Though rugelach is enjoyed year-round, this fruit-and-nut dessert is
especially popular during Hanukkah. Cream cheese in the dough, which is chilled for
hours before it is rolled out and filled, makes for an extra-flaky crust.
Just as cranberries taste good when it's not Thanksgiving and Fourth of July lemonade can soothe the palate year-round, flourless desserts can perform not only at Passover, but also long after the seder. They're a category of sweets unto themselves, distinctly different, but able to hold their own against their starchier cousins.
The flavors of the season make a refreshing splash in this festive, quick-to-mix sangria: It's infused with apples, pomegranates, and honey -- foods that happen to have special meaning for Rosh Hashanah, too.
Dipping apple in honey is a Rosh Hashanah custom (to welcome the sweetness of the Jewish new year). We went one step further, layering apples, honey, and sliced almonds on top of another holiday staple, challah, to make delicious open-faced sandwiches.