One of the most traditional foods that is eaten on Rosh Hashana and I think what most people from all over the world associate with this holy day is honey. We are hoping that the coming year be as sweet as honey!
Of course there are many other sweet foods that can symbolize a sweet year but dip the apple in the maple syrup doesn’t have as nice of a ring to it.
Besides for eating the honey with apples it is also traditionally spread on challah. My family has honey on challah at every holiday and shabbat meal until the end of Simchat Torah (which is 3 weeks from now).
Another sweet way to enjoy honey is by swirling it into cookie batter to make the sweetest cookies around.
This recipe came from my sister’s teacher in preschool many many years ago and it instantly became a family tradition.
When I lived in America I used to make these with my sister now that we live 6,000 miles apart I make the cookies for my Rosh Hashana meal here and she makes them for our family there. We send each other pictures or Facetime while making them so it is like we’re in the kitchen together.
We look forward to these cookies all year long and it just wouldn’t be Rosh Hashana without them.
So whether you’re eating a honey cookie or dipping the apple in the honey be sure to say that bracha/blessing loud and clear shana tova u’metuka have a happy sweet new year!
These cookies make a ton, but they freeze beautifully so you can enjoy them throughout the holiday season.
6 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp. cinnamon
Pinch of salt
1 cup oil
2 cups sugar
6 heaping Tbs honey
Raisins, walnuts, chocolate chips, dried cranberries
Preheat oven to 375°F/190°C
Line sheet pans with parchment paper
Combine dry ingredients, then mix in the wet ingredients.
Mix well until all the ingredients are combined.
Form into small balls and place on the prepared pans.
Press your choice of topping into the center of each dough ball.
Bake for 9 minutes until golden brown.
Store in airtight container.