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23 Sweet, Sticky Recipes for Welcoming Fall (& the Jewish New Year)

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When I was growing up, the true beginning of fall was signaled not by an excursion to pick apples, or the first game of the rec soccer season, or a bulging school binder with neatly-labeled tabs, but by the hours spent in synagogue on Rosh Hashanah. I'd be scrunched into a Talbots Kids sweater set, just slightly too warm for the weather. I'd snooze on my dad's shoulder, waiting for the shofar wake-up call. I'd stare intently at my watch, waiting for the best part of the day—the drive home and the anticipation of apples, honey, and sour cream coffee cake. And the afternoon nap!

I've got just one more week until my slice of cake—the Jewish New Year of Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown on September 21, when the year will change to 5778—and, oh yeah, some quality family time, too. But even if you're not observing the holiday, treat Rosh Hashanah as a reason to celebrate fall—and the sticky, sweet, cozy flavors that come with it. Bake your first apple cake of the season! Or roast honey-hued carrots. (Try not to compare them to summer's tomatoes.)

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To help you jump into fall (and welcome a sweet new year), we've got 23 recipes featuring Rosh Hashanah's most iconic pair:

Sweet as Honey

Broiled Lemon-Honey Arctic Char with Citrus Sauce
Broiled Lemon-Honey Arctic Char with Citrus Sauce
Miso and Honey Butter–Roast Chicken
Miso and Honey Butter–Roast Chicken
Colorful Carrots with Butter and Honey
Colorful Carrots with Butter and Honey
Ricotta with Honeyed Grapes

Ricotta with Honeyed Grapes by fiveandspice

Honey Balsamic Sauce

Honey Balsamic Sauce by Alice Medrich

Carrots and Fennel Braised with Orange Zest and Honey
Carrots and Fennel Braised with Orange Zest and Honey
Tea with Honey and Lemon Compound Butter

Tea with Honey and Lemon Compound Butter by thefood

Drunken Honeyed Figs with Lemon Mascarpone Whipped Cream

Drunken Honeyed Figs with Lemon Mascarpone Whipped Cream by TheWimpyVegetarian

Honey Cashew Morning Buns
Honey Cashew Morning Buns
Russian Honey Cake
Russian Honey Cake
Honey–Almond Sesame Cookies
Honey–Almond Sesame Cookies

The APPLES of our eye

Roasted Sweet Potato and Apple with Pearl Onions and Crispy Sage
Roasted Sweet Potato and Apple with Pearl Onions and Crispy Sage
Dorie Greenspan's Custardy Apple Squares
Dorie Greenspan's Custardy Apple Squares
Ginger Apple Torte
Ginger Apple Torte
Apple Dumplings
Apple Dumplings
An Old-Fashioned Apple Spice Cake
An Old-Fashioned Apple Spice Cake
Bea's No-Peel Apple Crisp
Bea's No-Peel Apple Crisp
Brown Butter Apple Tart
Brown Butter Apple Tart
Apple-Almond Cake (Apfel-Marzipan-Kuchen)

Apple-Almond Cake (Apfel-Marzipan-Kuchen) by wednesdaychef

Hasselback Apple Cake

Hasselback Apple Cake by Food52

Bourbon Apple Galette
Bourbon Apple Galette
The Prettiest Thing You Can Do with an Apple Is as Easy as Slicing and Baking It

The Prettiest Thing You Can Do with an Apple Is as Easy a... by Alice Medrich

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Roses Are Red, But Almond-Filled Challah Roses Are Edible

Roses Are Red, But Almond-Filled Challah Roses Are Edible by Sarah Jampel

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Or Fill Your Table With These

20 Rosh Hashanah Recipes for a Sweet New Year
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20 Rosh Hashanah Recipes for a Sweet New Year
Ruth's Brisket
Ruth's Brisket
How to Make Noodle Kugel Without a Recipe

How to Make Noodle Kugel Without a Recipe by Sarah Jampel

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How to Make Matzo Ball Soup That's Too Good to Save for Passover

How to Make Matzo Ball Soup That's Too Good to Save for P... by Sarah Jampel

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Tips for Making a Fancy Challah Worthy of a New Year Celebration
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Tips for Making a Fancy Challah Worthy of a New Year Celebration

How do you celebrate Rosh Hashanah (or the start of fall? or both!)? Tell us in the comments below!