shabbat, this recipe is the way to go. The potato latkes are gluten-free. It is also a vegetarian dish which makes it suitable for those who have embraced a vegetarian lifestyle. You can make potato latkes in just under 30 minutes.

The recipe is a five-ingredient recipe and I have always been a huge fan of those. I like being able to make wholesome meals with just a few ingredients. Potatoes tend to have a great flavor on their own and my favorite thing about them is how they blend with pretty much anything.

This recipe is the easiest I have ever come across. All you have to do is grate the onions and potatoes, add eggs and salt then fry for 2 minutes on each side and just like that your potato latkes are ready. They are best when served hot so you should consider making them last.

  1. Coffee Peanut Butter Sheet Pan Dessert

Initially, I never imagined that coffee and peanut butter can be a possible match. I, however, kept wondering what it would taste like so I decided to try it in a dessert. It turned out amazing, way better than I thought it would. I honestly wasn’t counting on it, I even had another dessert option just in case.

I only used 8 ingredients for this recipe. I loved how well they came together with just a little effort. The ganache topping is the real deal, and the nut crunch only makes the coffee peanut butter sheet pan dessert even tastier.

I guarantee that your family will love this, so use this recipe to your advantage. Thank me later.

  1. Peanut Butter Ice cream pie

There is something about peanut butter that makes it hard to resist. I guess that is why it is in most of my recipes. Now imagine the combination of ice cream and peanut butter in a pie. The taste is bound to be heavenly.

The peanut butter ice cream pie is really easy to make. And it won’t take up much of your time, I promise.

I like combining chocolate and vanilla ice cream because it gives me a black and white ice cream pie. If you are dairy-free you can use non-dairy ice cream and non-dairy peanut butter chips. The pie will still taste just as good.

This recipe has never disappointed me so I intend to keep using it for as long as my family loves peanut butter ice cream pies.

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