The winter season brings with it the happiest of holidays. From Christmas to Hannakuh and New Year’s and everything in between, we have sweet treats for everyone on your list. Here are some classic holiday recipes to help create an epic holiday spread for all holidays guests.
Bake Holiday Cookies
One of the most classic holiday desserts is a tray of freshly baked homemade cookies. If you are a chocolate connoisseur, try these Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies and if you are entertaining guests with different diets, try these Vegan Hazelnut Cookies. Serve with a hot cup of coffee or tea and cozy up for a lovely winter evening together or virtually.
How about Holiday Brownies
Brownies are anything, but basic, especially when it comes to the holidays. Channel the spirit of the Christmas season with these Naturally Colored Christmas Tree Brownies or try some Peppermint Pistachio Brownies, which provide a chocolatey mint flavor, perfect for the holiday season.
Leftover pumpkin from the fall harvest? Bake up a batch of Pumpkin Brownie Bites or add a dash of color to the Christmas dessert table with a tray of Raspberry Cheesecake Brownie Swirls. If you prefer something classic, stick to Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Brownies, Salted Caramel Brownies or S’mores Brownies.
Make Gingerbread Everything
If pumpkin is the unofficial produce pick of the fall season, then gingerbread is undoubtedly the flavor of Christmas. This holiday season, bake up a batch of Gingerbread People or combine the flavors of fall and winter in this recipe for Pumpkin Panna Cotta Pie with Gingerbread Crust. Channel your Christmas culinary creativity and try these Chai-Glazed Gingerbread Mini Bundt Cakes or these Pumpkin Gingerbread Cupcakes with Maple Cinnamon Frosting perfect for adults and children alike.
Prepare a Christmas Pie
During the winter months, a freshly baked homemade pie is a part of every tablescape. Classic holiday pies range from Holiday Pecan Pie to Simple Paleo Pumpkin Pie and even Simple Sweet Potato Pie. This Christmas, if you are looking to try something new, try one of these delicious holiday pie recipes:
- Apple Cardamom Custard Pie
- Brown Butter Cherry Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie
- Chocolate Almond Pudding Pie
- Double Berry Pie
- Paleo Chocolate Mint Cream Pie
Tip: Instead of Christmas pie, try a Winter Black Forest Trifle.
Serve a Christmas Cake or Cupcakes
Nothing says the holidays like a slice of Spiced Pecan Fruit Cake. Made with candied orange peels and dried cranberries with a splash of dark rum, this Spiced Pecan Fruit Cake is a Christmas staple at any dessert table. If guests prefer something more bite sized, try these Santa Hat Cupcakes or serve up a slice of Cranberry Pistachio Bundt Cake. Celebrating Hanukkah? Bake a Hanukkah Apple Bundt Cake or try one of these other delicious winter cakes:
- Caramelized Pear Upside Down Cake
- Dairy-Free Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake
- Pegan Pumpkin Cheesecake
- Vanilla Rose Cake
Don’t Forget New Year’s
Planning on hosting a New Year’s Eve gathering in-person or virtually? Here are some sweets and treats perfect for ringing in the New Year holiday.
- Champagne Cupcakes
- Golden Glamour Cake Pops
- Midnight Cupcakes
- Southern Bourbon Balls
This Christmas season, make more mindful desserts with these five winter recipe ideas that will be sure to impress holiday guests no matter what the celebration. Happy holidays everyone!