‘Tis the season, and whether you’re going to be having a quiet one or spending a lot of time with family, there’s never a bad time to get into baking. What better way to celebrate the holidays than baking winter-themed desserts?
As far as pleasing folks, you can’t go wrong with baking, and your baking experience will only get better as you get more practice. Desserts are enjoyed by most, and they make for a great addition to any gathering or party. If you don’t manage to eat your desserts in time, you can always freeze them for a later date, as most desserts freeze quite well.
Dessert #1: Gingerbread Cheesecakes Are Quintessential Winter-Themed Desserts
Gingerbread has always been a staple of the holidays, so why not try to work it into fun recipes other than cookies? You’d be surprised how well gingerbread can work with other ingredients, and you won’t regret preparing this no-bake dessert. Of course, unless you want to make your own gingerbread cookies, then you’ll have to bake those from scratch! But otherwise, crushing up some already made cookies will work perfectly as the base.
For those that prefer to bake, gingerbread will fit right in with any baked cheesecake recipe, simply switch out the biscuit base for cheesecake and enjoy!
If you’re not a fan of gingerbread but you’d still like to make your cheesecakes a little naughtier, you could try an oreo cheesecake instead! Separate the cream from the cookie, and mix the cream into your filling and use the cookies as a base! It’s no healthy snack, but it’s delightful to those with a sweet tooth!
Dessert #2: Cookies
If gingerbread cookies weren’t on your to-do list this year, then you’re making a big mistake. It’s the perfect treat to get you in the mood for the holidays, and it can be a fun activity to do either alone or with the family! Getting people involved is part of the activity, so if you let people in on creating your gingerbread cookies, you’re only going to get more out of it.
If you’re feeling extra creative, people often take the time to build their own gingerbread houses! If you’ve got the know-how to make the cookies, you’ll have no trouble preparing the pieces you need for a gingerbread house in no time. If you’re not feeling like baking but would like to make one, there are pre-baked kits you can get in stores!
It’s not just gingerbread cookies you should consider. Any kind of cookie goes down nicely with a warm glass of milk. Check out this recipe for homemade chocolate chocolate chip cookies. You might also like these Christmas cookie ideas:
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Dessert #3: The Versatile Crumble
There’s a crumble recipe out there for everyone, and it’s the perfect dessert that can be shared or stored. It’s one of the more flexible desserts you can make, and it’s a wonderful opportunity to work some fruit into the treat. Enjoy cherries? Enjoy apples? Enjoy custard? There’s no need to eat all of them separately, crumble can accommodate it all into a delicious dessert. If you’re cooking for others, why not try making different flavors? You can’t go wrong with a little experimenting, and your crumble will be enough to satisfy all at any event.
Dessert #4: Christmas Pudding
While not a traditional dessert all over the world, if you’ve never given it a try, you should consider it in the upcoming holiday! This traditional British pudding is made by families around the world every year and is something you should consider treating yourself to.
It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s certainly an experience you shouldn’t miss out on. There are so many recipes from so many different countries if you aren’t willing to give them a try, then you could be restricting yourself from your next favorite dessert.
It’s a raisin-based pudding that’s had its recipe perfected over the years, as most recipes have been handed down by the generations. Check out the odd home cooking blogs if you want to get the most out of your Christmas pudding recipe.
Dessert #5: Yule Logs – Winter-Themed Desserts That Oooze the Winter Vibe
What’s Christmas without a traditional Yule Log? If you’re someone that enjoys both chocolate and cream, or chocolate cream, then a Yule Log is the dessert for you! They can be great fun to make, and just as fun to decorate once they’re done. Yule Logs never leave leftovers, so if you’re planning a gathering in the coming holidays, you’ll want to make one of these for your guests. Why not try putting your own fruity twists on it? A hint of orange, raspberry, or strawberry can really make it interesting.