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8 Festive Desserts To Bake This Holiday Season

Christmas time brings with it so many different traditions, and by far the best, is the yearly ritual of holiday baking. Maybe you’ve been filled with Xmas baking spirit, need to prepare something to bring all the family dinners, or you finally have some time off to don your apron, either way the result will be the same: delicious desserts.

To give you some baking inspiration this holiday season, check out the compilation of Christmas themed treats below, pulled from the most decedent ends of the interwebs. Note that the ingredient breakdown only lists “special” ingredients, so things you may not always have stocked in your pantry, as opposed to basic baking necessities like leaving agents.

Photo cred – Cafe Delites

Candy Cane Fudge Brownies

Ingredients: Candy cane, spelt flour, cocoa powder
Time: 30 minutes

Dietary caution should typically be thrown the wind when baking, but these brownies try to have a healthy edge by incorporating spelt flour over the regular white stuff. Crushed candy canes mixed into the batter will definitely balance out any nutritional boosts, if you were worried.

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Photo cred – Sally’s Baking Addiction

Red Velvet Seven Layer Bars

Ingredients: Cocoa powder, red food colouring, shredded coconut, chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, chopped pecans
Time: 1 hour minutes, 3 hours with cooling

You will be taken to a veritable seventh heaven with these red velvet seven layer bars, which are not only Christmas-y coloured, but also a holiday miracle in deliciousness. Do ensure to wait the recommended time to let the bars set, if you can exert that much self control. I couldn’t.

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Photo cred  – Woodland Bakery Blog

Candy Cane Cake Pops

Ingredients: White cake, mini candy canes, buttercream icing, melted white chocolate
Time: 1 hour

Never buy a cake pop from Starbucks again, and you won’t once you realize how easy to make at home. Buying boxed or already baked cake, along with prepared frosting, will cut the prep time in half, making a incredibly cute treat that comes together without the break of a sweat.

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Photo cred  – Averie Cooks

Fudgy Eggnog Bars with Eggnog Glaze

Ingredients: White chocolate chips, eggnog, cinnamon, nutmeg, icing sugar
Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

As delicious as eggnog is as a drink, nothing beats the Christmas beverage’s brownie form. Topped with a velvety eggnog icing, you won’t be able to go back to liquid ‘nog.

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Grinch Heart Raspberry Filled Sugar Cookies

Ingredients: green food colour, raspberry jelly, green sugar crystals
Time: 1 hour 45 minutes with cooling.

Don’t fret, these cookies don’t taste like a bad banana with a greasy black peel. The only thing these cookies share with the character of their namesake a green exterior.  Feel free to change up the jam filling if anything else fits your fancy.

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Photo cred  – Belly rumbles

Traditional Christmas Cake

Ingredients: Dried fruits, brandy, crushed pineapple, ground spices
Time: 2 hours

A classic holiday dessert, this cake gains its “traditional” title for the fact that the recipe is claimed to come from the creator’s mother. Whether that’s true or not, you can rest assured the recipe still makes for a great Christmas food cake.

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Photo cred – Savor the Baking

Christmas Sugar Cookies

Ingredients: Vegetable oil, icing sugar
Time: 1 hour 40 minutes with chill time

Keeping it simple is never a bad call, and while these cookies look a little plain, they’re big on flavour, and can always be decorated for more festive flair. If you need holiday baked goods on the fly (’tis the season and all that) it’s best to make a bunch of cookie dough in advance, because once the dough is sufficiently chilled, the cookies come together in no time.

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Photo cred – Kitchen Sanctuary

Xmas Duffins With Mulled Cranberry Jelly

Ingredients: Caster sugar, ground cinnamon, whole milk
Time: 30 minutes

For those not in the know: muffins + donuts = duffins. Somehow that become a thing in the baking world, so don’t stress if you don’t recognize the term, just know that the fusion of the two is amazing. Perfect for some holiday baking experimentation, these holiday pseudo-jelly donuts are worth the weird name.

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