14 Holiday Dessert Recipes: Cookies, Rolls, Cakes, and More!

Ending my unofficial ‘dessert week‘ around here with a round-up of some of my favorite sweet recipes. What is on your baking list this holiday season? Wether it’s Christmas cookies, morning rolls, or a seasonal cake, I’ve got you covered with these 14 holiday dessert recipes below:

thumbprint cookie part of holiday dessert recipe round-up

This Shortbread Thumbprint Cookies with Cardamom Orange Caramel recipe deserves a spot on your cookie tray this holiday season. They are melt in your mouth buttery and spiked with aromatic cardamom and orange caramel sauce.

apple cake

This Apple Walnut Yogurt Coffee Cake recipe is the perfect fall sweet breakfast or afternoon snack. Serve it with a cup of coffee or peppermint tea.

stollen rolls part of holiday dessert recipes

This batch of Holiday Stollen Homemade Cinnamon Rolls are perfect for Christmas morning or for a lazy weekend around the holiday season.


This Cardamom Coffee Chocolate Biscotti recipe is perfect for the holidays or when you are planning to have friends over for tea or coffee. The biscotti can be made ahead of time and stored in an airtight container for up to a week.

Gingerbread Brownie Sundae with Peppermint Ice Cream & Molasses Drizzle

These Gingerbread Brownie Sundaes with Peppermint Stick Ice Cream & Molasses Drizzle are a fun and interactive dessert that allows your whole family to come together around the table to assemble their own.

brownie cookies for holiday sweet recipes

These Brownie Cookies with Rum Sugar are a delicious hybrid with a crispy crunchy outside and a gooey chocolate inside. They are a fun addition to any holiday cookie tray!

These Rye Caraway Snickerdoodle Cookies are an addictively spicy, sweet and savory cookie sure to surprise your friends and family.

These Cocoa Ricotta Muffins With Chocolate Streusel are dense and fudgy. This recipe is easy to whip up and perfect for an on the go breakfast, served with afternoon tea, or enjoyed as dessert.

Cardamom Orange Sour Cream Cookies

These Cardamom Orange Sour Cream Cookies with Candied Citrus Peel are a must for your holiday cookie tray! The cookies are soft with a touch of tang and don’t require you to roll out the dough or even chill it!

This Pecan Pie Sundae recipe is for all my ice cream lovers out there that would rather eat ice cream for the holidays than pies! Made using Hudsonville’s nutty Butter Pecan ice cream, homemade pie crust cookies, toasted nuts, and a drizzle of caramel – what’s not to love?!

These sour cream cookies with cranberry orange glaze are soft with hints of nutmeg and cinnamon. They are an easy cut out cookie that requires no chilling so you can whip these up in no time!

Sharing the recipe for this Lemon Poppyseed Meringue Pie from Petra Paredez’s cookbook, Pie For Everyone. This tangy pie is topped with a showstopper of torched meringue which makes it perfect for special occasions and holidays.

shortbread cookies for holiday dessert recipes

These Almond Toffee Shortbread Cookies are the perfect holiday cookie to fill out your cookie tray! Made with a hefty helping of butter, almond meal, and chocolate drizzle, these cookie bars are irresistible.

tahini chocolate chip cookies

These Salted Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookies are the perfect hybrid between indulgent chocolate chip and a rich nut butter cookie.

What are some of your favorite holiday dessert recipes to make? Let me know in the comments below! And make sure to tag Vegetarian ‘Ventures on Instagram and use #vegetarianventures if you end up trying any of these dishes out!


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