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TypeCookie or cracker
Place of originEastern Europe
Main ingredientsEggs, sugar

Kichel (Yiddish: קיכל, plural kichlach קיכלעך, the diminutive of קוכן kukhn "cake") is a slightly sweet cracker or cookie in Jewish cuisine. Made from eggs, flour, and sugar, the dough is rolled out flat and cut into bow-tie shapes.[1][2]

Commercially prepared kichel are dry, bow-tie shaped pastries sprinkled with sugar.[3]They are traditionally served at the kiddush in synagogues after Shabbat services.[4]

They are sometimes eaten with a savoury dip or topping. Jews in South Africa serve kichel with chopped herring. Due to their light, airy texture, the cookies are sometimes called "nothings."[5] When prepared with matzah meal rather than flour, kichlach can be consumed during the Passover holiday.


  1. ^ Nathan, Joan (2011-01-12). Joan Nathan's Jewish Holiday Cookbook. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0-307-77785-0.
  2. ^ Levi, Yona (2019-12-15). "Is Kichel a Cracker or a Cookie?". aishcom. Retrieved 2021-03-01.
  3. ^ Kichels Recipe: Jewish Bow Tie Cookies
  4. ^ Kichel
  5. ^ Mmm… kichelicious!