Glossary: Jewish Cooking Terms and Yiddish Words

Babka: A loaf-shaped coffee cake made with sweet yeast dough to which raisins, chocolate or nuts may be added. Our babka is loaded with chocolate.

Bubbe: A Yiddish term meaning grandmother. Of course, our bubbes taught us how to make all of these dishes!

Bubelah: A Yiddish term of endearment for all ages.

Hamantashen: A small triangular cookie filled with a fruit compote prepared especially for the Jewish festival of Purim. Traditionally, they are filled with prune paste or a mixture of poppy seeds with honey. Our version is filled with a fruit pie filling.

Kugel: In Jewish cooking, a sweet or savory pudding of noodles or potatoes. Our sweet kugel contains a triple whammy of cream cheese, sour cream, and cottage cheese with skinny noodles.

Latke: In Jewish cooking, a pancake made with grated potatoes. Latkes are associated with the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah because they are fried in oil.

Matzo ball: A small dumpling made of seasoned matzo meal bound together with egg typically served in chicken soup. Matzo, a thin, crisp unleavened bread is eaten during the Jewish holiday of Passover. Matzo meal is made from ground matzo.

Mensch: A person of integrity and honor.

Nosh: A Yiddish term for eating food enthusiastically.

Rugelach: A bite-sized cookie shaped like a crescent made with cream cheese dough rolled around a filling of nuts, chocolate or jam. Our version has cinnamon, nuts, and chocolate.