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50 Rosh Hashanah Recipes (2021)

We’re sharing lots of ideas for your Rosh Hashanah menu just in case you’re looking. Admit it, you probably just googled Rosh Hashanah recipes! 🙂

The Jewish New Year is a time of reflection and a time to usher in a sweet new year. This is where the food part comes in. Big job if you’re hosting a dinner.

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Many families stick to traditional fare. Some (like me), like to change it up, tweaking one or two of the traditional recipes or adding a couple of new ones.

In this post you will find appetizers, main dishes, side dishes and desserts.

Most of the recipes are make ahead (at least partially) to help take the stress off the host. Here’s a couple of other tips for making hosting easier:

Shanah Tova (Happy New Year) to those who celebrate this special high holiday!

Traditional Rosh Hashanah Foods

Every family has its own food traditions for Rosh Hashanah, either passed down for generations or based on symbolic ingredients.

Menus vary widely, but you will often find chicken soup, gefilte fish, roast chicken, brisket, noodle kugel and honey or apple cake on many Rosh Hashanah tables.

Several symbolic foods are often served for this special occasion as well:

  • apples dipped in honey symbolizing a sweet new year (very popular!)
  • challah (egg bread) sweetened with raisins or honey, often in a round shape to symbolize the continuous cycle of life
  • tzimmes, a sweet vegetable/fruit dish. Carrots, a key ingredient in tzimmes, symbolize ‘hope’ for increased blessings in the coming year.
  • pomegranate seeds are said to symbolize good deeds and are often served as a “new fruit” to taste the newness of the year.
  • a fish head is sometimes placed on the table to symbolize the ‘head of the year’ which is the literal translation of Rosh Hashanah.

Rosh Hashanah Recipes

Now for the 50 Rosh Hashanah recipe ideas…

 Appetizers and Starters

Homemade chicken soup: Make Ahead

Homemade Chicken Soup
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There's something about chicken soup – I mean a good homemade chicken soup recipe from scratch – that's special. I've been making it forever as did my mother and my grandmother. And probably her mother and grandmother before that.  It's nourishing.  It's comforting.
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Tomato Tart with Puff Pastry Vegetarian, Make Ahead, Shortcut

Tomato Tart with Puff Pastry
cut up Tomato Tart Puff Pastry appetizers
This casual, rustic tomato tart with puff pastry is a simple, tasty appetizer for a casual dinner party or a light lunch served with a salad and a glass of wine. When tomatoes are at their peak, the tart is amazing. But it still works beautifully when they're not due to the vinaigrette dressing that brightens them with herbs, garlic and capers.
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Eggplant Dip (Baba Ghanoush)Vegetarian, 30 minutes, Make Ahead

Eggplant Dip
eggplant dip
This not-your-classic version of eggplant dip (Baba Ghanoush) has an Asian twist with sauteed onions, garlic, ginger, soy and rice wine. It;s super flavorful, luxurious, slightly smoky and very tasty. 
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Dukkah Recipe Vegetarian, 30 minutes, Make Ahead, Shortcut

Dukkah Recipe
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Ground nuts, seeds and spices make an incredible appetizer "dip" served with bread and olive oil. Your guests will rave about this delicious Dukkah recipe. 
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 Avocado Appetizers on Crostini Vegetarian, Under 30 minutes, Shortcut

Avocado Appetizers on Crostini
Avocado Crostini with Balsamic Drizzle on cutting board
Here's a tasty, popular avocado appetizer on crostini to add to your repertoire. We top it with tomatoes and a balsamic drizzle to boost flavor and pizzazz. Just 12 minutes.
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Tofu with Peanut Sauce (serve with toothpicks): Vegetarian, Make Ahead, Shortcut

Tofu With Peanut Sauce
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If you're a peanut lover, you will love Tofu With Peanut Sauce. Even if you don't like tofu. The spicy peanut-y little pillows are packed with flavor and delicious in veggie bowls and appetizers.
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Main Dishes

Sous Vide Turkey BreastMake Ahead

Sous Vide Turkey Breast
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Perfection! Sous vide turkey breast is impossible to beat for moist, tender, succulent turkey – EVERY time. Amazing results with this method – guaranteed.
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Canadian Maple Cedar Plank Salmon Make Ahead, 30 Minutes – I sometimes serve this as an appetizer, cut into small chunks. So good!

Canadian Maple Cedar Plank Salmon
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This rich, mildly smoky Canadian Maple Cedar Plank Salmon is glazed with maple syrup, balsamic, grainy mustard, butter & garlic.  Easy and mouthwatering!
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Apricot Chicken Recipe Make Ahead, Shortcut

Apricot Chicken Recipe
Baked Apricot Chicken pieces piled on plate on black placemat
Sticky, sweet and tangy deliciousness! This Apricot Chicken recipe is a semi-homemade and much better version of that old recipe with onion soup, jam and Catalina dressing. 
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Classic Prime Rib (reverse sear): Make Ahead

Classic Prime Rib (Reverse Sear)
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This classic prime rib recipe uses the reverse-sear method to create mouth watering, medium-rare meat throughout the entire roast. It doesn't get better than that.
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Company Chicken with Citrus Sauce and Pistachios: Make Ahead – gorgeous presentation

Company Chicken with Citrus Sauce and Pistachios
company chicken breast with citrus and pistachios on plate
This company chicken with citrus, carrots, prunes & pistachios is a treat for the eyes, taste buds and cook (make-ahead). The flavors blend beautifully.
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Vegetable Strudel RecipeMake Ahead, Vegetarian, Shortcut – a great option for vegetarians at your table. You can leave out the goat cheese if necessary.

Vegetable Strudel Recipe
Vegetable Strudel in puff pastry cut open on parchment paper
This vegetable strudel recipe wraps a savory medley of sweet potatoes, onion, peppers, apple, spinach & goat cheese in a flaky buttery puff pastry. It's a wonderful make-ahead main or side dish for a special occasion. And easy with a great shortcut.
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Smoked Brisket in a SmokerMake Ahead – way ahead! a labor of love

How To Smoke A Brisket In A Smoker
smoked brisket sliced on a cutting board served with salad
How to smoke a brisket in a smoker includes all the best research, experience and tips by guest chef Bob to get you to a tender, mouth watering smoked brisket. We included a great shortcut and step by step instructions that even a novice can follow. 
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Moroccan Chicken with Sweet Potatoes: Make Ahead – lots of sweet features, perfect for this holiday.

Moroccan Chicken with Sweet Potatoes
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Experience incredible aromas and juicy spiced Moroccan chicken with the most scrumptious sweet potato, prune, onion, garlic and apple medley ever. No special equipment needed.
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Balsamic Glazed Chicken: Make Ahead

Balsamic Glazed Chicken
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With just 6 ingredients, balsamic glazed chicken is a simple family meal.  Sweet, tangy, delicious chicken. 
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Bone-In Turkey Breast with Pear Chutney: Make Ahead, Shortcut

Bone-In Turkey Breast with Pear Chutney
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A simple roasted bone-in turkey breast with pear chutney makes for a surprisingly no-fuss, healthy and delicious family or company dinner.
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Sous Vide Chicken Citrus Glazed: Make Ahead, Shortcut. You have other options if you don’t have sous vide equipment.

Sous Vide Chicken Citrus Glazed
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This tender, juicy maple-citrus glazed sous vide chicken is bursting with the flavour of a sweet, tangy glaze of maple syrup, orange, lemon and lime.
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Simple Roast Chicken and Potatoes: Make Ahead

Simple Roast Chicken and Potatoes
chicken quarter leg with asparagus and potatoes on plate
The ultimate in Friday night or Sunday dinner comfort food – roast chicken and potatoes. The chicken is moist and flavorful, but it's the potatoes that are outstanding. They absorb the juices from the chicken, lemon, onion and garlic – and taste sublime.
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Grilled BBQ Chicken: Make Ahead, Under 30 minutes, Kid-friendly

Grilled BBQ Chicken
Grilled BBQ boneless Chicken thighs on cutting board
The marinade for Grilled BBQ Chicken has been in my family for about 50 years. It looks like regular BBQ sauce, but it's not. We used it on steak, chops and chicken. Easy and always delicious.
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Side Dishes

Super Easy Potato KnishesMake Ahead, Vegetarian, Shortcut

Super Easy Potato Knishes
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These easy potato knishes are flaky and melt-in-your-mouth despite the shortcuts that cut the recipe time in half. A great appetizer or side. Don't count on leftovers.
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Roasted Glazed Carrot TzimmesMake Ahead, Vegetarian

Roasted Glazed Carrot Tzimmes
Roasted Glazed Carrot Tzimmes in serving dish
A perfect side for Rosh Hashanah or any feast, Roasted Glazed Carrot Tzimmes fuses the delicious, rich flavours of balsamic, maple, orange & cinnamon. 
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Oven Roasted Vegetable Recipe Make Ahead, Vegetarian

Oven Roasted Vegetable Recipe
Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Peppers, Eggplant, onions and Apples in a serving bowl
This oven roasted vegetables recipe is simple comfort food. Sweet potatoes, peppers, eggplant, apples and rosemary create a delicious side dish. Not to mention healthy and colorful. And never mind that an apple is not a vegetable. It works perfectly. 
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Salad With Grilled Vegetables and Quinoa Make Ahead, Vegetarian

Party Salad with Grilled Vegetables and Quinoa
Party Salad with Grilled Vegetables and Quinoa in serving bowl
We love this Party Salad with Grilled Vegetables and Quinoa, loaded with eggplant, corn, peppers and maple-balsamic dressing. Three sides in one colorful dish.
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Vegetable Quinoa StuffingMake Ahead, Shortcut, 30 Minutes, Vegetarian

Vegetable Quinoa Stuffing
vegetable quinoa stuffing
You won't miss the bread in this delicious, super healthy, Vegetable Quinoa Stuffing.  It's a great alternative to a traditional stuffing, dressing or any side dish. And takes only 30 minutes to make.
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Herb Potato SaladMake Ahead, Vegetarian, Shortcut

Herb Potato Salad
Herb Potato Salad in bowl on tray in garden
Herb potato salad is a perfect light summer side dish that's quick and easy to make and bursting with flavor. Great for picnics (no mayo), potlucks and BBQs.
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Grilled Cabbage (slaw) Make Ahead, Vegetarian, Shortcut, 30 Minutes

Grilled Cabbage
Grilled shredded cabbage with julienne carrots, green onion, sesame seeds and dressing on a platter.
Grilled cabbage is turned into our version of a super flavorful, no mayo coleslaw. The vibrant colors of the red cabbage, julienne carrots, green onion  and sesame seeds make a stunning vegetarian side dish.
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Sweet & Tangy Grilled EggplantMake Ahead, Vegetarian, Shortcut, 30 Minutes

Sweet & Tangy Grilled Eggplant Recipe
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Eggplant lovers will rave about this grilled eggplant recipe with a sweet and tangy glaze. The beautiful bold colors make this an impressive side dish at any BBQ or picnic.
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Red Quinoa Salad with Roasted Carrots: Make Ahead, Vegetarian, Shortcuts

Red Quinoa Salad with Roasted Carrots Recipe
Red quinoa salad with roasted carrots and beets in shallow serving dish
This red quinoa salad is loaded with super healthy greens, roasted carrots and beets, topped with avocado and a delicious orange-balsamic dressing. Yum!
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Knish Recipe with Root Vegetable Mash: Make Ahead, Vegetarian, Shortcut

Knish Recipe with Root Vegetable Mash
pile of cut up knishes filled with root vegetable mash
This knish recipe is filled with a delicious root vegetable mash, wrapped in a golden flaky puff pastry (store-bought – shh). Melt in your mouth and really easy. A great make ahead side dish or appetizer.
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Fig Salad with Pomegranates: Make Ahead, Under 30 minutes, Vegetarian

Fig Salad With Pomegranates
Fig salad with pomegranates in bowl
This pretty fig salad with pomegranates and balsamic dressing is a festive addition to any dinner party or holiday event.
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Beet and Orange Salad Recipe: Make Ahead, Vegetarian, Under 30 minutes with Shortcut

Beet and Orange Salad Recipe
Beet and Orange Salad
Fresh, bright and pretty. This Beet, Orange and Goat Cheese Salad is easy to put together and looks beautiful on the table.
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Marinated Tomato Salad Recipe: Make Ahead, Under 30 minutes, Vegetarian, Shortcut

Marinated Tomato Salad Recipe
Tomato Salad with Homemade Catalina Dressing - sweet, tangy and pretty
This sweet, tangy Marinated Tomato Salad with homemade Catalina dressing creates a colorful side dish even when tomatoes are not at their best.
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Curried Rice with Raisins: Vegetarian, Make Ahead

Curried Rice with Raisins Recipe
Curried Rice with Raisins in serving bowl
Curried rice with raisins is a simple recipe made with broth, onions, curry powder and raisins. The aromas while cooking bring back lots of memories for me.
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Peach Chutney (30 minutes): Make Ahead, Under 30 minutes, Vegetarian, Shortcut. Delicious with chicken or brisket.

Peach Chutney (30 minutes)
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Peach chutney is a perfect condiment for brisket, turkey, chicken, lamb, pork and Indian curries. Even cheese and sandwiches. Sweet and tangy, warmly spiced and loaded with fresh peaches.
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Roasted Honey Glazed Carrots: Vegetarian, Make Ahead, 30 minutes, Shortcut

Roasted Honey Glazed Carrots
Roasted Honey-Thyme glazed Carrots on a plate garnished with orange zest and thyme
A fresh bunch of carrots roasted with honey and thyme, and garnished with orange zest, make these roasted honey glazed carrots irresistible. A simple and easy jazzed-up side dish.
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Roasted Baby Cauliflower: Make Ahead, Under 30 minutes, Vegetarian

Roasted Baby Cauliflower
You have to try this new baby cauliflower. It's sweet, delicate, tender and delicious – kind of a cross between cauliflower and broccoli. We're roasting it in this recipe, but you can cook it so many different ways. It's slowly coming into mainstream stores so grab some if you can find it. 
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Crispy Oven Roasted Potatoes: Vegetarian, Make Ahead

Crispy Oven Roasted Potatoes
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Crispy Oven Roasted Potatoes are soft and creamy inside, crispy and golden outside. The two step cooking method takes a bit longer, but it's worth it. They're that good!
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Charred Onions on the Grill: Under 30 minutes, Vegetarian, Make Ahead. Delish with chicken and brisket.

Charred Onions on the Grill
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Tender, sweet charred onions on the grill make a delicious condiment or side dish and are a snap to make using a grill basket. Little effort, big return. A pretty traditional topping for burgers, but also delicious in burritos, quesadillas, scrambled eggs, salsas, quinoa or rice dishes.
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Quinoa and Glazed Butternut Squash Salad: Vegetarian, Make Ahead, Shortcut

Quinoa and Glazed Butternut Squash Salad
Quinoa and Butternut Squash salad in white serving bowl garnished with sesame seeds
Simple, hearty and healthy, Quinoa and Glazed Butternut Squash salad with spinach, cranberries and toasted sesame seeds is a delicious vegetarian main dish or side.
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Butternut Squash Salad with Warm Cinnamon Dressing: Make Ahead, Vegetarian, Shortcut

Butternut Squash Salad with Warm Cinnamon Dressing
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Beautiful, delicious and satisfying as a vegetarian main or side, Butternut Squash Salad with Warm Cinnamon Dressing will get rave reviews at your next holiday or dinner event. 
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Desserts

Moist Apple Cake With Bourbon Caramel Sauce – Make Ahead, Vegetarian

Moist Apple Cake Recipe with Bourbon Caramel Sauce
Apple Cake with bourbon Caramel Sauce and ice cream on plate f
This moist apple cake recipe is a wonderful celebration of Fall. The cake is delicious on its own, but a real standout with a drizzle of silky bourbon caramel sauce
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Puff Pastry Apple Tart (30 min): Vegetarian, Make Ahead, Under 30 minutes, Shortcut

Puff Pastry Apple Tart (30 minutes)
puff pastry apple tart cut into 4 slices on plate
Whip up this puff pastry apple tart for a weeknight or weekend dessert. Simple and delicious. Just apples, puff pastry, butter and brown sugar (ok, ice cream too).
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Orange Polenta CakeMake Ahead, Vegetarian, Gluten Free

Orange Polenta Cake (gluten free)
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This delicious golden gluten-free Orange Polenta Cake is moist, rich and bursting with zesty orange flavor. It's easy to make as it has no layers, no filling and no icing. 
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Crispy Buttery Lace CookiesMake Ahead, Vegetarian, 30 Minutes

Crispy Buttery Lace Cookies Recipe
Crispy Buttery Lace Cookies
These delicate, crispy, buttery Lace Cookies have been in our family for years. Ready in under 30 minutes and perfect for a tea, brunch, shower or dessert.
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Homemade Caramel Popcorn (a treat to usher in a sweet year!)- Make Ahead, Vegetarian, Shortcut

Best Homemade Caramel Popcorn
best homemade caramel popcorn
No, you can’t just eat a handful of this addictive homemade caramel popcorn. Crunchy popcorn and nuts with a mouth-watering buttery salted caramel coating. Perfect for gifts, picnics & parties.
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Best Banana Cake With Chocolate IcingMake Ahead, Vegetarian

Best Banana Cake with Chocolate Icing Recipe
Best Banana Cake with Chocolate Buttercream Icing
This is the best banana cake we’ve ever eaten! The chocolate buttercream icing is perfect with this cake. Super moist and scrumptious – a real winner!
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Chocolate Cranberry Rice Crispy Squares Recipe: Make Ahead, Vegetarian Under 30 minutes (plus chill time).

Chocolate Rice Crispy Treats
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Loaded with chocolate, nuts and raisins, these no-bake chocolate rice crispy treats are your answer to that after-dinner chocolate craving. Rich, chewy, crunchy, nutty, chocolate-y deliciousness. Just 10 minutes of hands-on time to prepare (plus chill time).
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Microwave Brownie Recipe in 8 minutes: Make Ahead, Vegetarian, Under 30 minutes.

Microwave Brownie Recipe in 8 Minutes
microwave brownies cut into squares on plate
Company dropping by in 10 minutes? Craving something sweet pronto? Or need a quick potluck dessert? This chocolate-y, moist, fudgy microwave brownie recipe will do the trick. 
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Skor Chocolate Chip Cookies: Make Ahead, Vegetarian

Skor Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Teeny toffee bits take these chocolate chip toffee cookies over the top. Buttery, caramel-y, chocolate-y, chewy cookies with crisp edges (if baked longer). Wickedly good. Freeze balls of dough to make fresh warm cookies whenever you need them.
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