Taiglach or Honey Dough Balls

Taiglach or Honey Dough Balls

This year, I thought I would try to make taiglach for the first time with Raizel. 

The word “taiglach” is Yiddish for “little pieces of dough” which are cooked in honey. 

Growing up, this was a very special holiday treat that we only enjoyed on Sukkot. Taiglach are traditionally served on holidays which emphasize sweetness and joy. Some people have the custom of eating them on Purim as well.

I have very fond memories of eating taiglach in the sukkah as a child. I looked forward to them every year! 

Raizel was very excited to try this. 

I was excited that she was excited. 

Aside from Mommy time, making this also gave Raizel an opportunity to practice using her hands and develop her fine finger dexterity. 

Since my oven is still not working well, there was the added incentive that taiglach can be made on top of the stove. No oven required! So, it’s a win-win!

Dolly from koolkosherkitchen.wordpress.com graciously made this recipe at my request. Unfortunately, I didn’t see it until after I made the version below. Happily, our versions are slightly different. Experiment with which one you like best.

According to Dolly, her family made them with raisins and almonds and piled the taiglach up in a mound. However, growing up, our taiglach were made in a single layer and made without raisins or nuts. Instead, they were sprinkled with coconut.

Please check out her blog and wonderful explanation on this delicious treat.




3 large eggs

3 tablespoons oil

About 1 ¾ cups flour

1 teaspoon ginger

½ teaspoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon salt

Optional: 1 teaspoon vanilla


1 cup honey. (I think that this is 1 lbs of honey, but I only had 12 oz so I added more sugar instead.)

1 ½ cups sugar.

2 teaspoons ginger

Optional: ¼ teaspoon cinnamon

2 tablespoons boiling water. This is critical, because otherwise the syrup will become too stiff and hard when it cools.

Optional: 1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts, pecans, blanched almonds or hazelnuts

Optional: ½ cup coarsely raisins or minced candied fruit.

Optional: shredded coconut to sprinkle as desired.


To make the dough: Combine the eggs, vanilla (if using) and oil together until smooth. Add 1 cup of flour, baking powder and the salt. Gradually stir in enough flour to make a soft, workable dough. If the dough is too dry, add a small amount of cold water. Place on a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth, about 2-3 minutes. The dough should be soft, and not sticky.

Traditionally, the dough is divided into 4 and rolled into a rope until it is approximately .5 inches thick. Then the dough is cut into .5 inch pieces. Some people then tie them into loose knots and tuck the ends underneath. 

This dough, however, is very flexible. It can be cut into squares, or rolled into balls instead of twists. The pieces can even be baked or fried first for added crunch.

Since I am time challenged, I cut the dough into 36-40 pieces and then rolled them into balls. Some people like to add a few raisins inside the balls. Feel free to experiment. 

Syrup: Combine honey, sugar and spices in a large sauce pan and bring to a boil.

To assemble: Drop the pieces of dough into the syrup one at a time. Reduce the heat to low, and let them rise for 2 minutes. Cover and simmer for 15-30 minutes, without stirring. Then, stir the dough pieces occasionally so that all the pieces will cook evenly. Simmer (up to 45 minutes) until golden brown and the dough sounds hollow when lightly tapped.

Add boiling water and remove from heat. Spoon onto lined cookie sheet or pan in a single layer to cool. If desired, roll in chopped nuts or sprinkle with coconut. Pour some of the honey syrup over the taiglach if you would like them to stick together.

Save the rest of the sauce for a recipe that calls for honey. I am planning on using it to make chicken.

When cool, place in a sealed container. Do not refrigerate. 

The taiglach can remain at room temperature for several weeks, but hopefully they will be gone before then.

I was only able to take a few pictures:

A few left in the saucepan.

Raizel rolling them in nuts.

All done and ready to eat.


Raizel and Yaffa LOVED them!

I was particularly overjoyed when Raizel said, “the only reason why these taste so good is because we davened (prayed) while we made them.”

That was the first time that she validated my beliefs that prayer and love are critical to successful cooking!

It was “Yiddishe nachas!”  For those who may not know, Yiddishe nachas is a term which refers to the inner warmth and pride one feels when one observes the transmission from one generation to the next of one’s spiritual values and traditions.

True bliss on so many levels.




47 thoughts on “Taiglach or Honey Dough Balls

  1. Sabine says:

    These sounds so good, and what a name, Taiglach. I love how that sounds sounds a bit rough, yet tender at the same time.
    Not at all surprising to me that your kids loved those little treats, and as a mum I can relate to the term Yiddishe nachas as well, if perhaps not in the same spiritual connotation. What a beautiful post full of love and pride and warmth.

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  2. IreneDesign2011 says:

    It is so wonderful, when you can see, that your kids did listen, even while you thought, they did not. Teenagers are teenagers and it is the time, when they need to free and find themselves, which is a challenge for both kids and parents.
    Later you will see, how much they really did listen and that is much 🙂

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  3. Doctor Jonathan says:

    I get so much joy reading about the relationship you two share. This adds so much quality to both of your lives.

    My mother did not enjoy cooking. Our Taiglach came from the bakery and was piled up as described in the post you added as a link.

    Coming from a family with obesity, I enjoyed all the bakery goods that ALWAYS was found in my house. I’m very thankful for learning (young) the dangers of this lifestyle and AVOIDING this outcome for myself. This plays a big role in explaining why I attempt to help people circumvent this dangerous path in life.

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    • Cooking For The Time Challenged says:

      It is so funny — one would think that someone who likes to eat would like to cook, but, I guess that is not necessarily so. Food can be a real issue. The trick is balance. I am astounded that you learned so young about the dangers of excessive eating and obesity. Even more so that you have the discipline to maintain such rigorous control over an extended period of time. And, something ultimately good came out of your struggle — you have helped so many people! Raizel likes to make sweet things, but, truthfully, I end up trying to give a lot of them away unless I can freeze them.

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  4. http://www.salpa58.wordpress.com says:

    Your taiglach look delicious. My mom was Italian and every holiday she used to make Struffaoli, it is a dough ball that is fried and then covered with honey and colored sprinkles. The were my favorite. She used to pile them up to look like a Christmas tree. They were delicious as I imagine your taiglach would be. Thank you for sharing and for the wonderful memory. :o)

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  5. koolkosherkitchen says:

    Thank you for mentioning my recipe and linking to it. Would you mind if I reblog yours?Yours is so much more interesting! Raizel’s comment is truly touching! I think I’ve mentioned somewhere that my grandmother used to say a Brocho HaTov v’u’Meitiv on every dish she was cooking. I only do it for Shabbos and Yom Tov dishes, but I really believe that it imbues them with a special “Tam” – taste. Taigelach do not necessarily have to be cooked with honey; we used to make them at any time during the year to throw into soups and salads.

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  6. Osyth says:

    Raizel’s declaration that these taste so good because you prayed as you made them brings tears to my eyes. Really, this is the most beautiful piece crafted with the love that the two of you have for one another and that found its way into the Taiglach you made together. God is found in all things if we care to include Him 🙂

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      • Osyth says:

        Two weeks ago, the day before I was due to travel, I had to ring my eldest (now married) daughter in England and tell her that, because I still need more treatment on my injured leg that I would have to delay returning to Europe until the end of next month. She has always been the most passionate, quick to make sharp comments and regret later of my children. She said ‘it’s alright mummy. All shall be well’. I hesitated before saying laughingly ‘steady on – you sound like me’. ‘That’s just it’ she said ‘I’ve been learning all this time and now I need to let you know that I have learned your lessons well’. Cue tearful mummy being mopped up by daughter who then said that she would report to her three sisters to make sure they got the message clearly that they must support old mamma this time around. Of course, I will never let go of my role as mummy but my goodness me I realised that all this time they have been listening. The good passes through, unfiltered to sit in our young and grow gracefully and enhance the miracles that they already are.

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      • Osyth says:

        It IS improving I think (and so does my physical therapist which is probably less wishful). I am going to stay here and have therapy to the very end of November. In the great scheme of things I feel very selfish actually – I can walk albeit duck-fashion and in my brace I can even run but I want to have the best chance of being fluidly mobile going forwards. When I look outside my selfish little box I am quite ashamed of myself. But then if I am mobile I can do the things I want to do which might make a tiny difference to someone. And my husband won’t have to live with a rampant caged animal any more!!

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      • Osyth says:

        Part of my therapy to make me bearable to live with given that I havent been able to do all the things I generally hang my life on, has been to get drawn and designing just for me so I hereby promise to make a picture out of the quote – how about that? 🙂

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