3 Kid-Friendly Treats to Celebrate Passover

Staff Writer
Matzo-based edibles that kids can (nearly on their own) make in the kitchen.
Making the cake
Tori Avey

Making the cake

During Passover, the consumption of leavened breads and other fermented grain products is prohibited in Jewish culture. Tori Avey of The Shiksa in the Kitchen says this is to commemorate the Jews’ freedom from Egyptian slavery, as when they “escaped Egypt (led by Moses), they didn’t have time to let their breads rise before going into the desert.” The banned leavened products, known as chametz, include baked goods, breadcrumbs, crackers — and bread, of course. Unleavened bread, like matzo, is traditionally used in their place.

Many use matzo like a cracker or a piece of toast, slathering peanut butter and jelly on top. Others eat it with butter, smoked salmon, or simply plain. But why not use it to make a cake or pizza? This Passover, infuse some fun into your other holiday traditions with some seemingly conventional treats that kids can make themselves — all featuring matzo.

Hosting a playdate? This cheesy matzo pizza is a favorite of Avey’s family and takes mere minutes to make. Craving something sweet? A chocolate and matzo multi-layered cake is another edible project that takes almost no time to make and is something even young kids can assemble (albeit messy, too). It's a unique dessert that works for a more formal gathering or dinner party, too. And once Mom or Dad combines the mixture for these fruit and nut-laden truffles, kids will enjoy rolling one-bite sized balls between their hands. (They're not just for Passover, either.)

3 Kid-Friendly Passover Treats

Easy, No-Bake Chocolate Matzo Cake

Passover Pizza

Sephardic Charoset Truffles