Whether we’re nibbling on Nanaimo bars, butter tarts, maple cheesecake or sugar pie, Canadians love dessert. Travel the country with us as we explore Canada’s sweetest treats that you’ll want to bake again and again.
The Ultimate Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
Thanks to its super-simple cut-out crust design, the berries and rhubarb filling are able to fully shine through. After all, there’s just something so irresistible about the combination of the sweet and tangy pink filling that keeps us coming back to this recipe year after year. Find more delicious pie recipes for every occasion.
Anna Olson’s Pecan Butter Tarts
Our favourite star baker, Anna Olson, knows butter tarts inside and out. Her various butter tart recipes span years and categories, all satisfying our proud Canadian sweet tooth. Here, Olson creates a pecan pie-inspired version, acting as a tribute to Canada’s friendliness with our pie-loving neighbours to the south.
Thunder Bay Persian Rolls
You’d be hard-pressed to find one of these delightful fried pastries outside of Thunder Bay. Known as ‘Persians’ locally, these sweet, cinnamon-flavoured treats are smothered in a vibrant strawberry glaze that’s truly delectable. Get inspired by learning about the history of these sumptuous rolls.
Great Canadian Toque Cake
Top off your meal with a tasty slice of this Canadian maple toque cake. Decorate the dessert with patriotic red and white icing, or go for a more festive colour combo.
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.
Butter Tart Ice Cream
Sweet, buttery pecan swirls and pieces of butter tarts make this a splendid treat that tastes just like your favourite tart.
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.
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.
Saskatoon Rhubarb Pie
What better way to enjoy the best of summer’s bounty than turning fresh picked Saskatoon berries and rhubarb into a sweet, summertime pie?
You don’t need to be a lumberjack to enjoy these soft and sweet plaid sugar cookies!
Classic Canadian Fried Dough Treat
This recipe for soft, melt-in-your-mouth fried dough comes straight from the carnival midway to your kitchen. Serve them warm with a selection of toppings, like nuts, chocolate sauce, caramel, or lemon juice with sugar.
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.
Apple Pie Butter Tarts
A mashup of two tasty Canadian favourites, even raisin haters will love the tasty morsels of apple in each gooey bite. Plus, these sweet tarts are flavoured with warm spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, making them extra irresistible.
Chocolate fudge, coconut and oats are rolled into delicious little bites, making a perfect kitchen-party treat.
Nanaimo Bar Pie
It was just a matter of time before pie and Nanaimo bars got together. Break out your pie pan and celebrate the flavours of your favourite B.C. bar with this chocolate-filled recipe. Each delicious bite has a crumbly graham cracker and coconut base topped with creamy custard and a rich chocolate glaze. For more great Canadian desserts, try one of these scrumptious options.
Nutty Canadian Candy Bark
A patriotic treat, the red and white in this bark comes from raspberry jam and white chocolate. It’s studded with peanuts for a pleasantly crunchy texture.
Coffee Crisp Cake
Layers of vanilla cake, creamy coffee icing and crispy wafer cookies add lots of texture to this cake, and the chocolate glaze is the finishing touch to making this dessert unbelievably delicious.
Secret Timbit Cupcakes
Your kid can have their cupcake and eat it too with these adorable treats that pack a sweet surprise.
Muffin Tin Strawberry Shortcakes
Not only are these tasty strawberry treats baked in muffin tins, they can serve as double duty for transporting your tasty creations to a party, potluck or summer picnic.
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 Butter Tart Pie
We’re here to reinvent butter tarts in every delicious form, including this sugary sweet and flaky pie that holds a gooey filling. You can stud the dessert with pecans or raisins, too.
Maple Cream Pie
Anna’s maple cream pie sits beautifully on a nutty pecan crust and is sprinkled with even more chopped pecans for a crunchy finish.
Canadian Moose Cupcakes
Honour the mighty animal that appears on our quarter with these cute cupcakes! These adorable chocolate cakes are sure to be a hit at your Canada Day celebration. Patriotic bonus points for making a dessert that incorporates Canadian maple cookies!
Butter Tart Cinnamon Buns
All the gooey goodness you know and love about butter tarts, baked into a warm, doughy cinnamon bun. Yep. You’re welcome.
Butter Tart Bars
A simple cookie base holds a delicious, maple filling studded with chocolate chips and walnuts. Slice into bars or squares for the perfect, crowd-pleasing bake sale treat.
Baklava Butter Tart Bake
A tasty dessert or brunch casserole that brings together your two favourite desserts in one gooey, flaky pan, filled with crunchy walnuts and plump raisins.
Tiger Tail Ice Cream
Face your fear of making ice cream with this easy recipe that will help you fill your freezer with that orange and licorice flavour that’s quintessential to so many Canadian childhoods.
Flapper Pie Dainties
Satisfy your cravings for this Prairie pie with an easy-to-bake bar. The warm, cinnamon-scented graham base is topped light vanilla custard and perfectly toasted meringue for all the layers of flavours you know and love – no fork needed.
No-Bake S’mores Cheesecake
For the campfire lover or that chocoholic in your life, this simple, no-bake dessert was made to delight.
Butter Tart Doughnuts
The flavour of the beloved Canadian butter tart is added to fluffy yeast doughnuts for a dessert so deliciously patriotic you’ll be singing ‘O Canada’ with every bite.
Whether maple, molasses or plain sugar and vinegar, taffy is a simple and sweet Acadian treat that’s full of tradition. The key to this recipe is working fast to pull, stretch and twist the taffy before it hardens.
Saskatoon Berry Buttermilk Ice Cream
Bright Prairie berries are delicious in jam and pie, but really shine in this sweet and tangy buttermilk ice cream. Smooth, creamy with a touch of vanilla, this summertime treat is best made with freshly picked berries but can be made with frozen too.
Strawberry Rhubarb Pastry Puffs
Tart ruby-red rhubarb is one of the first signs of spring in Canada, making it an extra special ingredient on your table. You’ll love this easy take on shortcakes, made with light and flaky puff pastry.
Giant Portuguese Custard Tart
Save those egg innards for this beautiful custard tart that will bring a sweet touch of spring sunshine to the end of your meal.
Butter Tart Banana Monkey Bread
There’s so much to like about this dessert. Pull-apart cinnamon bread is treated to sliced bananas and a mouthwatering butter tart filling sauce. Once baked, flip the bread and feast on the sticky-sweet bake.
Simple and comforting, this French Canadian dessert is topped with a hot maple syrup mixture before baking. Some of it bakes into the cake, and some will thicken into a sauce at the bottom of the ramekin, creating a warm, gooey treat.
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.
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.