With the festive season approaching, holiday baking is on our minds. Yes, it’s the time of year when we enjoy our favourite sweets, but there is an easy way to add a lighter touch to your recipes: Greek yogurt! From traditional sugar cookies to cinnamon streusel-topped muffins, here are five holiday treats made with Greek yogurt as an ingredient.
Holiday Sugar Cookies
It wouldn’t be the holidays without the aroma of freshly-baked sugar cookies wafting through the house. Did you know that adding Greek yogurt to your cookie dough mixture will help you bake the most tender sugar cookies you’ve ever had? This recipe uses Oikos 0% plain Greek yogurt in both the dough and the icing, adding a slight tanginess to balance the sweet. Ready in about 30 minutes, you can easily whip up a batch for the office holiday party.
Gingerbread Spiced Pound Cake
Whether you’re wrapping gifts or getting your home ready for holiday entertaining, this gingerbread-spiced pound cake recipe is the answer to your snack cravings. Simply replace the crème fraîche with Greek yogurt for a lighter loaf that can be enjoyed all season long alongside a steaming hot mug of coffee, tea or hot cocoa.
No-Bake Breakfast Cheesecake Tart
When it comes to Greek yogurt recipes, this breakfast tart that doubles as a dessert will satisfy cheesecake aficionados everywhere. It’s an elevated take on yogurt and granola, made with an irresistible filling nestled on a crispy oatmeal crust. To give it a festive spin, add warming spices like nutmeg and cinnamon to the crust, and top with a bit of cranberry compote. It’s also really easy to make, so you can add it to your holiday brunch menu or dessert table in under 30 minutes.
Clementine Yogurt Pistachio Snack Cake
This dreamy snack cake is as delicious as it is versatile, allowing bakers of all levels to make simple swaps if you’re not feeling the clementine-pistachio combo. The recipe can also be used for a pretty, rustic loaf cake or divided into show-stopping cupcakes. Adding Oikos nonfat Vanilla Greek yogurt to the mix lets you cut back on the added butter or oil that’s typically called for in a snack cake.
Cinnamon Streusel Muffins
There’s nothing like the aroma of fresh baked goods to wake you up on a winter morning, and a holiday brunch spread just isn’t complete without a batch of freshly baked treats. These muffins have a burst of cinnamon in every bite, from the hidden layer of cinnamon streusel at its heart to the crumbly, spiced streusel topping. Using plain Greek yogurt in the recipe gives these tasty muffins a moist crumb, or use vanilla Greek yogurt as a great way to infuse the recipe with an extra layer of flavour.