The Best Shavuot Dessert Recipes and Ideas (2024)

Nechama Fink May 21, 2024

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Throughout most of the year, our holiday culinary traditions typically lean towards fleishig or pareve, but Shavuot is a time when dairy takes center stage, and we are fully here for it.

Shavuot gives us the perfect excuse to immerse ourselves in the world of buttery, cheesy, and creamy baked goods that we might usually savor only in moderation.

The collection of dairy baked goods we’ve curated is designed to bring joy and a touch of indulgence to your tables. Each recipe is a testament to the versatility and richness of dairy, promising to delight your taste buds.

So, gather your ingredients, don your apron, and let the baking begin. This Shavuot, treat yourself and your loved ones to the very best in dairy baked goods. Chag Shavuot Sameach!

1. Coconut Bundt Cake by Estee Kafra

There is story to this cake. I was shopping in an upscale food shop (I always love to see what unique products I will find there) when I chanced upon a piña colada syrup. I love the flavor of piña colada, and I haven’t been able to find a syrup with kosher certification for some time now. Well, of course I brought it home, and this cake was born a few weeks later. I know coconut-flavored sweets can be a topic of hot debate with very strong opinions about either loving or hating the flavor of coconut. I have to say I am a very strong pro-coconut advocate, so this cake is one of my favorites.

2. Mini Key Lime Cheesecakes by Mozelle Goldstein

There’s nothing I love more than a tart lemon or lime dessert. Key lime pie happens to be my number one seller and it’s the one thing people come back for again and again. Combine it with cheesecake and we have a winner!

I make them in muffin tins, but you can easily make this recipe in a large pie dish or store-bought graham cracker crust.

It’s worth the multiple steps and dirty bowls- trust me!

3. Cheesecake Filled White Chocolate Muffins by The Peppermill

These pretty muffins are an explosion of different flavors.

4. Berry Swirl Cheesecake by Rachel Berger

This is a delicious, rich, New York-style cheesecake, with a bit of ricotta cheese to lighten it up. Some of the batter is mixed with fruit spread and is then swirled back into the lemony cheesecake batter, for a beautiful appearance, and surprise pop of berry flavor. Although the prep for this cake is not long, it does require resting time in the oven, and then overnight, for best texture, so be sure to plan this one in advance! For best results, read through the entire recipe before starting, so that you have all elements prepared and ready to go. Although for best texture and no cracks it is best to bake in a water bath, I opted to forgo the bath in exchange for a lower baking temp and more rest. Since the cake is being covered, I thought it was worth the risk.

5. Strawberries and Cream Cookie Pockets by Shoshy Lefkovitz and Sarah Goldstein

I love how cute and different these strawberry and cream pockets are. The dough is easy to work with and is made of simple ingredients, and the strawberry in the filling takes these pockets from ordinary to amazing. File this away in your simple but delicious baked goodies recipes.

6. Lemon Ricotta Muffins by Estee Kafra

7. Black Forest Pavlova by Victoria Glass

Pavlova was created in the 1920s in honor of ballet dancer Anna Pavlova. Either an Australian or New Zealand invention – neither side can agree – I’ve added Germany into the equation, giving it the Black Forest treatment.

8. Irresistible Cinnamon Buns by Esther Ottensoser

When we posted this recipe on Kosher Scoop, I knew it would be well-received, but its popularity surpassed my expectations. It was the number-one-viewed recipe for two weeks! Everyone loves cinnamon buns.

9. Almond Cheese Horns by Chaya Surie Goldberger

Sometimes the best recipes are the ones that are the simplest. These almond cheese horns are a cinch to prepare, yet the flavor is extraordinary! They’re sure to become a staple in your home for Shavous and beyond!

10. Loaded Cheesecake Jumbo Cookies by Malky and Yossi Levine

Here’s a description of the mouthful you’re about to experience: softbite cookie, rich and supple cheesecake, and chewy chocolate chunks. Hooked? Wait till you and your family taste them. Prepare the refills.

11. Dairy Chocolate Babka with Butter Streusel by Malky and Yossi Levine

A twist on the familiar, this dairy version of traditional will get you rave reviews. A soft and buttery dough that is easy to work with. Fill ‘er up with chocolate, and enjoy!

12. Yodel Bars by Faigy Grossman

I’m delighted with this version of Yodels — you get the same delicious texture and taste, and you don’t have to bother with the rolling and dipping that makes preparing Yodels something I said I’d never do again! With the added bonus of a heavenly dairy flavor, you’ve got a quick way to bake a popular favorite!

13. Pecan-Coated Butter Loaf by Chavi Feldman

Using a crispy pecan crumble as the coating on a classic butter loaf gives it an added burst of flavor and texture. And incorporating a nutty streusel filling raises the level one more notch. Though this cake can easily be made pareve, the buttery taste of the milchig version is certainly my favorite!

14. Turtle Cheesecake by Celeste Hackel

Looking for that perfect healthier cheesecake to make for Shavuot this year? We have the answer for you! Naomi welcomes Celeste from healthy.to.the.core  and together they make this divine cheesecake that leaves Naomi speechless.

15. Gluten-Free Cheese Crowns by Chani Salzer

Flaky, light, and decadent is the way I would describe these cheese crowns. For those of you who have never tasted a cheese crown, you have to add this to your baking list.

16. Peanut Butter Cheese Muffins by Nechama Norman

I love anything with a chocolate and peanut butter combination. These mini muffins are no exception. I always make these as minis because they are rich and dense.

17. Mini Cheese Babkas by Rochie Lemel

Cheese babka. Buttery dough. Creamy cheese filling. Sour cream and Walders vanilla glaze. Need I say more?! Just the smell of these baking…PURE HEAVEN!

18. Cinnamon-Roll Cookies with Maple-Butter Frosting by Faigy Grossman

These cookies are absolutely divine. Maple and cinnamon pair so well together, and the cookie dough is irresistible! I’ll have to add this recipe to my Shavuos repertoire. The problem is, as the “repertoire” grows, so will I!

19. Caramel Praline Cheesecake by Rochie Lemel

This is no ordinary cheesecake! A super-rich and creamy filling, coupled with a praline layer and caramel topping make this a cheesecake you’ll want to make again and again.

20. Chewy Chip Cookies with Two-Tone Chocolate Chunks by Rochie Lemel

Despite our increasingly sophisticated palates, one thing that still excites people is a good chocolate chip cookie. I’ve had countless requests for these cookies, even – surprisingly – for high-end affairs. The recipe has become so popular that I know it in my sleep. This dairy version with butter and Rosemarie Harmony milk chocolate takes it to the next level.

21. Cappuccino Tart by Sara Wasserman

Elegant and sophisticated, this cake comes with a definite “wow” factor. Save for a special occasion.

22. Sandwich Cookie Mousse Cake by Sara Wasserman

You can’t go wrong with this no-bake chocolate mousse cake.

23. Better-Than-Snickers Dessert Bars by Esther Deutsch

Whenever I receive a recipe from my sister-in-law Batsheva, I can bet that it’s fabulous. But, when she sends me a recipe that’s also surprisingly simple like this one, it’s a double bonus. Batsheva tasted this memorable dessert In Israel—the pareve version at Keyara’s, and the dairy version at Spaghetti’s in Mamilla—and was relentless in pursuing the recipe. It’s rich and dense, so one serving per person is sufficiently pleasing. This decadent adult treat appeals to the kid inside. Although the recipe has a casual ring to it…this is a dessert that can go either way. For an elegant serving option, you can serve one square bar with mint leaves and berries on the side. It makes for a nice unexpected element of surprise.
Use salted peanuts, as they complement the sweet flavors well.

24. Melt-in-Your-Mouth Butter Rugelach by Rivky Kleiman

The name speaks for itself. A word of advice: Bake an extra batch. There are no guarantees that these will make it to Yom Tov…

25. Dairy French Coffee Cake by Rivky Kleiman

This outrageous cake immediately puts the need for a coffee fix into high gear. Enjoy with your morning coffee or any time of day.

26. Irresistible Cheese Babka by Brynie Greisman

I first tested this recipe while we were in the midst of cleaning the dining room chairs for Pesach (yes, I scrubbed my hands before!). You can imagine what that aroma wafting through the room did to all of us. It sure was an incentive to finish quickly! Cheesecake is a serious weakness for me and my family, so we were all thrilled to have this heavenly treat. Freezing the cheese filling prevents it from oozing out, and nobody wants the piece without it! Thanks, Avigail G.

27. Cheesecake Fruit Tarts by Kosher.com Staff

Make these super fancy, yet easy to make cheesecake fruit squares using store-bought puff pastry squares, topped with a homemade cheesecake layer and some sliced fruit. Bake and top with a tahini-lime drizzle that will add that extra bit of delicious flavor to these creamy filled crunchy treats.