A collection of impressive winter treats to bake for the holidays, or any day you need a cozy pick-me-up!
Sometimes, you just need the perfect sweet treat to enjoy with a warm cup of coffee and watch the snow fall.
I have often wondered what people cook in the winter where it doesn’t actually snow or get very cold.
Does hot cocoa taste as good? Do you even feel motivated to bake?? So many questions!
It’s my official opinion, however, that everyone needs a good aresenal of winter baking recipes to cheer you up when the winter blues start creeping in.
So even if you live in Florida…you have my permission to indulge in some therapeutic cold-weather treats. You’re welcome!
• Impressive + Easy Pecan Desserts for the holidays
• Must-Try Cold Weather Comfort Food Meals
This post likely contains affiliate links. Please see our disclosure for more info.
15 Winter treats to bake: cozy + delightful
With recipes like hot chocolate cupcakes, spice cake bars, winter cherry cobbler, and so many more, there is something here for whatever you are in the mood for.
These fun winter baking recipes might even help you get your mind off those frigid temps outside! (Or at least give you an excuse to stand by the oven. Ha!)
15 Best Winter Treats to Bake
Brown Butter Pecan Pie Cookie Bars Recipe ~ Barley & Sage
A brown butter shortbread cookie crust and a bourbon and medjool date filling makes these pecan pie cookie bars rich and irresistible!
Chocolate Hazelnut Tart
Nothing beats a rich chocolate dessert in the cold months. This chocolate hazelnut tart melts in your mouth delicious and it’s quick and easy to make!
Hot Chocolate Cookies with Homemade Marshmallow Fluff
Yes, it's hot chocolate in a cookie! Fluffy homemade marshmallow filling is nestled between two rich chocolate cookies and the result couldn't be more delicious.
Healthy Gingerbread Loaf Cake
This Gingerbread Loaf Cake is a fantastic treat for cold winter days. Curl under your blanket with a cup of favorite tea and a slice of this magical cake for a perfect winter experience.
Soft and Chewy Snickerdoodles
Snickerdoodles were a childhood favorite of mine. I just love the crinkly texture, sweet crispness and how light they are. This recipe is definitely a keeper for winter baking!
Spice Cake Bars with Peeps in Snow Frosting
This spice cake bar recipe is a super fun winter treat to bake. Take them to a Christmas gathering or just enjoy with the kids at home!
Winter Cherry Cobbler
My kids absolutely love cherries, and this is a wonderful way to enjoy them in the winter for an after-dinner treat! (Or eat it for breakfast. We won't judge!)
Almond Snowflake Cake
A special cake pan makes this almond-flavored cake not only beautiful but holiday-ready and so fun to make!
Apple Frangipane Tart with Cranberries, Orange and Cardamom
This apple cranberry frangipane tart is flavored with orange and cardamom and makes a delicious winter treat to bake for any occasion.
Sticky Fig Pudding Cake
A delicious way to use dried figs in the middle of winter! This self-saucing dessert creates a brown sugar sauce under the cake as it bakes. Less than 10 minutes of prep time - perfect for a quick weeknight dessert.
Hot Chocolate Cupcakes
Can you tell we're hot chocolate fans in this house? 😉 Hot chocolate cupcakes are like everyone's favorite cozy winter drink in cupcake form! Rich chocolate, fluffy whipped cream -- you can't beat it.
White Chocolate and Raspberry Loaf Cake
Fluffy, moist and decadent describe this Raspberry Loaf Cake made with fresh raspberries and a white chocolate icing with lemon zest on top! Make this easy loaf recipe for brunches or when you need a little sweet treat with your cup of coffee in the morning.
Nutella Cheesecake Brownies
This beautiful brownie swirled with cheesecake has so many layers of flavor! The nutella makes it unique and lends a wonderful twist to everyone's favorite fudgy brownie.
Carrot Cake Truffles
Kids will have a blast making these and they're a great idea for gifting, too! Carrot cake meets cake balls in a delicious bite-sized winter dessert.
Apple Cinnamon Pie with Lattice Crust
Apple Cinnamon Pie is filled with fresh apples in a buttery, spiced glazed and topped with a decorative lattice crust. It's an all-American treat, and making this beautiful pie is a great way to spend a winter afternoon.
We hope you enjoy these winter baking recipes as much as we do!
Stay warm and cozy and let us know your favorite fall or winter desserts in the comments. 🙂