50 Delicious Holiday Desserts from Around the World
I have a weakness for anything sweet, and the holidays are no exception! We asked recipe creators to share their favorite holiday desserts from around the world. I can’t wait to try these recipes during the holidays and I have a feeling you will want to try them too!
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Best Holiday Desserts from Around the World
Holiday Desserts from Around the World
If you are looking to celebrate this holiday season, consider trying one of these holiday desserts from around the world. We love learning about other cultures and a great way to teach your kids is through their stomachs! Save these holiday dessert recipes and be sure to share your favorites!
Sweet mince pies are a classic British, Christmas dessert. Sweet filling of dried fruit, apple & citrus soaked in brandy is baked in easy crusts beautifully decorated with a festive design and powdered sugar.
Brigadeiro is a traditional Brazillian confection that is not quite considered fudge, truffle nor a bonbon, but something completely in and of itself. Kids will love making and eating this delicious dessert.
Maraschino cherries wrapped in coconut and tossed in graham cracker crumbs. As a newer country, one of Canada's most popular desserts during the holidays appeared in the last 100 years and the recipe is passed down through generations. It's a no bake dessert that is easy to make with younger kids too.
Coconut barfi is the ultimate Desi~licious sweet delight. It's saturated with coconut love and delightfully sweet and creamy to the core. I adore it for its coco-nutty flavour. My twist uses blue spirulina to give it a dazzling blue colour - radiating all the celebratory vibes. Plus, it's 100% vegan and contains zero added sugar.
Everyone loves traditional Eastern European Christmas treats - especially these Polish kiflies, which are easy walnut crescent Christmas cookies. They are delicate, addictive, and buttery - they just melt in your mouth!
You’ll find versions of this Scandinavian Almond cake mostly in the northern United States, where a great majority of Finns and Swedes initially immigrated years ago. It’s easy delicious and makes a lovely holiday presentation!
This simple no-bake milk tart (melktert in Afrikaans) is a classic South African dessert. The creamy milk-based custard is cooked on the stovetop, poured into a cookie crust, and then dusted with cinnamon.
An Australian & New Zealand classic, Pavlova is a heavenly dessert confection that is light as a cloud with a crunchy meringue outside and soft, marshmallow-like interior. Topped with sweetened whipped cream and piled with fresh fruit, this dessert is naturally gluten-free, always a crowd-pleaser and the perfect finish for any meal!
This Sri Lankan Breudher Cake is a yeasted cake that’s very popular in Sri Lanka during festive times. This Breudher Cake strikes a great balance between delicious buttery richness and the fruity, citrus flavour of blood oranges, with a hint of boozy sweetness from the brandy soaked raisins.
Cocadas are coconut treats from Latin America. These soft, chewy coconut mounds are mixed with dulche de leche and studded with macadamia nuts. Cocadas are like macaroons, but much better! These are so simple to make, kids will love helping and eating them!
Sticky Toffee Pudding Cake is a deliciously moist, date cake drenched in a warm butterscotch-toffee sauce. It’s a classic and iconic British dessert popular in all of England, Scotland and Ireland, and it’s easy to see why!
Butter tarts are a Canadian tradition, especially at Christmas. And this Butter Tart Cake is easy to make and has butter tart filling is swirled into a delicious butter bundt tart cake. It's then smothered in a creamy brown butter maple glaze. It's a delicious butter tart in the form of a cake. The perfect dessert for your Christmas dinner!
English trifle is a traditional dessert or “pudding” served at Christmas throughout Britain. This dessert has layers of pound cake, Creme Anglais, fresh fruit, and whipped cream. Raspberries and poached pears, make this dish a festive accompaniment to any holiday meal.
This easy to make holiday bread is similar to a fruitcake, but not as moist. The best thing about this recipe is the secret ingredient in the middle, marzipan (also known as almond paste). Once you taste it, you will want to make this holiday recipe year round.
Bustrengo cake - this ancient cake with roots in San Marino, a microstate surrounded by Italy, was traditionally prepared by locals in a fireplace in a copper pot and served especially on winter holidays or Sundays.
These Icelandic Pepper Cookies, also known as piparkokur or pepparkokur, are a popular Scandinavian Christmas cookie similar to gingersnaps. They are beautifully chewy and easy to make from scratch with no unusual ingredients!
It is tradition to eat apples dipped in honey at the start of the Jewish new year, to ensure a sweet year ahead. This crockpot recipe was created as an easy, delicious and different way to make an apple and honey dessert when your oven is already fill dishes for the holiday dinner.
Cream puffs are made from a choux pastry (aka pâte à choux) which is just a light pastry dough made with flour, eggs, butter, and water. The puffed up hollow shells are perfect for filling with pastry cream or whipped cream for an easy, elegant dessert!
You can make this Swedish Sticky Cake in no time flat and it is very tasty. Quick, easy, chocolatey, and called Kladdkaka in Sweden, this is a great dessert. We also include a raspberry sauce that is a perfect combination for this recipe and can be done in minutes.
This traditional recipe for Bethmännchen marzipan cookies is one of the most famous German Christmas cookies. The outside is firm and crisp, the inside is chewy, and they're studded with three crunchy almonds. Gluten-free. You only need 6 ingredients and 20 minutes.
Lussekatter is the most vital part of a Swedish Christmas! Made in time for Saint Lucia day these sweet saffron buns are eaten all through the holidays, and usually made in the traditional shape shown here.
The Krumkake is a delicious Norwegian cookie made with a specialty iron and is a great Scandinavian recipe tradition. Often times it has a cardamom flavor and its cone shape is perfect for a whipped cream filling.
This orange almond cake from Spain is one of our favourite winter cakes while oranges are in season, and it’s always a hit over the holidays. The fresh citrus flavour and pudding-like texture are a perfect way to end a rich meal or holiday feast.
In the Cuban community a flan must grace the holiday table. This keto flan is silky smooth, creamy, and features a perfectly clear, amber-colored caramel sauce. It’s a traditional classic with a keto twist.
If you visit Greece close to Christmas, you’ll eat far too many of these delicious Christmas honey cookies. Imagine a cross between baklava and an ooey, gooey pecan pie and you’ve got these. They’re so perfect for giving as gifts to your neighbours and friends.
These pignoli cookies are incredibly quick and easy to make and are a typical Italian cookie with a crisp exterior and chewy interior. They can be made with or without almond paste and there’s even a paleo option. Regardless of which version you make, there are only five ingredients!
A hint of cinnamon and red chile in a brownie provide the base for this indulgent Mexican Chocolate Trifle with Orange Curd and Pomegranate Pudding. The fresh orange curd gets a hint of cinnamon, and the pomegranate pudding with its pomegranate juice, pomegranate molasses, and pomegranate arils gets thickened with tapioca. The result is a festive, holiday trifle with vibrant and fresh Mexican flavor! Fantástico!
Kirsten is a family travel expert who has been traveling with kids for over 20 years. She is also the content creator behind Groups Are A Trip, a site for planning trips with extended family and friends.