With the holidays fast approaching, I have been in full baking queen mode! Nothing puts me into the holiday spirit quite like baking. The holiday season is a special time for me. It’s filled with family, friends, and tradition. One of those traditions, for me, is a counter full of baked goods at any given point in time between now and January 2nd! While the classics are staples in my home, and you can’t beat the experience of icing sugar cookies with family, I love trying new things and exposing my dear guests to assorted treats they may not be familiar with.
Sharing new flavors and new foods with family makes my day. Seeing how faces light up when I place a beautifully baked pie on the table, and listening to folks talk about my baking for weeks after is such a good boost to my self-esteem. The biggest compliments you can pay me are to go back for a second helping, and to ask for my recipe!
So, if you are looking for something new to sweeten the holiday season this year, then read on!
If you have not had frangipani, you are missing out! It’s basically sugar, butter, and almond, with some egg and flour to bind it together. It’s then filled into a pie or other pastry and baked.
You can combine it with a whole slew of flavors, from apricot to caramel. This recipe, using raspberry and rhubarb, adds a delightful sharpness to the dish, elevating it to something that even your pickiest holiday guests are likely to love!
I had never even heard of frangipani before I started watching The Great British Bake Off, and even then, it took me a while to work up to trying it. Not that I wasn’t interested, but more that I never saw it in local restaurants or bakeries, so I hadn’t even considered making it at first. I finally said forget it, and got out my tart pan, and I don’t regret it at all! My husband has already asked me when I’m making another one.
Macarons have always been my husband’s favorite dessert. They’re soft and crunchy, with a smooth texture, and a delicious cream filling.
For those of us who have some more grown up gatherings in mind, these champagne macarons are not only classy and mature, but delicate and perfect for parties! Macarons can be tricky to make, but they are well worth the time and effort, especially if you’ve never had fresh macarons!
Macarons can be made with pretty much any flavor, and there are plenty of versions out there for kids to enjoy too. These champagne macarons are great for New Years parties, or holiday dinners where you want to impress some folks.
Okay, so in the spirit of honesty, I have to admit that cannoli isn’t exactly a new treat at our holiday table, since my husband’s family is Italian after all. However, until recently I had never made fresh cannoli. Apparently the last time his dad had fresh cannoli was before my husband’s grandma had died.
Can you imagine the look on his face when he bit into the cannoli and realized it wasn’t store bought? And they’re so easy to make! If you haven’t had cannoli before, I cannot recommend this enough. They are also really fun to make with others, so if you have smaller hands or visiting family who want to help, then this may be a good idea to try out.
Pomegranate is one of my favorite holiday flavors. It’s bright, and elegant, and fun. Whether it’s pomegranate soda, or pomegranate in desserts, I love that funky little fruit! Pair it with chocolate, and it’s a win-win situation all around.
This particular recipe is a no-bake, which can be a life saver during the holidays. With my oven already packed full of turkey, green beans, and rolls, plus my stove top dedicated to cranberries, mashed potatoes, gravy and a few other things…I need all the make ahead and no-bake items I can get!
Is there anything more quintessentially holiday than eggnog? Okay, so there probably is, but my point remains. Eggnog=holidays! Eggnog basically replaced milk in my house from October onward, so if I can incorporate it into dessert, my husband is a happy man! Trifles are such fun, easy desserts to make, that everyone should do one in their life.
While trifle may not be the prettiest of desserts, it is a crowd feeder and a crowd pleaser! It can be made to look very pretty with some love and care. If you’ve got a lot of mouths to feed though, trifle is the way to go!
Sticking with the cranberry theme here, because I almost never use up all of the cranberries I get for dinner and need to find some other ways to cook with them. Enter, the cranberry cake! This cake is delicious, moist, and full of cranberries. Plus, I love hard sauce. And before you ask, no, it is not a spiked sauce, though you certainly can add some rum to make it pack a punch!
Meringue, whipped cream, chocolate, berries…this dessert ticks all the boxes. Traditionally, boccone dolce is served like a cake, but these mini versions are adorably bite-sized!
In sharp contrast to a lot of holiday desserts, these ones are light and refreshing. They make for a nice change of pace in the otherwise heavy, and sometimes overwhelming, list of holiday dishes. If you like meringues, you have to try this dessert.
These baklava cups have all the tastiness of baklava, in bite-sized form. Baklava was a special treat for me growing up. My dad would make it for birthdays and it was always such a wonderful treat. My husband had never had baklava until about a year ago, when I made it for him for the first time.
Give baklava a chance, it may end up being your new favorite!
These tasty desserts are kind of like a dessert version of a Yorkshire pudding. Kind of. They are such decadent and posh desserts, well worth the effort. If you’ve got a romantic evening for two planned at some point during this holiday season, these desserts are a perfect way to cap off the evening. The recipe makes six though, so feel free to have some for breakfast the next day too!
Pecan Pie cheesecake is a fun twist on a holiday classic for our home. We love pecan pie in my house. My mom and my mother-in-law are in constant war over who’s recipe is better! So, it’s about time that I entered a horse in this race. Cheesecake is delicious, and just about everyone loves it. In my picky-eater father-in-law enjoys a good cheesecake. This one, is sure to be a hit!
So there you have it, ten unique desserts you should try out on unwitting guinea pigs, er–I mean, on your loving friends and family! But in all seriousness, these are set to become some fast family favorites. Which one are you going to try first? Let me know in the comments below, and happy holidays!