5 Honey Desserts for a Sweet Jewish New Year

This year, in honor of the first of the High Holy Days, revel in the sweetness of the coming Jewish new year with festive, honey-laced treats that are blissfully sweet and celebratory.

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For those of you gathering around the table for Rosh Hashana, you know that dipping apples in honey symbolizes the promise of a sweet new year. It's a time-honored combination that, for many Jews, harks back to the days of Hebrew school, or to a time when their own kids were huddled around the table. This year, in honor of the first of the High Holy Days, revel in the sweetness of the coming Jewish new year with festive, honey-laced treats that are blissfully sweet and celebratory.

Set out a plate of these delicate yet crispy  Honey-Almond Lace Cookies (pictured above) after dinner with a platter of fruit for an easygoing holiday dessert. A flourless batter of honey, brown sugar, butter and sliced almonds gives these treats their distinctive thin, holey disposition.

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Giada De Laurentiis' Honey Ricotta Cheesecake comes with a buttery crust made from an after-dinner dessert cookie: biscotti. As for the filling, tangy cream cheese and creamy ricotta are sweetened with orange blossom honey, plus a tablespoon of orange zest. Enjoy a sweet and citrusy slice that's as easy as pie — but so much better.

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Serve an extra-special plate of Michael Symon's honey-laden, buttery  Baklava from Food Network Magazine. His classic dessert is layered with nuts, sheets of phyllo dough and a syrup made with a whole jar of honey.

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Chef Name: Food Network Kitchen Full Recipe Name: Honey Vanilla Pound Cake Talent Recipe: FNK Recipe: Food Networks Kitchen’s Honey Vanilla Pound Cake, as seen on Foodnetwork.com Project: Foodnetwork.com, FN Essentials/Weeknights/Fall/Holidays Show Name: Food Network / Cooking Channel: Food Network

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If you're eating Rosh Hashana dinner at someone else's house this year, bake and take Ina Garten's  Honey Vanilla Pound Cake. Lightly sweetened with honey and sugar, this simple loaf is a perfect no-frills addition to anyone's dessert spread, and it's best served with fruit and whipped cream.

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Everyone may be telling you that summer is over, but someone should be telling that to the juicy stone fruit lining the grocery store shelves. These late-summer beauties do wonders in this easy five-ingredient  Peach Tart with Honey and Thyme. The peaches are tossed in honey before baking, and the finished product gets a good drizzle of honey at the very end.

Happy New Year!
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