23 Traditional Holiday Desserts from Around the World
Dulce de Leche Cheesecake
Easy Chocolate-Almond Croissants
Refrigerated crescent rolls make recreating this rich French pastry so easy. Stuff the dough with creamy almond paste and dark chocolate. This simple Christmas dessert is best served warm from the oven!
Italian Amaretti Cookies
These light and airy bites are flavored with almonds and amaretto liqueur. A sprinkle of coarse sugar just before baking adds an extra touch of sweetness.
For pretty, Austrian-inspired cookies, slather buttery cookie dough with raspberry preserves and then slice into spirals and bake. This big-batch Christmas cookie recipe makes 72 cookies—which makes it ideal for cookie exchanges and giving as delicious food gifts.
German Chocolate Wafer Cookies
Plum-Almond Kuchen Roll
This old-world German recipe bakes into a tender, fruit- and nut-filled pastry. Top the baked roll with a creamy homemade butter icing.
Test Kitchen Tip: If using dried plums, soak them in boiling water before adding to the filling.
Sugar & Spice Steamed Pudding
Cast-Iron Hot Gingerbread Cookie
Chunky Dried Fruit Cake
A take on the classic dessert that has roots in ancient Rome, this Christmas fruit cake recipe features five kinds of dried fruit and three kinds of nuts.
Sweet Vanilla-Polenta Pudding
Tiny seeds from a vanilla bean give this dessert pudding its mouthwatering flavor. Rich mascarpone cheese topping adds decadence. Serve the pudding warm with a scoop of apricot jam.
Ginger Pear Galette
Madeleine Cookies with Vanilla Bean Buttercream
Honey-Roasted Pears with Caramel Sauce
The secret to these moist and flavorful, Mexican-inspired pears is basting the fruit with a honey-spice and vanilla bean syrup during roasting.
Sweet Ricotta with Amaretti and Fresh Plum Sauce
Macaroons flavored with sweet almonds are known in Italy as amaretti cookies. They make a delightful topper for this creamy fruit dessert.
Test Kitchen Tip: Make the creamy ricotta topper up to 24 hours before serving.
Festive Rice Pudding
Greek Honey-Dipped Cookies
"Melomakarona," a traditional Greek Christmas cookie, is made in a rounded shape so it retains its soft texture. After the cookies cool, they are dipped in a mixture of honey and spices.
We've added lemon glaze to Germany's famous cardamom- and cloves-spiced, honey cookies. These holiday cookies will keep up to seven days before serving.
Caballeros Ricos (Bread Pudding with Almonds and Cinnamon Syrup)
Honey Pistachio Tart
Simply flavored but incredibly delicious, this pistachio-packed tart is a French-inspired finale to a holiday party. It's rich, dense, and infused with the sweet essence of honey.