Apples and honey are a given, but when it comes to Rosh Hashanah, to us, it almost feels wrong not to include some sweet element (at least a touch!) in almost every dish that makes its way to the table. This year, we put together a short—but sweet—list of five recipes that are sure to take your Rosh Hashanah dinners or lunches to the next level (without being too saccharine).

To start your meal off, try Sarah Newman’s light, fresh Stuffed Zucchini Rolls—they even look like Torah scrolls! Brisket is so 5776. Still can’t imagine the holidays without soft, pull-apart meat? Danielle Oron’s Sweet Shredded Honey Lamb with Raisins and Almonds over Couscous was made for you. Or, try Paula Shoyer’s Whole Chicken with Dried Fruit Stuffing.

Give the old, tired honey and apple cakes a rest. Instead, toast the new year with Amy Kritzer’s Drunken Honey Pomegranate Cake or Lauren Katz’s Apples and Honey-Bourbon Caramel Crumb Cake (dairy; wonderful with a fish meal)…or both—we won’t tell.

With dishes like these, how could it be anything but a sweet new year? L’shanah tovah! 

Newman_rolls Stuffed Zucchini Rolls
Sarah Newman
Creator, Neesh Noosh: A Jewish Woman’s Year Long Journey to Find Faith in Food
Oron_lamb Sweet Shredded Honey Lamb with Raisins and Almonds over Couscous
Danielle Oron
Blogger, I Will Not Eat Oysters, and author, Modern Israeli Cooking
Shoyer_chicken Whole Chicken with Dried Fruit Stuffing
Paula Shoyer
Pastry chef and author, The Holiday Kosher Baker and The New Passover Menu
Katz_cake Apples and Honey-Bourbon Caramel Crumb Cake
Lauren Katz
Winner of ABC’s The Great Holiday Baking Show
Kritzer_cake Drunken Honey Pomegranate Cake
Amy Kritzer
Blogger, What Jew Wanna Eat, and author, Sweet Noshings