Celebrate the holiday season with these oh-so-Canadian Christmas desserts. Whether you want to slice up a piece of sugar pie or treat your family to decadent Nanaimo bar cheesecake, we’ve got all your favourite festive Canadian dessert recipes, just in time for the holidays.
Ugly Christmas Sweater Cookies
Once the curse of the holidays, ugly Christmas sweaters deserve to be celebrated, whether in the form of tasty cookies, or by sporting one at your next festive get-together (or better yet, both!)
Nanaimo Bar Trifle
You love the layers of this B.C. bar, which means you’ll love the chocolatey, creamy, coconut-filled trifled version. Dig in!
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Jen Scott’s Butter Tarts
If you’ve taken the time to tap the trees, boil the sap and bottle your maple syrup, this delicious recipe alone is worth all your effort.
Peppermint Nanaimo Bars
Turn this nostalgic treat into a fancy holiday dessert with this simple recipe. A chewy cocoa graham base is topped with a creamy custard filling, a chocolate glaze hit with a splash of peppermint, and dotted with crushed peppermint candies or candy canes to complete the festive look.
Maple Leche Flan
A classic Filipino dessert gets the Canadian treatment. When flipped, these flans reveal a mouthwatering maple caramel on top of a light and creamy egg custard.
Satisfy your sweet tooth with this Anna Olson’s pie recipe, packed with raisins, apples, currants, and cranberries.
Chocolate fudge, coconut and oats are rolled into delicious little bites, making a perfect kitchen-party treat.
Apple Maple Poke Cake
This tasty apple cake has morsels of fresh Canadian apples. Get the kids in the kitchen to help poke holes in the cake for the rich maple caramel sauce.
The Best Butter Tart Cheesecake
Whether you’re pro-raisins or purely a pecan fan, impress the dessert lovers in your life with an incredibly indulgent cheesecake, topped with a sticky, caramel butter tart filling and salty, crunchy pecans. Swap in nuts for raisins if that’s more your jam.
Pecan Butter Tart Squares
Forget finicky pastries and whip up a batch of these simple butter tart squares instead. Sweet, buttery shortbread acts as the base of these delectable Canadian treats.
Giant Maple Doughnut Cake
A fun and colourful dessert the whole family will love, this giant party-worthy doughnut is festive, sweet and mixes vanilla cake and Canadian maple syrup.
Nutty Canadian Candy Bark
Who doesn’t love chocolate bark? Make this crunchy treat part of your celebration with rich, roasted red peanuts, sweet raspberry jam and creamy milk chocolate.
Chocolate Bottom Butter Tarts
Shake up the classic tarts by baking a crumbly, chocolatey base. There’s still your favourite sweet, gooey filling, topped with a chocolate drizzle.
Maple Sponge Toffee
Crispy, lighter-than-air sponge toffee gets a classic Canadian twist with maple syrup! You’ll love the deep, rich caramel flavour the maple brings to this crunchy, stick-to-your-molars dessert.
Many Prairie families have a recipe for this much-loved pie that’s thought to have originated in the 1920’s. This simple vanilla custard pie has a graham cracker crust and is topped with lots of fluffy meringue.
Maple Crêpe Cake
Impress your family and practice your crêpe making skills with this beautiful cake filled with layer-after-layer of maple custard.
Learn how to make the Mennonite classic at home with this traditional fried cookie recipe from Saskatchewan.
Maple Cinnamon Rolls
Slip these light and fluffy rolls into the oven before you sit down for dinner, and the smell will waft into the dining room, just in time for dessert. Don’t forget to drizzle with maple glaze and serve warm.
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.
Nanaimo Ice Cream Cake
Turn that sweet tray favourite into a decadent True North dessert by layering the traditional base and custard filling with ice cream, then topping it off with chocolate.
Nanaimo Bar Pie
A Canadian wintertime or anytime classic, the Nanaimo bar, is transformed into one big, family-style pie. All of the flavours, textures and, of course, chocolatey goodness are in-tact, staying true to the original square while bringing something brand new to the table.
Giant Jos Louis Cake
Based on one of Canada’s most popular treats, this giant red velvet cake sandwich is filled with a creamy marshmallow-y layer with a milk chocolate coating.
You don’t need to be a lumberjack to enjoy these soft and sweet plaid sugar cookies!
Nanaimo Cheesecake Bars
The classic Canadian layered bar gets a cheesecake twist in this delicious treat that will quickly become a family favourite.
Canadian No-Bake Cheesecake Bars
You don’t even need to turn on the oven to whip up a batch of these no-bake desserts. A red graham cracker base and a few sprinkles make these creamy cheesecake bites celebration-worthy.
"Blue Ribbon" Apple Pie
The ultimate sweet tooth-satisfying comfort food, Anna’s no-fail apple pie recipe is sure to please.
If you’re from the Prairies, you’ll know these luscious little berries as ‘Saskatoons.’ Similar to blueberries, these tiny purple jewels are found by the bushel in the wild. Their sweet, nutty flavour make them perfect for jams, sauces, pies, crisps and crumbles.
Vegan Apple Crumble Tart With Salted Caramel
This delicious and decadent vegan salted caramel apple crumble tart is absolutely perfect for fall, but definitely one to add to your arsenal year round.
Rum and Eggnog Loaf
This rum and eggnog-infused loaf will satisfy your holiday cravings all winter long.
British Columbia: Nanaimo Bars
This bake-sale classic is popular around the country now, but its name is all B.C.
Chocolate Pumpkin Piecaken
Considered the ‘turkducken’ of desserts, this chocolate cake with a whole pumpkin pie baked inside is a fun way to surprise your guests with a double dose of dessert.
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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.
Spicy Maple Pumpkin Pie
Use less brown sugar and go straight for the maple syrup to sweeten up your pumpkin pie.
Maple Eggnog Crème Brûlée
Infused with Canadian maple syrup and festive eggnog, this decadent dessert is easier to make than you think.
Biscotti, 6 Ways
There are countless ways to customize this super simple biscotti recipe. Try cranberry and lemon, hazelnut and pretzel, cinnamon roll, or mix in your own festive flavours.
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