Every year as the holidays approach, I can’t help but want to start baking (and eating!) delicious treats. They’re in stores, on magazine covers, and all over my Pinterest feed. Yet even with access to so many yummy-looking recipes, time and time again I end up baking the same frosted sugar cookies. And don’t get me wrong, they’re delicious, but I’ve decided that this is going to be the year I branch out and try a few new recipes.
In case any of you are in the same boat, or are just looking for something new and delicious to bring to a holiday gathering, I thought I would share with you my top 20 holiday treat list. I’m shooting for trying at least 3, which shouldn’t be too hard considering how tasty they all look. Cookies, cakes, marshmallows, and milkshakes… there’s truly something for everybody! Since we’re not heading home for the holidays this year, I think most of my baking will be for our neighbors (and our own weekend desserts of course) but I’m excited to possibly find some new favorites.
Hope some of these recipes inspire you to make something new and sweet this holiday season!
Hot Chocolate Floats – This is definitely on my must-try list, oh my goodness.
Maraschino Cherry White Chocolate Cookies – The combination of cherry and white chocolate in these cookies sounds sweet and delicious!
Salted Caramel Pudding – I love salted caramel anything, so I can find no fault in this pudding recipe. I especially like that there’s a cookie layer at the bottom.
Mini Fruit Pizzas – I’m sure these are not only delicious, but they look so darn pretty!
Eggnog Biscotti Cheesecake – You can’t get more festive than eggnog, right? This is one that I’m curious to try since I really haven’t had or made anything similar.
Brown Butter Funfetti Sugar Cookies – I think you could serve these for just about any occasion, they look simple and yummy.
Gingerbread House Milkshake – I don’t think I’ve met a milkshake I didn’t like. And gingerbread flavor… sounds good to me! You also have the option of adding a splash of ginger flavored brandy.
Homemade Turtles – I love how easy and quick this recipe is. I think they’d be great for making and placing in a holiday tin as a gift.
Gingerdoodles – I hadn’t seen this before, but I love the idea of taking a ordinary snickerdoodle and twisting in some ginger dough. Yum!
Chocolate Dipped Pretzels – These are a super easy treat to make. I especially think using white chocolate and crushing up some peppermint would be good together.
Grasshopper Mint Cookies – I’m a fan of all things mint, especially Andes mints, so these look like perfection to me!
Chocolate Peppermint Bark – This is something I definitely end up purchasing around the holidays, but now I may just need to take a hand at making it. It doesn’t sound too hard!
Toffee Coffee Cookies – Though these too can be made anytime, but I think they sound great to have around the holidays. Especially as leftovers in the morning with a cup of coffee.
Chocolate Dipped Marshmallows – The topping options are endless, but I like the mixture of sprinkles, pistachios, and andes mints that this recipe uses.
White Coconut Cupcakes – I think with the right shavings of white chocolate these would look like yummy snow-topped cupcakes.
White Chocolate Ginger Cookies – This isn’t a combination I’ve had before, but it sure sounds good!
Cinnamon Carmel Corn – I love munching on tins of popcorn, especially carmel corn. Adding some cinnamon to the mix sounds delicious.
White Chocolate Peppermint Mocha Cookies – These look beautiful for being a quick no-bake recipe.
Andes Mint Cookies – Another take on using Andes mints in cookies… just pop one in the middle of a fluffy sugar cookie. Sounds good to me!
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Happy holidays and happy baking!