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25 deliciously decadent desserts to make this holiday season

25 delicious desserts holiday season

This modern take on crowd-pleasing Black Forest cake is the perfect ending to your holiday meal. Author: Amanda Barnier, Jennifer Bartoli and The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

Baking & Desserts

25 deliciously decadent desserts to make this holiday season

Wow guests with a festive dessert at the end of your holiday feast, whether it's a trifle, cake or a traditional yule log.

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25 deliciously decadent desserts to make this holiday season

Pear, Fig and Almond Galette

With seasonal fruit, honey and almonds, this galette makes an impressive dessert.

Get the recipe: Pear, Fig and Almond Galette

By: Irene Fong and The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

25 deliciously decadent desserts to make this holiday season

Black Forest Pie

This modern take on crowd-pleasing Black Forest cake is the perfect ending to your holiday meal.

Get the recipe: Black Forest Pie

By: Amanda Barnier, Jennifer Bartoli and The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

25 deliciously decadent desserts to make this holiday season

Sufganiyot Tower

These doughnuts, traditionally enjoyed at Hanukkah, taste best when eaten the day they are made, but it won't be difficult to find volunteers to help finish off this impressive tower of jam-filled treats.

Get the recipe: Sufganiyot Tower

By: Irene Fong and The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

25 deliciously decadent desserts to make this holiday season

Chestnut Cream Pavlova

This delicate meringue-based treat is a twist on the famous French Mont Blanc dessert. For best results, assemble it just before serving.

Get the recipe: Chestnut Cream Pavlova

By: The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

25 deliciously decadent desserts to make this holiday season

Pomegranate, Pistachio and Apricot Bark

Ruby-red pomegranate seeds add the perfect amount of tang to this sweet and salty dark chocolate bark.

Get the recipe: Pomegranate, Pistachio and Apricot Bark

By: Jennifer Bartoli and The Canadian Living Test Kitchen Credits: Ronald Tsang

25 deliciously decadent desserts to make this holiday season

Chocolate Hazelnut Trifle

Chunks of chocolate cake doused in hazelnut liqueur and layered with dollops of chocolate-hazelnut pastry cream make a spectacular dessert. 

Get the recipe: Chocolate Hazelnut Trifle

By: Irene Fong and The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

25 deliciously decadent desserts to make this holiday season

Crunchy Caramel Bûche De Noël

Need a dessert to wow even the most discerning dinner guests? Look no further than this traditional holiday cake, updated with white chocolate birch bark topping and buttery toffee filling.

Get the recipe: Crunchy Caramel Bûche De Noël

By: The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

25 deliciously decadent desserts to make this holiday season

Cranberry Pear Meringue Nests

For an unforgettable finale, treat your guests to their very own cranberry-filled meringue nests. A boozy whipped cream, known as a syllabub, makes a festive topping.

Get the recipe: Cranberry Pear Meringue Nests

By: The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

25 deliciously decadent desserts to make this holiday season

Eggnog Pie

We've turned the beloved holiday drink into an extra-creamy, richly flavoured pie that's sure to be a hit with your guests. 

Get the recipe: Eggnog Pie

By: The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

25 deliciously decadent desserts to make this holiday season

Fresh Fig and Almond Tart

This stunning tart showcases delicately flavoured figs. For best results, choose ripe ones that are plump, tender and heavy.

Get the recipe: Fresh Fig and Almond Tart

By: The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

25 deliciously decadent desserts to make this holiday season

Mini Cherry Almond Christmas Cakes

Make these golden amaretto-soaked cakes a month ahead so they have plenty of time to develop the perfect level of mellow boozy flavour.

Get the recipe: Mini Cherry Almond Christmas Cakes

By: The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

25 deliciously decadent desserts to make this holiday season

Chocolate Phyllo CIgars

Crispy on the outside with a dark chocolate filling, these flaky bites are both easy and elegant.

Get the recipe: Chocolate Phyllo Cigars

By: The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

25 deliciously decadent desserts to make this holiday season

Coconut Mochi Snowballs

These not-too-sweet confections have a nice chewy texture and a distinct coconut flavour

Get the recipe: Coconut Mochi Snowballs

By: The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

25 deliciously decadent desserts to make this holiday season

Apple Fritter Monkey Bread

This pull-apart monkey bread tastes just like apple fritters, and it conveniently separates into little doughnut holes for shareable bite-size treats!

Get the recipe: Apple Fritter Monkey Bread

By: The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

25 deliciously decadent desserts to make this holiday season

Mini Present Cupcakes

Each of these adorable mini cupcakes is topped with a special treat: candy presents!

Get the recipe: Mini Present Cupcakes

By: The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

25 deliciously decadent desserts to make this holiday season

Chocolate Caramel Cupcake Parfaits

The three components in this recipe are each superb on their own; when combined, they make a crazy-delicious dessert.

Get the recipe: Chocolate Caramel Cupcake Parfaits

By: Amanda Barnier and The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

25 deliciously decadent desserts to make this holiday season

White Chocolate Peppermint Fudge

With a swirly peppermint embedded in each square, these sweet treats pair the immediate gratification of creamy fudge with the lasting effects of hard candy.

Get the recipe: White Chocolate Peppermint Fudge

By: The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

25 deliciously decadent desserts to make this holiday season

Chocolate Whisky Pavé with Sponge Toffee

Whisky often has notes of vanilla, caramel and chocolate, making it a lovely complement to desserts featuring those same flavours.

Get the recipe: Chocolate Whisky Pavé with Sponge Toffee

By: Amanda Barnier and The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

25 deliciously decadent desserts to make this holiday season

Maple-Glazed Doughnut Bundt Cake

This moist cake tastes like a blend of two of our country's most-loved doughnut flavours: sour cream and maple-glazed.

Get the recipe: Maple-Glazed Doughnut Bundt Cake

By: Rheanna Kish and The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

25 deliciously decadent desserts to make this holiday season

Dark Chocolate Bûche De Noël

A traditional holiday recipe, this popular Yule log is a cinch to make in stages, ready to assemble the day before serving.

Get the recipe: Dark Chocolate Bûche De Noël

By: The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

25 deliciously decadent desserts to make this holiday season

Chocolate Espresso Tart

You only need a small slice of this incredibly rich tart to gratify even the most intense chocolate craving. For the perfect crust, buy preground chocolate wafers, which are fine and evenly sized.

Get the recipe: Chocolate Espresso Tart

By: Leah Kuhne and The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

25 deliciously decadent desserts to make this holiday season

Red Wine-Poached Pear Tartlets

The contrast of buttery cream and red wine–poached pears makes these tarts a stunning addition to your holiday spread. 

Get the recipe: Red Wine-Poached Pear Tartlets

By: Rheanna Kish and The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

25 deliciously decadent desserts to make this holiday season

Chocolate Pecan Tartlets

The decadent flavour of this honey-infused pecan pie filling is made even more addictive when topped with chunks of dark chocolate. 

Get the recipe: Chocolate Pecan Tartlets

By: The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

25 deliciously decadent desserts to make this holiday season

Gingerbread Apple Trifle

Soaked in rum and layered with juicy cinnamon apples and vanilla custard, spiced gingerbread steals the spotlight in this holiday favourite.

Get the recipe: Gingerbread Apple Trifle

By: Jennifer Bartoli and The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

25 deliciously decadent desserts to make this holiday season

Mini Bûches de Noël

Using vanilla wafer cookies instead of the traditional sponge cake makes these no-bake miniature buches de Noel (yule logs) an easy make-ahead treat. 

Get the recipe: Mini Bûches de Noël

By: The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

 

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