Tasty Passover Dessert Recipes

Flourless Rhubarb Cake Recipe
Photo: Photo by Jennifer Causey / Food Styling by Rishon Hanners / Prop Styling by Sarah Elizabeth Cleveland

An impressive dessert is the perfect way to round out your Passover Seder. Here, we've gathered a collection of recipes that are delicious and can be easily tailored to accommodate any dietary restrictions you observe for the holiday. Pareve margarine can be swapped in for butter in desserts such as this Mixed Berry Crisp with Matzo Streusel (try topping it with dairy-free ice cream, too!), and this Pineapple-Coconut Soft Serve contains no dairy at all. If you avoid eating kitniyot — an ingredient category that includes foods such as rice and seeds, like poppy seeds and sunflower seeds — you'll find several dessert options to suit the holiday, too. From a two-ingredient sorbet to dairy-free and gluten-free Orange Torta, these treats go beyond the usual macaroons (although we couldn't resist Molly Yeh's Matcha Coconut Macaroons). Read on for all 12 recipes, and start planning your Seder now.

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Strawberry Almond Cheesecake with Matzo Crust

Strawberry Almond Cheesecake with Matzo Crust
Abby Hocking

This silky cheesecake gets sweetness and tang from a blend of cream cheese and sour cream. Matzo meal and ground almonds replace the usual graham crackers in the crust for a nutty, toasty crunch. Topped with sugary strawberries and toasted almond slivers, this cake makes a beautiful centerpiece. If you are keeping kosher, you can make a few easy ingredient swaps for the dairy products and almond extract.

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Mixed Berry Crisp with Matzo Streusel

Matzo Berry Crisp
Abby Hocking

Sweet-tart berries, tossed with just enough sugar and lemon juice, are topped with salty-sweet crumbled matzos for the perfect springtime (and Passover-friendly!) dessert. If you are keeping kosher, swap in pareve margarine for the unsalted butter and serve with a dairy-free ice cream.

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Lemon-Almond Cake with Roasted Rhubarb

Flourless Rhubarb Cake Recipe
Photo by Jennifer Causey / Food Styling by Rishon Hanners / Prop Styling by Sarah Elizabeth Cleveland

This tender, lemon-scented almond cake is topped with roasted rhubarb, but is equally delicious with any kind of fresh or roasted fruit, like roasted strawberries, fresh orange segments, or roasted plums. Since the cake doesn't contain any gluten or wheat flour, it's ideal for those who'd like to avoid gluten, and it's especially versatile for Passover since it's also dairy-free.

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Quindim (Brazilian Coconut Egg Custards)

Brazilian Egg Custards
Photo by Greg DuPree / Food Styling by Torie Cox / Prop Styling by Audrey Davis

These Brazilian treats feature a rich eggy custard and a chewy coconut crust. Both crust and custard come from a single batter: The macaroon-like crust forms as the shredded coconut floats and browns while baking; once cooled, the desserts are inverted, revealing the shiny, sunny custard layer. White sugar will result in sunny yellow custard, while light brown sugar will tint it pale gold. Be sure to allow the quindim to cool—and fully set—completely before flipping them over. If you'd like, substitute pareve margarine in for the unsalted butter.

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Pineapple-Coconut Soft Serve

Pineapple Coconut Soft Serve Recipe
Photo by Greg DuPree / Prop Styling by Christine Keely / Food Styling by Chelsea Zimmer

This fluffy, effortless five-ingredient dessert comes together in minutes and tastes like summer. It's made with fresh pineapple, unsweetened coconut cream, light agave nectar, kosher salt, and toasted unsweetened flaked coconut. You can freeze the leftovers in an airtight container for up to three months.

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