Celebrate a Sweet New Year With These Rosh Hashanah Recipes and Crafts
Time to stock up on apples and honey! These family-friendly activities for the High Holidays are a fun way to introduce kids to beloved traditions.
Margo Gothelf and Sarah Burns
Creative Jewish Mom | One Sarcastic Baker
L'Shana Tova! It's time to celebrate Rosh Hashanah and the year of 5782. Rosh Hashanah marks the beginning of the new year in the Hebrew calendar. The holiday is all about eating apples and honey for a sweet new year, blowing the shofar, and being with family and friends. Need some ideas for your celebration? We've got you covered with kid-friendly recipes and crafts for Rosh Hashanah.
Rosh Hashanah is all about the apples. The seasonal fruit is typically eaten with honey during the new year's celebration to symbolize a sweet new year. This year, use the fruit as a decoration and make origami apples to display during the holiday. Once you've got the technique down, you can make the apples in different sizes and colors to show off all over the dinner table. Just make sure to wipe all the honey off your hands before you get started folding the delicate paper!
Cross Stitch Apple Embroidery
While you wait for that apple and honey cake to bake in the oven, keep your hands busy and craft a cross-stitch apple. Don't worry if sewing isn't your thing. This type of cross-stitch is basically like tracing a line, just with some string attached to it. When you've got the apple complete, trace a pot of honey and shofar for a complete set of decorations.
Rosh Hashanah Yarn Crafts
Yarn doesn't always have to be for knitting or sewing. Case in point: these Rosh Hashanah yarn crafts. To make these yarn crafts, trace out some of your favorite Rosh Hashanah symbols like apples, honey pots, pomegranates, and shofars. Then, use different colors of yarn to "color them in." Swirl them in circles to cover the entire picture, or just outline them for a simple look. The best part about making these decorations is that everyone can get in on the action, no matter how old they are. Just add some clear glue to the picture and let your littlest ones place (or drop, throw, or mush) the yarn on top.
Apple Honey Dish
For when you can't decide if you want to craft or have a snack during the holiday, opt for both with this apple honey dish. The concept is pretty simple and extremely tasty. All you have to do is slice the top of the apple off, core out the middle, and fill it with honey. It's that easy. You now have a decoration and a tasty treat all in one.
Forget everything you know about being told not to play with your food. Well, at least while you are putting together this Rosh Hashanah apple napkin craft. Because for this craft, the food becomes the supplies. The apples replace typical rubber stamps to turn borning napkins into festive decorations. Make these a few days before the holiday so you can use them at your new year's celebration.
Shana Tova Greetings
Holiday cards are often sent out to family and friends during Rosh Hashanah to wish them a L'Shana Tova, or a good year in Hebrew. This year, design a few of your own cards to hand out to your family and friends. Use cardstock for the base of the card and decorate it with markers, paint, or even glitter. Fill it with traditional symbols from the holiday, like apples and honey, and write a message on the inside wishing everyone a very sweet new year.
Apple Honey Rugelach
If you're new to rugelach, get ready to meet your new favorite dessert. Rugelach is often served on Jewish holidays throughout the year, and is basically a cross between a pastry and a cookie. It's made with puff pastry and typically filled with chocolate, cinnamon, raisins, or walnuts. Since it's Rosh Hashanah, this batch switches up the traditional filling and replaces it with apples and honey for a seasonal twist.
Apple Cinnamon Challah
This new year, take your traditional challah bread to the next level: Follow Renana's Kitchen recipe for apple cinnamon challah. The stuffed bread will seem like dessert — especially after you dip it in honey. This is one recipe you'll want to keep around and make even after the holiday is long over.
Honey isn't just for dipping apples in — it's also for making an irresistible and mouthwatering honey cake. If you haven't had a honey cake before, you are in for a treat. Not only does the honey sweeten this loaf cake, but it's also responsible for all of the flavor. Pro tip: use a darker honey for an even stronger flavor.
Apple & Honey Tart
If you have a budding chef in the kitchen who wants to take over dessert for Rosh Hashanah, steer them in the direction of this apple and honey tart. The recipe layers apples on top of premade puff pastry and covers them in honey for a simple — but professional-looking — treat. If your little one is not up to cutting with sharp knives yet, play sous chef and assist them in slicing the apples into small pieces. Once your prep work is done, sit back and let them do the rest.
Apple Cinnamon Babka
I've got three words for you: Apple. Cinnamon. Babka! Babka first originated in the early 1800s and was originally made with leftover challah and jam. Over the years, it's evolved into a sweet-yeasted dough filled with a luscious fillings like cinnamon or chocolate. This version uses an apple cinnamon base, making it the perfect choice to end your holiday meal. Don't be intimated to make this bread from scratch — the process is surprisingly simple for something that looks so complicated.