From perfect pumpkin pie to an elaborate macaron tower, Anna Olson has treat for everyone this holiday season. Whether you’re looking to impress guests or just deliver a perfect pie, these festive holiday desserts are sure to please friends and family alike.
Flourless Black Forest Roulade
This flourless dessert has all the classic flavours of the black forest tortes we know and love: chocolate cake, fresh whipped cream and kirsch-soaked cherries.
Scottish Pan Shortbread
Why settle for one shortbread cookie when you can have a whole pan! This recipe bakes one giant shortbread cookie that can be sliced into wedges to be enjoyed over a few days. Although, it probably wouldn’t last that long!
Anna Olson’s Chocolate Truffles
An adaptable chocolate truffle recipe with four variations: classic, white and dark, pistachio brandy and orange. This recipe yields 60 truffles, so you can play around with as many different add-ins as you like and they make a fabulous edible gift. Try peppermint, earl grey, coffee or ginger — the sky’s the limit when chocolate is involved!
Brown Butter Cranberry Gingerbread Cakes With Brown Butter Caramel Sauce
Sweet, tart cranberries are paired with spiced warm gingerbread cake in a treat that’s perfect for winter. But the star of the show is the rich brown butter caramel sauce that glazes the dessert, and is soaked up by the spongy cake.
Tarte au Chocolat
Silky smooth and decadent, there’s something to be said about a perfect chocolate tart — and Anna Olson’s recipe is a force to be reckoned with.
Anna Olson’s Pecan Butter Tarts
A classic Canadian treat, butter tarts make a heavenly dessert for any occasion. This recipe by Anna Olson uses pecans, but you can swap them out for raisins, walnut pieces or keep it plain.
Almonds, pecans, berries, cherries and even candied ginger find their way into this amazing cake that is sure to delight the fruitcake lovers in your life.
Classic Gingerbread Cake
Light, moist and bursting with ginger flavour, this classic gingerbread cake is the perfect holiday treat. Dust with icing sugar and serve with a dollop of whipped cream for a finishing touch.
Gateau St. Honore
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.
Elegant Gingerbread Layer Cake With Raspberries and Lemon Buttercream Frosting
Layers of spiced gingerbread, sweet and tart lemon buttercream frosting, and juicy raspberries create this elegant dessert that’s bound to impress any guest! Top with a layer of frosting and a circle of fresh raspberries.
Satisfy your sweet tooth with this Anna Olson pie recipe, packed with raisins, apples, currants, and cranberries.
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.
Biscotti Ricotta Cheesecake
Made with ricotta instead of traditional cream cheese, chocolate pistachio biscotti makes up the crust of this delectable cheesecake from Anna Olson.
Anna Olson’s Croquembouche
Why not compliment that macaron tower with this grand display of cream puffs held together with spun sugar? This cream-filled display will be an instant crowd-pleaser at any event.
Torrone (Italian Nougat)
This Italian treat made of meringue, almonds and pistachios is an addictive and crunchy snack or dessert.
English Sticky Toffee Pudding
What would English pudding be without the sticky toffee sauce? Other than dates, this whole dessert comes together with pantry staples you likely already have on hand.
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.
Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake Squares
Enjoy all the delicious flavour of pumpkin with these eye-catching cheesecake squares guaranteed to wow guests.
Warm Chocolate Gingerbread Cookie Cakes
These individual flourless desserts are similar to a molten centre cake, but better. Tender gingerbread cookie encases a rich chocolate filling that, when baked and served warm, surprises each guest when they break through the crisp, cookie exterior.
Anna Olson’s Pumpkin Pie
Don’t be fooled by the nutritional value of whole wheat pie dough in this recipe — Anna says that it makes for a perfectly brown crust that stays crispy under the heavy pumpkin filling.
Pumpkin Creme Brulee Tarts
These make-ahead desserts can be baked and chilled up to a day in advance, but should be bruleed right before serving.
Anna Olson’s Tarte au Citron
A delicate pastry crust serves as the base for a delectable lemon curd filling.
Carrot Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting
Moist and creamy, this carrot cake with silky cream cheese frosting is a light and refreshing dessert perfect for almost any occasion.
Anna Olson’s Nanaimo Bars
For those who like a little extra crunch in their nanaimo bars, roughly chopped walnuts give the base of these sweet bars a chewy bite.
French Apple Charlotte
Encrusted in egg bread slices and filled with tender, juicy caramelized apples, this French version of apple pie is an ideal dessert if you’re looking to switch things up at your next dinner party.
Flourless Pear and Cranberry Pie
Sweet, tart and deliciously crumbly, this pear and cranberry pie is like fall on a plate. Plus, with rice flour as a substitute for regular flour, this pie becomes a gluten-free treat that everyone can enjoy.
Hazelnut Dacquoise Torte
This decadent French dessert combines meringue and mousse to create a beautiful layered torte that can be prepared days in advance.
Anna Olson’s Apple Tarte Tatin
When flipped, this classic French apple tart reveals gorgeously glossy caramelized apples sitting atop perfectly golden puff pastry.
Anna Olson’s Lemon Meringue Pie
The Queen of Baking’s take on the always-classic lemon dessert is light, fresh and packed with incredible flavour.
Give your family and guests something to talk about with this stunning showpiece made with colourful macarons.
Flourless French Apple Tarts
These tarts have a shortbread-like crust, and use dates to help hold the crust together and add a subtle sweetness.
White Chocolate Cranberry Mousse Tart
Impress your guests with this chocolate-cranberry wonder. A rich and crumbly chocolate cookie crust is topped with sweet cranberry compote and surrounded by a light and decadent white chocolate mousse.
Classic Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee
Classic creme brulee with the perfect contrast of the smooth, creamy custard and brittle caramelized topping.
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.
Flourless Blood Orange Syrup Cake
Cornmeal and ground almonds give this cake great structure and a deliciously nutty texture, without the use of wheat flour.
Grand Plum Pudding
Studded with fruits, nuts and spices, this plum Christmas pudding isn’t kidding – it really is grand. Find out for yourself!
Cabernet Poached Pear and Walnut Strudels
Indulge in this delicious strudel of Cabernet-poached bartlett pears and crushed walnuts for an impressive dessert at your next dinner party.
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.
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.
Basic Gingerbread Cut-Out Cookies
Nothing gets the holiday magic started more than the distinct smell of gingerbread. This recipe has the perfect balance of cinnamon, ginger and allspice, combined with the deep, rich taste of molasses. Keep this one handy, because the soft cookies will be your go-to year after year.
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.