kichel

Alternative Spellings

kikhl

Definitions

  • small cookie or biscuit
  • cookies (plural)

Example Sentences

  • "I love kikhelekh in my soup!"
  • "Gluten-free kichel are a little tricky since we are not using any gums – they tend to want to break apart as you form them into bow-ties." (http://www.glutenfreecanteen.com/2011/09/29/craggy-bow-tie-kichlach-gluten-free-dairy-free/)

Languages of Origin

Yiddish

Etymology

קיכל kikhl 'cookie', diminutive of קוכן kukhn 'cake' (pl. קיכלעך kikhlekh)

Who Uses This

Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage

Regions

North America, South Africa

Dictionaries

Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).

Notes

In South Africa, kichel are flat diamond shaped parev biscuits served as an accompaniment to chopped herring or chopped liver. Plural: kichelach, kikhelekh, kichalach

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