Some holiday dessert favourites you have to try

‘Tis the season to be sweet

Holiday baked goods are always better when you make them yourself. (Unsplash/ Clu Soh)

The season of festivity is here. Whether you celebrate a holiday or not, one thing is certain: this is the time to bake dessert, so get ready to challenge yourself while making sweet holiday treats. 

Classic shortbread

This list starts off with one of the most popular holiday desserts: the classic shortbread cookie. This delicious, yet simple dessert is one anyone can make every year and it never fails to be a hit.

This is not to suggest that you immediately go out and make the hard shortbread that is usually decorated. Those are still delicious and all, but the better and easier recipe is the buttery, melt in your mouth, whipped shortbread. Once you try these, you’ll never go back, and there are lots of recipes out there. 

DIY gingerbread house

One of the best activities to do around the holidays is decorating a gingerbread house. This could be done with the whole family, friends, or by yourself. Make it a competition to see who
can make the most artistic gingerbread home.

After years of buying the package from the grocery store, where the cookie is stale and you get the smallest amount of icing and candy, challenge yourself this season. Bake your own gingerbread cookie house pieces, and you can add all the candy and icing you want. 

Peppermint brownies

If one thing symbolizes the holiday season, it’s peppermint. Every year, there are new ways to incorporate this minty flavour into dishes of all kinds. If you are a fan of candy canes and brownies, look no further. 

These peppermint brownies will be a hit at any holiday party. It’s one step up from the delicious peppermint bark, except you get the rich, chewy chocolate brownie bottom, the minty bite on the top, and the smooth feel of the ganache on your tongue.

Gingerbread pumpkin pie

What’s more festive than gingerbread and pumpkin pie? Combining both of them into a gingerbread pumpkin pie. It will wow people who insist on having pumpkin pie during this time of year, as well as change things up with a new twist on these two separately delicious desserts. Finish with a streusel topping! 

Sticky toffee pudding cake

This cake has everything desired in a decadent dessert. It’s rich, buttery, and has the perfection of a traditional sticky toffee pudding. It’s a traditional English dessert, and one that I think of and crave often during the holidays. It’s soft, chewy, and has the perfect amount of that caramel toffee flavour and texture. 

The recipe for this dessert can take a bit longer, but the results are amazing and are sure to impress your guests and your belly.