20 Delicious Passover Desserts to End Your Seder on a Sweet Note

For your chocolate-loving guests—and those more partial to fruity flavors.

Red Berry and Chocolate Pavlova
Photo: Josh Wand

Chances are, your family has a favorite flourless, dairy-free Passover dessert that has been passed down through the generations. But once in a while it's nice to try something different for the seder meal, especially since other Passover recipes—with its gefilte fish and brisket—remain much the same every year.

These simple holiday treats are a few of our new standbys, and are sure to please, whether you're in the mood for something light and refreshing or rich and sweet. If you spot an ingredient (like vanilla ice cream) that's not Kosher for Passover, feel free to replace it with a dairy-free Kosher for Passover product that suits you. And remember: it isn't Passover without chocolate-covered matzo—we've included five variations in this roundup. Chag sameach!

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Flourless Chocolate Cake

Flourless Chocolate Cake
José Picayo

You can never go wrong with this decadent, fudgy classic.

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Coconut Macaroons

Coconut Macaroons
José Picayo

With just 5 ingredients, you can whip up these chewy flourless cookies—perfect for Passover or Easter.

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Chocolate-Dipped Espresso Meringues

Chocolate-Dipped Espresso Meringues
Victor Schrager

These crisp coffee-flavored treats melt in your mouth.

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Red Berry and Chocolate Pavlova

Red Berry and Chocolate Pavlova
Josh Wand

This chocolate chip-studded pavlova is like an oversized version of the meringue cookies many families serve at Passover. While it may seem fussy, heating the oven to 300° F before lowering it to 250° F helps ensure that the pavlova develops a crunchy exterior and a delightfully chewy interior. This dish is traditionally topped with whipped cream, but when you're trying to stay dairy-free, a heap of fresh berries and a generous drizzle of melted chocolate are a wonderful alternative.

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Coconut Milk Chocolate Pudding

Coconut Milk Chocolate Pudding
Josh Wand

Chocolate desserts are always crowd pleasers—but because it can be challenging to find festive recipes that don't contain flour or dairy, many families turn to the same flourless chocolate cake for seder year after year. This pudding works around those restrictions by using coconut milk instead of dairy, which not only keeps the meal kosher but also complements the flavor of the chocolate.

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Chocolate Espresso Mousse

Chocolate Espresso Mousse
Mitchell Feinberg

The light, fluffy texture masks deep chocolate and coffee notes; garnish with shaved chocolate before serving.

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Ruby Red Grapefruit Jelly

Ruby Red Grapefruit Jelly
Josh Wand

Bright, tart grapefruit juice turns this childhood staple into a grown-up treat that's festive without being overly sweet. Best of all, it takes only a few minutes to make, which is a major advantage when you have a multi-course Passover meal to prepare.

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Rhubarb Almond Crumble

Rhubarb Almond Crumble
Josh Wand

According to the Torah, Passover must be celebrated during the spring—yet, surprisingly, seasonal spring ingredients rarely play a role in the seder menu. That's why we love this bright, sweet-tart dessert starring one of one of our favorite spring "fruits." Rather than a traditional crumble topping, try using a simple combination of almond flour and slivered almonds, which adds a nice crunch.

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Strawberry-Basil Granita

Strawberry-Basil Granita
Josh Wand

This classic Italian frozen dessert is a refreshing way to end a heavy meal. Our version is infused with the flavor of basil, which pairs wonderfully with the strawberries.

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Chocolate Bark With Dried Fruit and Spices

Chocolate Bark With Dried Fruit and Spices
Josh Wand

This rich chocolate bark studded with dried fruit and dusted with spices is inspired by a recipe for chocolate-dipped figs in the cookbook Modern Jewish Cooking by Leah Koenig. Adding a bit of shortening to the melted chocolate keeps it shiny and smooth once it cools and saves the work of tempering.

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Lemon Semifreddo

Lemon Semifreddo
José Picayo

With its bright lemon tang, this cool and creamy concoction is a dessert and palate cleanser in one.

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Frozen Lemon Mousse

Frozen Lemon Mousse
Quentin Bacon

Fold whipped cream into the chilled lemon custard base to create a light and airy dessert.

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Cinnamon-Poached Pears With Caramel

Cinnamon-Poached Pears With Caramel
Marcus Nilsson

A rich homemade caramel sauce dresses up tender cinnamon-spiced pears.

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Pineapple Flan

Pineapple Flan
Jonny Valiant

Pineapple juice gives traditional caramel flan a tropical spin.

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Raspberry Sorbet With Whipped Cream and Meringues

Raspberry Sorbet With Whipped Cream and Meringues
Marcus Nilsson

Turn raspberry sorbet into a full-fledged dessert with freshly whipped cream and meringue crumbles.

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White Chocolate Ginger Matzo

White Chocolate Ginger
Grace Elkus

Follow the recipe through step three. Drizzle the matzo with 3 tablespoons melted white chocolate, then top with 3 tablespoons coarsely chopped crystallized ginger and 3 tablespoons dried blueberries.

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Salted Nut and Honey Matzo

Salted Nut and Honey
Grace Elkus

Follow the recipe through step three. Then drizzle the matzo with 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons natural nut butter. If the nut butter is too thick to drizzle, stir in a bit of melted coconut oil. Top with 2 tablespoons toasted slivered almonds, 3 teaspoons honey, and a sprinkle of sea salt (such as Maldon).

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Nutty Caramel Coconut Matzo

Nutty Caramel Coconut
Grace Elkus

Follow the recipe through step three. Then drizzle the matzo with 3 tablespoons caramel sauce, then top with 1/3 cup coarsely-chopped pecans and 1/4 cup toasted coconut chips.

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Superfood Crunch

Superfood Crunch
Grace Elkus

Follow the recipe through step three. Place 2 tablespoons pre-rinsed quinoa in a small skillet over medium-high heat. Toast for 3 to 5 minutes until the quinoa is fragrant, slightly puffed, and lightly golden brown. Remove from the heat and sprinkle over matzo. Top with 3 tablespoons coarsely chopped salted pistachios and 3 tablespoons dried cranberries.

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Sweet Citrus Blend Matzo

Sweet Citrus Blend
Grace Elkus

Follow this recipe through step three. Using a small knife, cut the zest of an orange into very thin pieces. Top the matzot with a few strips of orange zest (or candied orange peel), 1/3 cup pomegranate seeds, and 1/4 cup mini white chocolate chips.

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