This delicious collection of treasured holiday baking recipes is perfect for any holiday celebration, large or small.
You'll find mini cakes, layer cakes, pies, and a very festive gingerbread cake. Plus plenty of cookies because in my book, December is cookie month.
Happiest of holidays and happy baking, friends!
This delicious collection of favorite holiday baking recipes is suitable for any occasion, whether it's a small dinner party, a large holiday party, or a family meal.
- #1. Gingerbread Cake
- #2. Overnight homemade cinnamon rolls
- #3. Frosted brown butter citrus shortbread cookies
- #4. Cranberry pistachio cookies
- #5. Soft and buttery homemade Dinner Rolls
- #6. Pumpkin chocolate chip bread with white chocolate ganache
- #7. New York cheesecake with a shortbread crust
- #8. Chewy brown sugar cookies
- #9. Intensely flavorful spice cake
- #10. Mini chocolate peppermint cupcakes
- #11. Mini cranberry bundt cakes with lemon glaze
- #12. Mini chai latte cupcakes
- #13. Olive oil cake with lemon mascarpone pastry cream
- #14. Cranberry pineapple upside down cake
- #16. Cast iron skillet maple pecan pie
- #17. White chocolate cranberry cookies
- #18. Chocolate almond cake with chocolate orange buttercream
- #19. Orange olive oil cake with mascarpone frosting
- #20. French apple crumb cake
- #21. German apple pie
- #22. Black bottom banana cream pie
- #23. Chocolate mousse pie
- #24. Chocolate almond pie
- #25. The classic French Napoleon
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#1. Gingerbread Cake
This gingerbread cake is moist through and through and filled with the flavors of ginger, cinnamon, allspice, and molasses. The tart lemon glaze and sugared cranberries are the perfect complement to the richness of the cake. If you like gingerbread that's richly flavorful, with a potent level of spice that's also well-balanced, this is your recipe.
"Caked turned out gingerbread spicy with a great sweetness from the candied cranberries. Husband said, 'Now this is a proper Christmas cake.'" - Todd
#2. Overnight homemade cinnamon rolls
These rich and buttery homemade cinnamon rolls with gooey swirls of cinnamon sugar and vanilla cream cheese icing rise in the refrigerator overnight, making them an easy Christmas morning treat.
"I made these rolls yesterday and they were just wonderful! My husband thought they were the best cinnamon rolls he has tried. A keeper for sure!" - Jessica
#3. Frosted brown butter citrus shortbread cookies
These are, without a doubt, the BEST tasting decorated Christmas Cookies I've ever eaten. Brown butter citrus shortbread is delicious all on its own - buttery, not overly sweet, and laced with the subtle flavors of orange, lemon, and lime.
Dark and white chocolate fondants are easy to work with, gorgeously glossy, and taste wonderful with the brown butter citrus flavor of the cookies.
"These cookies are delicious! I love the coloring of the frosting! So pretty!" - Liz
#4. Cranberry pistachio cookies
These incredibly rich and tender pistachio shortbread cookies are baked with a dollop of cranberry orange sauce, then drizzled with vanilla icing, and topped with a crunchy sprinkle of roasted pistachios. They are pretty little jewel-like cookies with all the right flavors and colors for the holiday season.
"We added these cookies to our yearly Christmas cookie boxes and they are so amazing! They were easy to make and the flavor is spot on. Will definitely be making these cookies again next year. Thank you!" - Liz
#5. Soft and buttery homemade Dinner Rolls
These dinner rolls have been a staple recipe in my family for decades.
They show up on holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas, and on birthdays, and family dinner nights, and nearly every time someone in my house says, "Can we have those rolls?" Or, when someone invites us to dinner and says, "Would you please, please bring those rolls?"
"So good! Super soft and fluffy, some of the best rolls I've ever had! And they were surprisingly easy to make! Love this recipe!" - Emily
#6. Pumpkin chocolate chip bread with white chocolate ganache
This super easy pumpkin chocolate chip bread glazed with white chocolate ganache falls somewhere between a decadent quick bread and soft, chocolate-studded pumpkin cake.
This recipe can be used to bake a standard 9-inch loaf cake, mini loaf cakes, or pumpkin chocolate chip muffins.
"Wow! This pumpkin bread is amazing!! Love that you paired white chocolate with the pumpkin, such a great combo! The melted white chocolate in the batter adds so much richness. Delicious!" - Chelsey
#7. New York cheesecake with a shortbread crust
This is everything you need to know to bake the ultimate rich and creamy New York-style cheesecake. The recipe includes a traditional shortbread crust, but if a graham cracker crust is more your style, you'll find instructions in the recipe.
"This is hands down the perfect cheesecake. Great texture and flavor, is not overly sweet, and something I always get requests for. Another winner!" - Judy
#8. Chewy brown sugar cookies
These little brown sugar cookies are outrageously soft and chewy with an intense toffee-like flavor that comes from brown butter, brown sugar, and vanilla.
"Wow, I made these cookies this week and am in love! They were so soft and chewy, and the brown sugar gave them such a wonderful depth of flavor. Do yourself a favor and make these cookies ASAP!" - Amanda
#9. Intensely flavorful spice cake
This is my idea of the perfect Spice Cake. It's super moist and packed with the rich flavors of cinnamon, cardamom, allspice, cloves, nutmeg, and ginger. Dark brown sugar, applesauce, yogurt, and plenty of vanilla add even MORE flavor, while also keeping it moist and extremely tender.
"I have been making a different spice cake annually for years and finally found one I will come back to again and again. Thank you for this delicious recipe, the chocolate frosting was a perfect touch!" - Liz
#10. Mini chocolate peppermint cupcakes
I am totally head-over-heels in love with these little two-bite chocolate peppermint cupcakes. Rich and fudgy chocolate cupcakes covered in peppermint spiked cream cheese buttercream with a fun candy cane swirl. They are, in my mind, exactly what Christmas should taste like.
#11. Mini cranberry bundt cakes with lemon glaze
These tiny little cranberry bundt cakes drizzled with a sweet-tart lemon glaze are almost too cute to eat. Almost. Actually, not at all. I just ate four and am going back for more.
#12. Mini chai latte cupcakes
Richly flavored with chai and vanilla, these two-bite chai cupcakes are like Christmas in your mouth. The cupcakes themselves are extremely simple to make. You won't even need an electric mixer.
"These cupcakes are so cute and perfect for Christmas! I love chai latte and never thought about making desserts with it!" - Natalie
#13. Olive oil cake with lemon mascarpone pastry cream
This Olive Oil Cake is exceptionally moist and flavorful, with a sugary crust and deliciously fine textured crumb that’s not overly sweet.
On it's own, it's one of my all-time favorite cakes, but split in half and filled with a thick layer of Lemon Mascarpone Pastry Cream puts it in a new category of YUM.
"I’m a very experienced baker and thought I had baked just about everything, then I came across this recipe and was intrigued as I had never made or had an olive oil cake. I made it today with the lemon mascarpone and it was outstanding! It’s the perfect flavor combination for summer, and will definitely be made many more times!" - Amy
#14. Cranberry pineapple upside down cake
Buttery little cranberry pineapple upside-down cakes baked with pineapple slices, tart cranberry sauce, and gooey brown sugar caramel glaze.
"Delicious cake! The combination of tart cranberries, sweet pineapple, and moist airy cake was incredible! Loved every bite:) Making your own cranberry sauce is definitely worth it - nothing from a can could compare and it’s really not that much effort! I used the juice from my zested orange instead of lemon juice - it was perfect!" -Valerie
#15. Almond cake with cranberry sauce
Almond cake is one of those desserts that seems rather plain and unassuming and then blows you away with how delicious it is. This recipe is very simple to make and only includes a handful of ingredients. But the finished result is both rich and elegant.
#16. Cast iron skillet maple pecan pie
This cast iron skillet pecan pie is rich, creamy, and packed with the flavor of toasted pecans and maple syrup.
Although corn syrup is traditionally used to make pecan pie, this recipe uses maple syrup instead. A touch of sour cream creates a silky smooth texture and plenty of toasted pecans add a nutty crunch to every bite.
Cast iron is an excellent conductor of heat and the perfect pan to use when you want a pie with a golden, flaky, evenly baked crust.
"My husband is Canadian and loves Maple. So I knew I had to try this. I made it last weekend and it was a hit! Seriously- this is the best pecan pie I've ever tasted let alone made. Thank you so much for my new go-to recipe!" - Christina
#17. White chocolate cranberry cookies
These white chocolate raspberry cookies are HUGE, soft, chewy, oh so buttery, raspberry-studded pieces of cookie heaven. And if you think I'm overstating things, just make them and see for yourself.
"Delicious! Who would have thought - raspberries in a cookie. The flavor combo of raspberries, lemon, and vanilla is refreshing and biting into a raspberry that retains its tart zing gives you a happy boost! Thanks for another great recipe." - Valerie
#18. Chocolate almond cake with chocolate orange buttercream
This one-layer chocolate almond cake is both dense and light, supremely chocolatey, a little bit boozy, and honestly one of the best things that has ever come out of this chocolate lover's tiny kitchen.
"This cake was incredible! It had the most decadent crumb and the frosting was to die for. And your pictures are stunning! Mine wasn't as pretty but still tasted great!" - Nicole
#19. Orange olive oil cake with mascarpone frosting
This light, tender, impossibly moist orange olive oil cake has a gorgeous, subtle natural orange flavor thanks to orange-infused olive oil. When layered with orange marmalade and creamy mascarpone frosting it's a light and creamy cake that's bursting with bright citrus flavor.
"First of all, this is SO beautiful! My decorating skills pale in comparison to yours, but the cake turned out so delicious. I can’t wait to check out all of your other recipes!" - Gen
#20. French apple crumb cake
The traditional French Apple Cake is a simple one-layer cake with an exceptionally high proportion of fruit to cake. It’s typically flavored with rum and has a texture that’s more custardy than cake-like. Like all things French, it contains a lot of butter and is all the more delicious for its elegance.
This French apple cake is a loose variation of that simple cake and includes a thick, buttery crumb topping.
"I made this for a large family dinner party. I had a lot of apples that needed to be harvested off my apple tree so it seemed like the perfect recipe to try. I was blown away. Not only is the “cake” absolutely beautiful the flavors were so wonderful. It’s a perfect autumn cake full of warm and comforting flavors. I highly recommend and I will be doing this cake again very soon." - Pride
#21. German apple pie
German Apple Pie is one of the easiest and creamiest apple pies I've ever baked. The filling is simply cinnamon and sugar-coated apples covered in cream and sprinkled with sugar.
The pie is gorgeously rich, flavorful, and so easy to make that it's become one of my favorite holiday recipes.
"I wish I had this recipe years ago, but going forward this will be my go to for apple pie. This recipe checks all the boxes for me, flavorful And easy. Thank you!" - Rene
#22. Black bottom banana cream pie
This Black Bottom Banana Cream Pie includes layers of chocolate pastry cream, vanilla rum custard, bananas, and whipped cream in a buttery vanilla wafer crust.
It's incredibly rich, creamy, and indulgent without being overly sweet, and has been a favorite recipe in our family for years and years.
"Oh my goodness! Thank you so much for this recipe - I made this last week and it was just wonderful!!! Will be making this again to share with family!!! Delicious!!!" - Ashley
#23. Chocolate mousse pie
This dreamy no-bake chocolate mousse pie is impossibly light, delicate, and everything we love about a really, really good chocolate mousse. It's NOT stodgy, heavy, or cloying at all. And, it's so easy to make, it borders on ridiculous.
The milk chocolate mousse filling is light, silky smooth, and the perfect amount of sweet. The whipped cream topping makes the texture even more pillowy while the Oreo cookie crust adds a bit of chocolate crunch to every bite.
"I wanted to prepare something for the kids without having to spend too much time in the kitchen. Absolutely love this recipe – so easy!!!! Thanks for this incredible dessert." - Kate
#24. Chocolate almond pie
This creamy, fudgy, intensely chocolate pie studded with roasted almonds and a hint of bourbon is for serious chocolate lovers only. You chocolate-is-ok-sometimes kind of people need to find yourselves another pie because this one is pure, unadulterated chocolate, and extremely unapologetic and in your face about it.
"I made this pie for Thanksgiving last year and it was such a SUPERSTAR that I'm making it again this year! The rich chocolate filling is perfectly balanced by the toasted almonds and that hint of bourbon. It's the perfect dessert for a special occasion and such a crowd-pleaser!" - JJ
#25. The classic French Napoleon
The classic Napoleon Dessert (mille-feuille) includes flaky puff pastry layered with creamy vanilla pastry cream.
It's one of those classic French pastries that exemplifies everything I love about French pastry - It's elegantly simple and deliciously indulgent.
"Wow! There are not enough stars for this treat! This is possibly the best thing I’ve ever made. My friends told me it was better than the French bakery down the street! It is so so delicious. The pastry cream really makes it! I can’t wait to find other things to do with this pastry cream! I could have eaten it just on its own!!" - Bird