Penguin Cream Puffs
Good luck finding cream puffs cuter than these penguins. Start with your favorite cream puff recipe. (Or try ours.) The magic comes at the end: Once they’re baked and stuffed with whipped cream, dip each puff in melted chocolate then use sprinkles to create a penguin face and feet.
Frozen Snowman Banana Pops
If you’re warm enough to enjoy a frozen treat, reach for these cute snowman banana pops. Each snowman starts with three banana slices, making this dessert a little healthier than your average Christmas cookie. After coating the banana slices with melted white baking chocolate, dress your snowmen with sprinkles, mini chocolate chips, fruit leather, and mini peanut butter cups.
Cute Winter Hat Cake
As sweet-looking as anything you have in your coat closet, this "knit" hat tastes sweet, too. Baking it in an oven-safe bowl creates a round shape without having to do much trimming. Fashion a pom-pom on top and a knit pattern on the sides using vanilla buttercream tinted with your favorite colors.
Cardinal Heart Cookies
Your heart-shape cookie cutter probably doesn’t get much use other than Valentine’s Day. Well, these cardinal cookies will change that. With help from red food coloring, melted chocolate, and orange and yellow candies, these cookies look like they're ready to take flight.
Polar Bear Donuts
Winter's mascot, the polar bear gets its white fur from frosting and shredded coconut. This is a family-friendly project, too. Just stack store-bought cake donuts (or make your own), marshmallows, and mini powdered donuts.
You don’t have to wait for the weather to cooperate to build a snowman. Decorate a stack of marshmallows to your heart’s content. We used pretzel sticks, melted chocolate, and mini orange candies to create these edible snowmen, but any sprinkles or candies you have on hand will work. (They're a good use for any extra Christmas cookie decorations.)
These penguin cookies taste as good as they look! Even better, you only have to mix up one batch of peppermint-flavored dough to create an entire flock. A few dabs of black and orange food coloring will give you the colors you need for their feathers, beaks, and feet.
Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups
Try these adorable hot chocolate cookie cups instead of a classic cup of hot cocoa (they're even sweeter!). The trick to making a cup-shape cookie is to place the dough in a muffin tin, press down the centers with a measuring spoon, and bake. Fill them with decadent chocolate ganache for the “cocoa,” and top with whipped cream and mini marshmallows for a rich dessert that's almost over the top.
Snowflake Cookie Wreath
We’re happy to let it snow when the “snowflakes” are actually sugar cookies. Grab a couple snowflake cookie cutters and arrange the resulting flurry into an edible wreath. A generous drizzle of white frosting and a dusting of sprinkles and edible glitter makes this gorgeous winter dessert recipe festive enough for a party.
These pinecone cakes look fancy but they’re easier to make than you think. To get the signature pinecone shape, bake your favorite cake recipe in mini egg cup pans. (The cakes will come out looking like ovals.) Cover a layer of cream cheese frosting with sliced almonds to make each cake look like a newly fallen pinecone.
Easy Holiday Marshmallows
A mug of hot chocolate makes us happy. But a decorated jumbo marshmallow on top has us grinning ear to ear. With a few colors of melted candy coating, your design options are endless. Our favorites include snowflakes, snowmen, and striped peppermint candies.
Cardinal Cake Pop
You’ll never catch us turning down a cake pop, especially when they're as adorable as these. Instead of circles, form your cake pops into crescents to look like cardinals, then decorate with red candy coating and sprinkles. To give your cardinals a place to land, make “snow drifts” out of white almond bark and shredded coconut.
Chocolaty Melting Snowmen
Watch out, Frosty is melting on top of these chocolate cookies! A halved marshmallow covered with melted vanilla candy coating makes it look like a snowman is melting and all that is left is its face and hat (made with sprinkles and peanut butter cups).
Hidden Snowman Cake
Underneath the drifts of frosting on this chocolate cake is a surprise: a hidden snowman. The trick is to bake a separate vanilla cake, then make cutouts with a snowman cookie cutter. Stand them up in a tube pan, then cover with chocolate batter to hide them away until the first slice.
Winter Wreath Donut Bites
Winter is the season of wreaths, so it only makes sense to create a treat to match. You can easily turn a bag of plain donut holes into a dessert that looks worthy of hanging on your front door. Just pipe green frosting over a ring of donuts, then finish with a quick red frosting bow on top to tie them all together.
These jolly snowmen look like they could be made of snow instead of egg whites and sugar. Because meringue is easy to pipe, you can easily stack up a crowd of snowmen. Decorate them with melted chocolate arms, buttons, and faces, and use an orange sprinkle for a carrot nose.
Sugar Cookie Mittens
These mittens won't keep you warm on cold winter days, but they will satisfy your cookie craving! The cookies will hold their shape best if you let them chill in the fridge for a few hours before cutting and baking. Personalize them with sprinkles and powdered sugar icing.