Impress your guests and delight their palates with the fluffiest cheesecakes, eye-catching trifles and tortes, classic Christmas cookies and decadent chocolate creations that know how to make a festive statement. Trust us: these heavenly sweets taste spectacular and will look absolutely gorgeous on your dessert table. So bring on the holiday cheer!
Gingerbread Bundt Cake With Eggnog Glaze
Fresh ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves are the winning combination that makes this soft Bundt cake taste like biting into your favourite cookie, only better. Buttermilk helps keep this cake moist for days, which makes it the perfect make-ahead dessert. Just bring it out after dinner, top with eggnog glaze and voila!
Christmas Cupcake Wreath
Wow your guests with this beautiful yet oh-so-easy way to showcase your stellar holiday baking skills.
Ina Garten's Raspberry Orange Trifle
This showstopping Grand Marnier-spiked dessert trifle will wow your guests well before they even take their first bite. There are many layers to this sweet recipe but it will be well worth the extra effort!
Anna Olson's Chocolate Hazelnut Napoleon
Chocolate hazelnut cream is layered between homemade puff pastry sheets and topped with a light dusting of icing sugar for an eye-catching dessert.
Anna Olson's Classic New York Cheesecake
New York-style cheesecake is decadent and rich in taste, but fluffy in texture, and Anna Olson’s classic version is sure to impress. Top with fresh fruit or fresh edible flowers for a pop of colour.
Anna Olson’s Croquembouche
This grand tower of cream puffs is glued together with caramelized sugar—perfect for the holidays.
Anna Olson's Tiramisu Buche de Noel
What happens when you take an already popular holiday dessert like tiramisu and transform it into a Yule log? A Buche de Noel bursting with the flavours of coffee and cocoa.
Gingerbread Christmas Cookie Trees
Way easier than constructing (and decorating) a gingerbread house, and just as dazzling, these simple stacked cookie trees win holiday dessert of the year.
Anna Olson's Charlotte Royale
Beautiful swirls of red encase this show-stopping dessert that combines a raspberry jelly roll cake filled with a smooth and creamy vanilla custard.
Gingerbread Layer Cake with Raspberries and Lemon Buttercream Frosting
This elegant layer cake is light and lovely, layered with a tart lemon frosting and fresh raspberries.
Mocha Chocolate Icebox Cake
This upscale icebox cake uses mascarpone cheese and instant espresso powder for a tiramisu-like concoction that you can slice. Make it the day before for easy and elegant entertaining.
Anna Olson's Opera Torte
A classic torte created in Paris, made of thin layers of sponge cake with a coffee buttercream and chocolate ganache.
Anna Olson's Warm Chocolate Orange Tarts
This dish is heavenly, combining the rich taste of chocolate with the fresh flavour of oranges and spiked with a little orange liqueur for a truly decadent combination.
Stained Glass Sugar Cookies
Forget standard sugar cookies. These stained-glass inspired Christmas tree treats are truly works of art. In other words, they’re the only holiday decoration your table requires this season.
Maple Gingerbread Bûche de Noël
Spiced gingerbread cake makes a tasty base for this traditional Christmas dessert. Top with candied walnuts, almonds or your favourite nuts for a beautiful ‘bark’ for your holiday log.
The Barefoot Contessa's Brownie Tart
In this elegant dessert, a chocolately tart shell is filled with brownie batter and finished with a drizzle of dark chocolate. It’s a rich treat that will satisfy your sweet tooth.
Ina Garten's French Fig Tart
Balance out all those sugar cookies and festive squares with something totally different on the table. This rich and buttery pastry, adorned with fresh figs, comes straight from the Barefoot Contessa’s kitchen. A must-try.
Anna Olson's Mont Blanc Torte
This cake is meant to replicate snowcapped Mont Blanc, the highest peak in the Alps, which borders France and Italy and makes a grand statement for dessert.
Anna Olson's Individual Cassatas with Candied Orange Slices
Attention orange lovers: these little desserts are just the thing for you!
Anna Olson's Gateau St. Honoré
This classic French torte is almost too pretty to eat! A puff pastry base is topped with pastry cream and whipped cream, and surrounded by light-as-air profiteroles dipped in caramelized sugar.
Molly Yeh's Chocolate Sea Salt Rugelach
Everything is made better with sprinkles, including rugelach, our favourite little buttery rolled pastries. This version features a hard-to-resist chocolate filling.
Classic Gingerbread Cake
Made with real ginger and served with whipped cream, this incredible gingerbread cake is too good not to bake this holiday season.
Giada De Laurentiis’ Mascarpone Cannoli Cheesecake
Embrace this new take on the classic Italian dessert that starts with a crunchy almond-biscotti base topped with a cheesy, baked filling, studded with chocolate chips.
Giant Portuguese Custard Tart
Pastel de nata is already a delicious treat, but imagine your company’s reaction when you bring out a giant version of this Portuguese favourite. A touch of cinnamon in the creamy filling is what gives it the signature and addictive hint of spice to every bite.
Sticky Toffee Pudding Bundt Cake
This giant, gooey dessert is made in a bundt pan to satisfy a crowd, and is topped with an addictive toffee caramel sauce. It’s a clever, must-make take on classic Christmas pudding.
Flourless Black Forest Roulade
This flourless dessert has the textbook flavours of a Black Forest Torte: chocolate cake, whipped cream and kirsch soaked cherries.
Gingerbread Eggnog Sandwich Cookies
Bring your two favourite holiday flavours together in one soft and chewy sandwich cookie.
Maple Eggnog Creme Brulee
Infused with Canadian maple syrup and festive eggnog, this decadent dessert is easier to make than you think.
Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
If you’re craving carrot cake, this delightful recipe is here to satisfy. It’s lightly spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg, and whipping heavy cream into your cream cheese makes an extra fluffy frosting.
Anna Olson's Rich Chocolate Mousse Cake
Drooling yet? This impressive torte tastes heavenly, but has a dark side in the form of devilishly rich melted chocolate. Chocolate-covered mousse with just a tiny bit of super-moist chocolate cake (yes, more chocolate!), this really is the perfect cake for chocolate lovers.
Double Decker Chocolate Cherry Cookies
Cinnamon chocolate snickerdoodles and almond cherry chip cookies are delicious on their own, but they’re all the more irresistible when you combine them into these double-decker delights. Finish them with coloured candy sprinkles for a festive touch.
Anna Olson’s Cranberry White Chocolate Cheesecake
Bright beautiful cranberries are delicious anytime of year. The tart little gems pair perfectly with white chocolate in Anna Olson’s creamy and festive holiday dessert.
Anna Olson’s Chocolate Shortbread and Raspberry Napoleons
Juicy raspberries and rich swirls of pastry cream are layered between pieces of chocolate shortbread, forming a decadent napoleon stack. Finish with a dusting of icing sugar for a truly show-stopping dessert.
Anna Olson's Blackberry & White Chocolate Charlotte
Pistachio lady fingers encase this awe-inspiring cake that’s filled with layers of blackberry Bavarian cream and a white chocolate mousse. Arrange fresh blackberries around the edges of the cake, and sprinkle with chopped pistachios.
Anna Olson's Dobos Torte
This intricate cake of Hungarian origin is made up of eight (yes, eight!) thin layers of sponge cake filled with chocolate buttercream and topped with a caramel fan.
Anna’s Baked Alaska
The combination of lavender honey ice cream and cake that is covered with meringue makes for one classic dessert. The key is keeping both cake and ice cream as cold as possible for the perfect hot-day treat.
Anna Olson's Classic Tiramisu
Layers of ladyfingers drenched in a rum-infused coffee syrup, mascarpone cream and grated chocolate, this classic recipe for tiramisu is rich and fluffy, and simply irresistible.
Anna Olson’s Chocolate Truffles
Impress anyone with these easy-to-make truffles and watch them disappear off the plate!
Eggnog Cream Pie
Creamy, eggnog custard is the dreamy filling in this decadent dessert that starts with a sweet graham cracker crust and is topped with boozy rum whipped cream.
Anna Olson's Frasier Torte
A French spin on the classic shortcake, this beauty is topped with a strawberry mousse and strawberry halves and has a gorgeous edging on the outside of the cake, too.
Anna Olson's White Chocolate Cranberry Mousse Tart
This decadent cake features a cranberry centre, surrounded by beautiful white chocolate mousse and bordered with a chocolate cookie crumb crust.