3 Passover Desserts To Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

Passover starts tonight! What does that mean? Two back-to-back nights of late family dinners, retelling the story of the Jewish Exodus from Egypt and a week of extra dietary restrictions. My friend and chef Gaby of NonnaGaby.com put it best: "If you are Jewish (and observing), you must not eat any leavened bread for the week of Passover because when the Israelites were fleeing Egypt after being enslaved for a bazillion years they did not have enough time for their bread to rise -- so they got stuck with a flat, cracker-like thing that we now call matzah." 

While I was growing up, I DID NOT like Passover! I remember eating Kosher-for-Passover (KFP) cereal instead of my daily bowl of Honey Bunches of Oats and swapping my lunch sandwiches for PB&J between two pieces of matzah. As an adult, I don't eat quite as much leavened food on a daily basis (although I rarely let a weekend go by without an egg and cheese bagel sandwich or challah French toast) so I welcome the thought of going a week without pizza or pasta and eating more fruits, veggies, and proteins. After all, gluten-free and paleo diets are all the rage these days!

However, it is no secret that I have a major sweet tooth! I rarely go a day without some kind of sweet treat - be it a cookie, brownie, slice of banana bread, chocolate cake... you get the picture! Traditionally, KFP desserts are notoriously bad. I'm talking jelly fruit slices and flavorless KFP box-mix cakes. With a week of no cookies or cake ahead of me, I started looking up some KFP sweet treats that would satisfy my sweet tooth and found 3 mouth-watering recipes that I can't wait to try:

1. Coconut Macaroons

I found this recipe from The Kitchn, which is very similar to a recipe my father-in-law makes every year. These coconut macaroons are seriously so delicious - I don't know why I only eat them on Passover. They're crunchy on the outside and gooey in the middle - truly irresistible! I love drizzling some melted chocolate on top of them for extra sweetness. So excited to make them with Michael's dad this weekend! Watch the step-by-step VIDEO.

 Photo via The Kitchn

Photo via The Kitchn

2. Flourless Chocolate Cake

This 3-ingredient chocolate cake recipe from Gimme Some Oven looks as easy to make as it is delicious to eat! Since I'm not much of a baker, this looks manageable to create and its decadent flavor is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Watch the step-by-step VIDEO.

 Photo via  Gimme Some Oven

Photo via Gimme Some Oven

3. Chocolate Matzah Bark

I found so many recipes for matzah bark (aka as matzah toffee or my favorite - matzah crack!) but this one from The Nosher really stood out to me. This toffee-and-chocolate-covered matzah situation fulfills all my sweet tooth cravings: crunchy, salty, chocolate, and most importantly - EASY to make. This version is topped with melted white chocolate and pecans, but you can get creative and try dried fruit, rainbow sprinkles, coconut flakes or even crunched-up potato chips. Watch the step-by-step VIDEO.

 Photo via  The Nosher

Photo via The Nosher

Which dessert is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below! And to all those celebrating, Happy Passover and Happy Easter weekend!