Grandpa's Passover Charoset

This is my family's recipe for charoset. A perfect blend of dates, pecans, walnuts, and hazelnut.

charoset spread on matza

Every Jewish family has its own traditional charoset recipe for Passover.

Charoset or haroset is a sweet paste made of fruits and nuts eaten at the Passover Seder.

my grandpa's charoset in a food processor

This is my grandpa's version, and I'm super excited to share it here on the blog.

I swore it is the best charoset you'll ever make!

You can serve it as a spread or roll it into small balls.

my grandpa's charoset paste
my grandpa's charoset rolled into small balls

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Prep Time
10 minutes


  • 17.75 oz date paste or pitted medjool dates
  • 7 oz pecans
  • 7 oz walnuts
  • 7 oz shelled hazelnuts
  • 0.25 tsp ground cardamom
  • 0.25 tsp ground cloves
  • 6 fl oz natural grape juice or sweet red wine
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice (optional)


  1. Using a sharp knife or food processor, chop the pecans and nuts.

  2. Process the date paste or dates using a food processor, add the nuts and spices, and process to combine.

  3. Gradually add the wine or juice and mix to combine. The texture should be very sticky.

  4. Taste and adjust the flavors as needed. If you wish, add some fresh lemon juice.

  5. Roll into small balls or store as is in an airtight container.

  6. Keep refrigerated until serving.