An Absurdly Long List of Dairy Dessert Recipes for Shavuot

Pop a Lactaid (if you're Ashkenazi) and let's get started!

Shavuot is one of the most underrated Jewish holidays. You’re telling me I get to stay up all night and eat little dairy treats like cheesecake, blintzes and bourekas?! All in celebration of the ancient Israelites receiving the Torah at Sinai?! Sign me up.

It’s unclear where the tradition of eating dairy on Shavuot came from. “One reason for this could be from the Bible — we eat dairy to symbolize the land of milk and honey,” Emily Burack wrote for Hey Alma in 2018. She went on, “Another possible reason is that ‘a sage discovered that the initials of the four Hebrew words in Numbers 28:26, which describe the sacrificial meal offering on Shavuot, spell mei halav (from milk), suggesting that dairy food is the acceptable dinner for the festival. At Sinai, the Israelites were considered to be as innocent as newborns, whose food is milk.'”

Regardless of where it came from, however, it’s clear that eating dairy is Shavuot’s most delicious tradition. So, in honor of the holiday, here’s an absurdly long list of dairy dessert recipes you could try this Shavuot.

Pop a Lactaid (if you’re Ashkenazi) and let’s get started!


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1. Cheese blintzes

2. Cheese blintz with strawberry sauce

3. Blueberry blintz

4. Ricotta cheese blintz

5. Cheesecake blintz


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6. Funfetti cheesecake

7. Rugelach bread pudding cheesecake

8. Unicorn cheesecake

9. Black and white cookie cheesecake

10. Kanafeh cheesecake

11. Instant pot cheesecake

12. Cheesecake pie

Gluten-Free Options

13. Gluten-free blintzes

14. Gluten-free chocolate chip cheesecake

Other Desserts

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15. Tres leches cake

16. Macaroon cheesecake bites

17. Bessarabian sweet cheese buns

18. Strawberry rhubarb and ricotta challah bread pudding

19. Strawberry and cream rugelach

20. Labneh and fig tart

21. Blueberry cheesecake danish

22. Labneh ice cream 

23. Lemon poppy cream cheese babka

24. Sweet ricotta and strawberry bourekas

Evelyn Frick

Evelyn Frick (she/they) is a writer and associate editor at Hey Alma. She graduated from Vassar College in 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. In her spare time, she's a comedian and contributor for Reductress and The Onion.

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