If you’ve never made, tasted or heard of charoset (pronounced kha-roe-set) then head to the store and get these simple ingredients. It’s traditionally served at Passover Seders (usually in a paste-like consistency) .

What’s in Passover Charoset?

Charoset is very simple to prepare! You’ll need apples (I like to use a variety,) walnuts, honey, spices, wine and brown sugar to make it sweeter if desired.

I’ve been the “charoset maker”  for our family Passover Seders for over 15 years! (Ha! I never saw that one coming) This is my go-to recipe because everyone loves it.  I have to keep making it during the entire unleavened bread holiday so that my boys can make “apple pie matzoh” as they call it! It can be quite addictive.

passover charoset recipe how to make

Can I make charoset ahead of time?

Absolutely! With so much Passover cooking going on, I always make the charoset the night before. That way, that’s one less thing I have to worry about. And it tastes even better as it sits!

How long can you keep charoset?

Leftover charoset will last for about 2-3 days stored in the fridge. Store in an airtight container.

What is the significance of Charoset?

Charoset represents the mortar that the Israelite’s used to bond bricks when they were kept as slaves in Egypt. If you are interested in reading more about the significance of charoset and why it’s even on the Seder plate check out this site.

This Passover charoset recipe is chocked full of sweet and tart apples, raw honey, crunchy walnuts, brown sugar, and warm spices of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg. For Passover, I always add in some sweet Kosher red wine.

There is no need to wait until Passover or until your Jewish friends invite you to a Seder to enjoy this apple charoset, make it anytime you’d like! I like to serve this throughout the year with homemade cinnamon sugar tortilla chips! Yum!

Watch my make the best Passover charoset from start to finish!!

passover charoset recipe how to make

Get the Recipe: My FAVORITE Passover Charoset

3.90 from 20 ratings
This chunky, passover charoset is truly addictive! Chocked full of diced apples, raw honey, brown sugar, walnuts, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and Kosher wine
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Chill Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes


  • 1 granny smith apple
  • 2 gala apples
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons raw honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3-4 Tablespoons sweet Kosher red wine, I used Manischewitz Blackberry wine
  • Dash of nutmeg
  • Dash of clove
  • Brown sugar, sweeten to desired sweetness


  • Peel apples.
  • Dice apples into tiny pieces. (I sometimes blend a few of them up to make the finished charoset creamier)
  • Place diced apple in a large bowl.
  • Stir in remaining ingredients, except the brown sugar.
  • Taste and add brown sugar to further sweeten. (We like ours super sweet!)
  • Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or until ready to serve.



Use a variety of apples
Add in different nuts if desired
Omit the brown sugar if desired, but it really adds a nice taste.
Cuisine: American, jewish
Course: Appetizer
Author: Divas Can Cook
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