Are you bored with your usual holiday bakes? Need some new Christmas baking ideas for inspiration this season? Do you want to make something different and unique for Santa when he stops by? Cookies and cakes are great, but they are everywhere during the festive season. Go beyond the classics this season with these indulgent holiday dessert recipes, from cinnamon-glazed gingerbread donuts to hot chocolate Nanaimo bars.
Brown Butter Maple Pecan Squares
A perfect mash-up of pecan pie and butter tarts, these ooey, gooey brown butter maple pecan squares will quickly become a favourite. Make a few batches ahead of time to serve when guests stop by or for a great addition to your holiday dessert table.
Cranberry Bliss Bars
The holiday season and cranberries go hand in hand, and the festivities wouldn’t be complete without these coffee shop-inspired treats. Made with a buttery pistachio shortbread base, dried cranberries and a sweet cream cheese icing, everyone will be asking for the recipe after just one bite.
Want a sweet and savoury holiday bake for your brunch table, make these vegan one-bowl vanilla rosemary scones.
Gingerbread Doughnuts With Cinnamon Glaze
If you’re short on time but want to whip up a homemade holiday dessert, these easy gingerbread donuts are ready in less than 30 minutes. Finish them with a simple cinnamon glaze, and sprinkles for some festive flair.
Holly Jolly Peppermint Nanaimo Bars
A traditional Canadian treat gets a festive makeover with this recipe for peppermint Nanaimo bars. Before the mint-chocolate glaze sets, add some crushed candy canes for extra flavour and a dash of colour.
Experience the ultimate Canadian dessert square in cheesecake form with this recipe for Nanaimo bar cheesecake.
Giant Glazed Cinnamon Bun
What’s better than a freshly baked tray of cinnamon buns? A giant, shareable cinnamon bun with a vanilla glaze. When serving, slice it into wedges so you can see the layers of cinnamon filling throughout the sweet bread.
One Bowl Cocoa Brownies
A simple, one-bowl brownie recipe is exactly the kind of holiday dessert recipe you want when you’re short on time. You can also have a lot of fun in choosing the perfect topping, whether you go with fluffy mini marshmallows, crushed gingerbread, or toasted coconut.
For festive desserts that will feed a crowd, try one of these holiday dessert bars inspired by Holiday Baking Championship challenges.
Miso Apple Crumble
Miso paste is a game changer when it comes to apple crumble, giving it a deep salted caramel flavour that pairs beautifully with the tart fruit. It’s a cozy, fuss-free holiday dessert recipe that would be the ideal finale to a turkey dinner with all the fixings.
Hot Chocolate Nanaimo Bars
A wintery twist on the Nanaimo bar, this Christmas baking idea is a wonderful treat for holiday potlucks or a cookie exchange. While it has the usual chocolate-coconut base, the custard layer is spiked with hot chocolate mix, and mini marshmallows are sprinkled across the chocolate topping.
Curl up under your favourite blanket with a Nanaimo bar and a mug of this divine chocolate orange hot chocolate.
Sticky Toffee Pudding
A classic British dessert, sticky toffee pudding is one of those Christmas baking recipes that you’ll fall in love with at first taste. Serve it with a warm toffee sauce and some vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, or a rich vanilla custard.
Chocolate Pecan Caramel Tarts
If you’re planning an elegant holiday dinner, you can’t go wrong with chocolate caramel pecan tarts for dessert. They’re a decadent treat with a rich chocolate-pecan filling in a nutty pecan pastry.
A beloved pie meets popular Italian pastry in an irresistible apple cannoli tart.