17 Christmas Cookies, Holiday Desserts, and Other Sweet Treats to Make Right Now, No Matter What You're Celebrating
This time of year, pies and Christmas cookies reign as the ultimate rulers of winter holiday treats — which is great and all, but let’s not forget about all the other amazing, irresistible, festive desserts that deserve just as much recognition. Personally, I will eat anything comprised of sugar, butter, and frosting, so I am never one to leave a dessert behind, pie or no. Since the holidays are a time to consume as much sweetness as possible, here are a bunch of delicious winter-time sweet treats that come in all forms. It's time to start baking!
Chocolate Chunk Ginger Cookies
What’s better than toasty chocolate chip cookies with a chewy center and slightly crunchy exterior, you ask? A toasty chocolate chip cookie made with molasses and ginger, duh. This gingerbread-chocolate chip hybrid is everything you ever wanted out of a holiday cookie (and more, probably). Find the recipe at Pastry Affair.
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Orange Gingerbread with Cream Cheese Frosting
Hot Cocoa Stirrers
Grandma's Butter Horns (Brown Sugar Walnut Rugelach)
If you’ve never tried rugelach, prepare to have your mind blown. Traditionally a Jewish/Eastern European treat, I’ve been seeing more and more of these in bakeries, so I’m happy their greatness is being recognized. Learn how to make the delicious strudel-esque sweets at Cookie Monster Cooking
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Holiday Mint Cookies
Spicy Chocolate Bark with Chipotle and Almonds
Peppermint Candy Cane Ice Cream
Christmas Sugar Cookies
Chocolate Peppermint Roll with Chocolate Ganache
Tangled Christmas Lights Cupcakes
Chocolate Orange Macarons
Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies With Peppermint Buttercream
Peppermint Mocha Ice Cream
More ice cream? Absolutely. Just because it’s a freezer in some places in the world doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy ourselves a cone of creamy perfection that is peppermint mocha (that’s right — like your favorite wintery coffee beverage from Starbucks). This recipe from The Simple Sweet Life shows you how to make these cones without an ice cream maker, which is awesome.
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Boozy Glazed Doughnut Holes
Doughnuts (or sufganiyot) are a Hanukkah special, so it’s essentially required of you to make an endless supply throughout all of December. Or maybe it’s my personal requirement. Either way, you can’t go wrong with these baby doughnuts made with alcohol and potato chips. Yup, potato chips and alcohol, aka all is right with the world. Get the recipe from What Jew Wanna Eat.
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