Go Back

Carole's Teiglach

This traditional, honey-based dish is a sweet and sticky treat that's as beautiful to look at as it is tasty to eat.
Course Desserts
Cuisine Jewish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 10 servings


  • 3 egg, beaten
  • 3 tbsp. vegetable or canola oil
  • 2 tbsp. water
  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp. Kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 lb. honey
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp. orange zest
  • rainbow sprinkles or nonpareil decorations (optional)
  • nuts or candied cherries (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the eggs, oil, water and vanilla, and beat with a fork or whisk until light and well-combined. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, salt, ginger, and baking powder. Add the egg mixture to dry ingredients and stir with a fork until well incorporated. Knead inside the bowl, using your hands, until the dough feels smooth and looks shiny. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let rest for 15 minutes.
  4. After 15 minutes, roll out small handfuls of dough into long, 1/2-inch wide ropes. Cut each rope into 1/3 inch pieces. Roll each piece of dough into balls and place balls onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 20–22 minutes or until golden brown.
  5. While the dough is baking, making the honey syrup: In a large, heavy, 3-quart saucepan, add the honey, sugar, ginger, and orange zest and slowly bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat and simmer for exactly 10 minutes.
  6. Add the teiglach balls to the honey mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until all the teiglach is well-coated. (If you want to add nuts or candied cherries, add them now.) Spoon into paper muffin or cupcake cups and sprinkle with nonpareils or colored sprinkles if you are using them.

Recipe Notes

NOTE: If you wish to make a teiglach pyramid, as is often done with this recipe, simply pour the teiglach into a tart or pie pan and form a mound or pyramid with your hands, working up as you go, using a rubber spatula to help shape the mound.