It’s the most wonderful time of the year — for those who enjoy baked goods, that is (and we hope that’s you!). We’re counting down to the holiday season with our most popular holiday dessert recipes ever. From easy holiday cookies that you can whip up for a last-minute get-together to the most show-stopping standout holiday cakes and bars, you’ll want try every last one of these festive treats.
The Ultimate Baklava Cheesecake
If you’re looking to knock the holiday socks off your friends and family, this is the recipe that will do it. It combines two incredible recipes: cheesecake, and pistachio-topped baklava. The crisp phyllo crust studded with pistachio nuts pairs perfectly with the smooth cream cheese filling in this dessert mashup.
Chocolate Hazelnut Mille Feuille
While a Mille Feuille sounds fancy (and tres dificile!), it’s actually easier than you might think to whip up this French pastry by utilizing store-bought puff pastry. Our version swaps out the traditional cream filling for an amped-up chocolate and hazelnut variation that’s just what the holidays are about: comfort and decadence.
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Gooey Brown Butter Maple Pecan Squares
This Canadian classic is a must-have for any holiday dessert spread. And bonus: these are only improved by making ahead of time as the setting time allows them to come together. That means less last-minute baking, and more time spent with loved ones!
Classic Jewish Cinnamon Twist Cookies
The smell of cinnamon and sugar are an instant reminder of holidays past to many, especially Jewish families who grew up with these classic twist cookies. And guess what? They’re easy to recreate, coming together with ingredients you most likely already have in your pantry.
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Gingerbread Spiced Pound Cake
Pound cakes are versatile; they’re a lovely dessert over tea, but just as easily enjoyed over coffee for a holiday breakfast. This recipe uses Greek yogurt for an extra moist cake, plus gingerbread spice and vanilla bean paste for a rich flavour.
Gingerbread Spiced Shortbread Wreath Cookies
Oh, you thought that was all the gingerbread-spiced dessert goodness we had for you? Think again! These adorable wreath cookies are insanely aesthetic for the ease they can be made with. Rosemary sprigs, candies and a few edible flowers make these tasty bites sing (and will make them the hit of a holiday bake sale, we guarantee it!).
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A classic German Christmas treat, Spritzgebäck cookies are lightly flavoured with vanilla, almond and lemon and piped using a piping bag to create their ridged shape. These are finished with a dip in chocolate ganache and a sprinkle of nuts of your choice.
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Triple Gingerbread Bundt Cake
Your home will be filled with holiday spice when baking this triple gingerbread bundt cake. Drizzled with a browned butter glaze, it’s an impressive-looking (and tasting!) bite to end a holiday feast this festive season.
Holly Jolly Peppermint Nanaimo Bars
Nanaimo bars are a Canadian favourite, and these are made even better with a holiday twist of crushed candy canes to top the classic bake. Mint and chocolate are a beloved winter pairing — we recommend elevating these even further by enjoying with a peppermint tea or cup of hot cocoa.
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Eggnog Brûlée Cheesecake Bars
Eggnog plus creme brulee plus cheesecake. Do we really need to sell you any further on these? A Biscoff cookie base is topped with an eggnog-spiced cheesecake filling and the whole thing is finished with a crisp caramelized sugar top. They’re a surprising wintertime dessert that your friends and family will be raving about well into the new year!