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24 Easy Winter Desserts to Warm You Up

When it comes to winter desserts, I have a great love for anything warm and comforting.

Sticky toffee pudding covered in salted caramel sauce and hot custard is probably at the top of my list!

Candy Cane Cheesecake
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But at the same time, I love the excuse to use peppermint and spices in some of my favorites.

From hot chocolate cookies and classic apple crisp to an icy cheesecake, here are 24 of the best ways to satisfy your sweet tooth by the open fire.

24 Best Winter Dessert Recipes

1. Sticky Toffee Pudding with Custard

There’s nothing like warm, sweet, sticky toffee pud’ drowned in real thick, hot custard.

British custard is more or less the same as pastry cream. The major difference being custard has a little less starch, so it stays pourable.

But even with a scoop of ice cream, this is a must-make!

2. Eggnog Cheesecake

Eggnog tastes like a spiced melted milkshake. It’s creamy, sweet, and ideal in a cheesecake.

This recipe calls for a classic graham cracker base, though I think adding some pecans in or using gingerbread cookies would make a pleasant change.

Serve with eggnog whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

3. Guinness Chocolate Cake

It might not sound very wintery, but this is definitely a holiday winner.

Winter is all about deep, rich flavors and this cake has it in spades.

You won’t necessarily taste the stout. Rather, you will get notes of spice and a much deeper chocolate flavor.

Topped with a simple cream cheese frosting, this cake has a bold, not too sweet flavor that works so well with a glass of Irish coffee.

4. Hot Chocolate Cookies

There’s nothing like coming home and wrapping your hands around a cup of hot chocolate.

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I love that it’s totally acceptable to have chocolate for breakfast, lunch, and/or dinner when it’s cold outside.

These cookies are packed with that creamy, hot chocolate flavor, and when baked, the mini-marshmallows will be soft, sticky, and totally perfect.

Be sure to get a full-fat hot chocolate mix, and freezing your marshmallows before use will keep them from melting while baking.

5. Cranberry Orange Upside-Down Cake

If you like fruitcake but sometimes find it a little dense, this is the recipe for you.

The cranberry orange combination is exactly what you want in a winter cake, and it looks gorgeous when turned out.

The syrup on top means you don’t even need whipped cream or frosting to serve with this cake.

But I can’t help but think a little drizzle of dark chocolate ganache would just make it all pop.

6. Ultimate Skillet Brownie

Maybe it’s the chef in me, but I absolutely love serving dessert in little individual skillets. They’re a great investment, and you can use them for many other fun things!

This recipe calls for a larger, oven-safe skillet, so you’ll have to share.

Rich, fudgy, and gooey, this brownie can (and should) be eaten right out of the pan.

Serve with a scoop of ice cream and maybe some caramel, too! Yum.

7. Easy Christmas Blondies

As much as I love brownies, there’s something about blondies that always makes me want another bite.

They’re basically super thick chocolate chip cookies and are so easy to modify.

These Christmas blondies are packed full of red and green chocolate chips, along with a healthy helping of white chocolate.

The colors are so festive, and these will be a sure-fire hit.

8. Apple Crisp

Apples and cinnamon are as comforting as it gets.

We’ve all had that one apple pie that sticks with us. But sometimes you don’t have time to make a whole pie.

Apple crisp combines all those amazing fall flavors we love in an easy and warm dessert.

9. Chocolate and Blackberry Self-Saucing Puddings

Self-saucing puddings and desserts are a master in baking magic, though they’re so easy to make.

The idea behind these puds is to have a flour-based sponge that will rise during baking.

There is usually some kind of added sauce or fruit concoction that drips to the bottom and comes together to create the perfect sauce.

For this decadent pudding, you’ll need ramekins and blackberries. Topped with the chocolate batter and chocolate syrup, you’ll have the perfect, fruity chocolate pot.

10. Layered Chocolate Cheesecake

Dark Oreo crumbs topped with layers of chocolate and vanilla cheesecake…sounds heavenly, right?

It is!

To make this festive, simply add crushed candy canes to the top. How easy is that?

11. Eggnog Pound Cake

Light, buttery, and loaded with dreamy eggnog, this pound cake is ideal for any occasion.

It takes everything you love about eggnog and infuses it into a tender sponge cake.

Add a simple glaze, and it’s impossible to resist.

12. Peppermint Bark

Peppermint bark is an easy, delicious, and fast winter treat.

This recipe uses ready-made almond bark for the base, but you can make your own bark using white and dark chocolate if you prefer.

Melt your almond bark carefully and spread into your lined baking tin, before allowing it to firm up in the fridge or freezer.

The next layer is made from melted Hershey kisses with candy canes and has such a subtle minty flavor.

The whole thing gets topped with crushed candy canes for a beautiful red and white delight.

13. Chocolate Chess Pie

This recipe tastes a lot like a brownie pie. It comes together with just nine ingredients, one of which is a store-bought pie crust.

It’s not overly sweet, but it does require the use of good dutched cocoa powder to ensure a rich, deep, and not synthetic chocolate flavor.

Be sure to pre-bake your pie crust to avoid a soggy bottom.

I think this pie would be amazing with some Bailey’s whipped cream and a nice coffee.

14. Spiced Pear, Blueberry, and Almond Shortcake

Spiced, poached pears are one of my favorite things. The flavors are something a little different, but I would take these over apple pie any day.

If you’re looking for something you don’t see every day, this recipe is for you.

It’s not your everyday dessert, but everyone will be coming back for more.

15. Perfect Chocolate Fondue

Winter is the time to stay in with a warm fire and wonderful food, and this fondue recipe is the perfect way to end a family meal.

All you have to do is melt good quality chocolate with some cream, milk, and vanilla.

Cut up fruit, cookies, brownies, pretzels, marshmallows, almost anything you can think of!

It’s such a fun way to enjoy dessert as a family. Just be sure to hold back some of your favorites because they won’t last long.

16. Cherry Cobbler

Another great winter warmer, cobbler is so versatile!

This recipe makes life so simple with a quick five-ingredient topping and a can of cherry pie filling.

Of course, you can use any filling you like. I think blueberry might be my go-to.

Serve with some vanilla ice cream, or with some real British custard.

17. Soft Molasses Cookies

These babies have all the flavors you want in a winter cookie: cinnamon, ginger, and deep molasses.

They are quite similar to a gingersnap cookie, the difference being their texture. These cookies are soft and tender.

Using a typical cookie method, you’ll need to beat your butter and sugar to smooth before adding in your eggs, vanilla, and molasses.

The key with these is to not over-bake them. You’ll want them soft and chewy!

18. German Chocolate Cake

Cold and dark winter days are a baker’s dream. It’s time to shine and try new things.

German chocolate cake might look intimidating with its coconut and almond filling, but now is the time to give it a go.

The good news is, this recipe uses a great boxed mix. Nobody says you have to make everything from scratch! If the boxed mix tastes this good, why worry?

19. Rice Pudding

I would eat hot rice pudding on even the hottest day of the year. It’s as nostalgic for me as anything, having grown up eating my nana’s after Sunday lunch.

It’s perfect for a Winter Dessert because it’s warm, sweet, and so easy to make.

20. Mulled Cherry Pie with Ice Cream

A good warm pie is always going to be a hit.

But this grown-up, boozy cherry pie will earn you a spot at the top.

Mulled wine is a warm, spiced red wine that you only see around the holidays.

For this filling, you’ll need to dissolve your sugar into your wine, along with cinnamon, orange zest, star anise, and vanilla.

Once infused, you use this mulled wine to make your cherry pie filling.

If I were you, I’d make extra to drink with a slice of your warm pie.

21. Red Velvet Cupcakes

They might not be spiced or served warm, but you can’t deny that red and white coloring is perfect for winter.

A good red velvet cupcake is moist and tender with a big dollop of cream cheese frosting.

The cake is made with buttermilk for a light and moist texture. The cocoa powder gives the cake its pink color, but most people also add red food coloring for a brighter finish.

To make these more festive, why not try some fun holiday cupcake toppers?

22. Sour Cream Pound Cake

Pound cake is a solid recipe to have in your back pocket.

It works for breakfast with your coffee, or as a little something sweet before bed, and is so easy to change up.

This recipe is a real classic, using sour cream to ensure a rich and moist crumb.

Be careful not to overmix your batter, and keep an eye on it in the oven so it doesn’t dry out.

Serve alone, or with a spiced berry compote.

23. Honey Cinnamon Almond Squares

If you’re tired of making holiday cookies, you should try these sweet and buttery almond squares.

Cookie bars are such a great way to add to your cookie platter without having to portion anything out. Just throw them in a tray and slice. So easy.

This recipe has an almond and cinnamon butter shortbread base that honestly, I’d eat by itself.

But then it gets topped with brown butter and honey caramel and chopped almonds.

The only thing missing is a drizzle of dark chocolate and a sprinkle of sea salt.

24. Bread and Butter Pudding

I grew up with bread and butter pudding made with plain old white bread. It was delicious but this? Wow.

Made with leftover croissants and brioche, this recipe is beyond anything my 10-year-old mind could imagine.

I like it just as much for breakfast as I do after dinner. It’s not complicated and is always sweet and tasty.

24 Easy Winter Dessert Recipes

Looking for some easy winter desserts to take the chill out of the air? From cakes to cookies to pudding, these treats warm the heart and soul.


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Kim - InsanelyGood
Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

2 thoughts on “24 Easy Winter Desserts to Warm You Up”

  1. What is the cheesecake in the photo with the 2 layers and then chocolate ganache with peppermint crumbles? That looks different than the peppermint cheesecake recipe.

    • Hi Kelly! I've swapped out #10 so it's closer to the recipe in the picture.
      We just flipped the layers and added crushed candy canes on top!


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