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17 Make-Ahead, Break-the-Fast Desserts for Yom Kippur

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Yom Kippur starts tomorrow and ends Wednesday. Which means, as a time for atonement and repentance, no working, eating, or drinking for 25 hours straight. And since cooking is considered work, it's typically avoided as well. (Plus, if you've ever fasted, being around food is way down there on the list of things you want to be doing during that time.) Because of this, break fast dishes are typically prepared ahead and stashed away for later. And, yes, this includes dessert—arguably easier, though, than prepping anything else, as cookies are a lot easier to pack away than a bagel and lox platter.

We turned to the imitable Alice Medrich for make-ahead dessert recipes that range from the more traditional (cakes! cookies!) to the not-so-classic (mousse! pavlova!). Here are 17 desserts you can make right now and enjoy Wednesday.

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One-Bowl Vanilla Cake
One-Bowl Vanilla Cake
Pumpkin Chiffon Cake
Pumpkin Chiffon Cake
Chocolate-Hazelnut Mousse
Chocolate-Hazelnut Mousse
Chocolate Hamantaschen

Chocolate Hamantaschen by Alice Medrich

Chocolate Pomegranate Bark

Chocolate Pomegranate Bark by Alice Medrich

Spice-Drawer Carrot and Coconut Macaroons
Spice-Drawer Carrot and Coconut Macaroons
Walnut Sponge Cake
Walnut Sponge Cake
Buckwheat Thumbprint Cookies with Cherry Preserves
Buckwheat Thumbprint Cookies with Cherry Preserves
Rocky Road

Rocky Road by Alice Medrich

Ultra Thin Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Ultra Thin Chocolate Chunk Cookies by Alice Medrich

Maya's Chocolate Fudge Sheet Cake
Maya's Chocolate Fudge Sheet Cake
Tiger Cake
Tiger Cake
Peanut Butter Pavlova
Peanut Butter Pavlova
Apples in Cardamom-Lime Syrup

Apples in Cardamom-Lime Syrup by Alice Medrich

Gluten-Free Butter Biscuits

Gluten-Free Butter Biscuits by Alice Medrich

Sesame-Rose-Pistachio Meringues
Sesame-Rose-Pistachio Meringues
Alice's Right-Brain Nutty Butter Cookies
Alice's Right-Brain Nutty Butter Cookies

Alice Medrich is a Berkeley, California-based pastry chef, chocolatier, and cookbook author. You can read more about what she's up to here.

What's your go-to post-Yom Kippur dessert? Tell us in the comments below!


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