The holidays would not be complete without an extraordinary dessert! It’s what everyone looks forward to all year. Don’t limit yourself to just pie and cookies this holiday season. From Christmas pudding to holiday cakes, and Italian Christmas desserts these 35+ Must-Have Holiday Dessert Recipes will be sure to put a smile on everyone’s faces this year!
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I live for the holidays! Especially dessert. I’m such a fat kid at heart and there is always some sort of yummy treat around this time of year. Planning a whole holiday dinner takes a ton of effort and you can’t forget the part that everyone is waiting for. One year, my grandmother-in-law insisted that we start our Thanksgiving dinner with dessert first since “that’s what everyone wants anyway!”
What Should I Bake For the Holidays
My grandmother had a point though. We all look forward to baking around the holiday season. With more and more recipes coming out each year, it’s hard to tell which ones we should try next!
I’ve collected a whole bunch of delicious holiday dessert ideas in case you’re getting tired of the same old thing! Here is a sampling of what I have for you:
- Holiday pies, crisps, and crumbles
- Easy Christmas pudding recipes
- Holiday Cakes
- Holiday Cheesecakes
- Holiday Cookie Recipes
Without further ado, let’s get started on what everyone wants anyway (I love my grandmother-in-law)!
Holiday Pies, Crisps, and Crumbles
You can’t have the holidays without pies, crisps, and crumbles! They are essentials so make sure they’re fantastic.
Easy Christmas Pudding Recipes
I have never had this tradition of eating pudding for Christmas but I know some people do! With that, I wanted to share with you some delicious Christmas pudding recipes that everyone will enjoy.
Now, these holiday cakes range from festive pumpkin and Thanksgiving-inspired cakes, all the way to a German Stollen recipe! Any way you have it, you have your cake and eat it too for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
I couldn’t quite fit cheesecakes in with holiday cakes because they’re in a whole different ball field. I’m sure you’ll still love these easy holiday treats.
Holiday Cookie Recipes
We all know that the reason we bake cookies around this time of year is that of Santa. However, we definitely need to taste test a few before we give them over to the jolly man! Here are a few that I think Santa would enjoy.
Essential Tools for Holiday Dessert Recipes
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While all of these recipes vary greatly, I feel like there are some essential tools that everyone could stand to use during this holiday baking season.
Baking sheet pans (affiliate). You can do most of your holiday baking on baking sheet pans. I like to get a few different sizes to fit my needs.
Silicone baking mats (affiliate). These are a perfect solution for reducing parchment paper waste when it comes to baking your holiday dessert recipes. They’re non-stick and reusable which makes them perfect for baking!
A good cake stand. When making one of these delicious layered cakes, you really want them to stand out. Make sure that they fit the cake size you’ve baked and be ready to stun everyone!
A good stand mixer is a must of you’re wanting to do a lot of holiday baking this year. This is the one (affiliate) that I use and love and I know that you’ll love it as well.
I like having lots of mixing bowls (affiliate) of different sizes because you may need a few for one recipe.
Throw out your measuring cups, I never want to see them in your kitchen again. You’ll get more precise measurements when you use a food scale (affiliate)!
If you have fallen in love with any of these recipes, tell me all about it down in the comments below!
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