Treat yourself to something sweet this season with our collection of classic Canadian cookies and squares. From minty Nanaimo bars to crumbly maple shortbread, fill your cookie jar and treat trays with these delectable dessert recipes.
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.
You don’t need to be a lumberjack to enjoy these soft and sweet plaid sugar cookies!
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.
The Ultimate Canadian Kitchen Sink Cookies
A versatile cookie that makes for the most satisfying snack any day of the week. Studded with Hickory Sticks, Coffee Crisp bites and maple fudge, it’s oh-so Canadian.
Light, buttery shortbread gets a Canadian twist with a hint of maple syrup. Bonus points if you have maple leaf cookie cutters!
Pie Thumbprint Cookies
Enjoy a few different favourite pie flavours with each bite of these tasty little treats.
Buttercream-Filled Maple Sandwich Cookies
There is a double dose of maple flavour in these delectable sandwich cookies. Opt for maple extract in the cream to give intense flavour without watering it down.
Butter Tart Pinwheels
Butter tarts turn into sticky, decadent curlicues that skip the muss and fuss of the traditional recipe. These pinwheels stack up just like a holiday cookie, adding an unexpected, classic Canadian pop to festive sweets trays. You can make these with either puff pastry or traditional pie dough — just be sure to make them!
Canadian Army Molasses Cookies
Found in the official 1946 Canadian Army Cook’s Manual, these sweet, chewy cookies were likely eaten by thousands of soldiers in mess halls across the country.
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!)
Maple Cookies with Maple Glaze
Maple-flavoured sugar cookies are topped with a sweet maple glaze.
Anna Olson’s Nanaimo Bars
Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Nanaimo Bars
This classic Canadian dessert gets a fall twist with pumpkin and cinnamon. Pumpkin butter cream is spiced with nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon sits atop a crunchy chocolate and coconut base, and is topped with a layer of dark chocolate. You may want to make extra because these will disappear fast!
Peanut Butter and Ice Wine Jelly Bars
This classic salty-sweet combo gets a grown-up twist with a swirl of sweet Niagara ice wine, giving these tasty squares a punch of Canadian flavour.
Grandma Morrissey’s Date Squares
Just like grandma used to make, this classic recipe has been passed down from one generation to the next before landing in your repertoire.
Vanilla Bean Spritz Shortbread
These lovely cookies are sure to impress your guests. The star shape can be achieved with a star-shaped tip on a piping bag or with a cookie press.
These icebox cookies by Anna Olson are made of tender tart dough that can be frozen for up to three months. Make the dough in advance so you have it on hand and are prepared when the next bake sale pops up.
Lemon Meringue Squares
These lemon meringue squares are a dressed-up version of a lemon square and are topped with a cooked marshmallow layer.
Caramel Toffee Squares
These sweet squares are as fun to make as they are to eat. Break out your rolling pin and get ready to smash toffee into delicious bits to sprinkle overtop of these scrumptious squares.
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
There’s a good reason you’ll find oatmeal chocolate chip cookies at most Canadian bake sales and potlucks – they’re almost as easy to bake as they are to devour. Saskatoon curler Darlene Danilyw made these gems for Lynn Crawford’s visit to the Granite Club Curling potluck.
Chock-full of dried fruit, pecans and warming spices, these mini versions of fruitcake are both pretty and practical — the perfect treat for any holiday celebration.
Grammie Bent's Dunkin' Snaps
Grammie Bent’s Dunkin’ Snaps, baked by Marsha Clarke when Lynn visited the he Waterloo County Quilters’ Guild, exemplify why gingersnaps are perfect little cookies. Whether you crunch them as they are or dip them in your double double, these spicy snaps offer warmth on cold Canadian days.
Nanaimo Cheesecake Bars
The classic Canadian layered bar gets a cheesecake twist in this delicious treat that will quickly become a family favourite.
Don’t forget to leave a plate of cookies and milk for Santa! These chocolaty ones are sure to please.
Chocolate Toffee Squares
Chocolaty and crunchy with chunks of toffee, you’ll love these simple squares.
Pecan and Chocolate Shortbreads
Shortbread cookies are spiked with a hint of rum, and jazzed up with roasted pecans and a drizzle of melted dark chocolate. Be sure to make extra because it’s impossible to eat just one!
Double Hazelnut Cookies
Roasted hazelnuts and smooth, velvety hazelnut spread come together in this delightfully chewy cookie.
Whether used in a pie, sauce or in bars, Canadians adore their butterscotch. This sticky, sweet butter and brown sugar confection is dotted with chocolate chips, walnuts and coconut, before it’s spread onto a cakey base to make an irresistible dessert.
Learn how to make the Mennonite classic at home with this traditional fried cookie recipe from Saskatchewan.
Olga’s Lemon Cake Squares
Serve up these delightful sweet and tart treats in generous, cake-sized squares. Your guests will thank you.
Sucre À La Crème with Maldon Salt and Pecans
Chewy maple fudge squares covered in savoury toasted pecans ready to pop in your mouth in just 25 minutes.