Holiday Recipes | Desserts

Photo courtesy of Lil' Luna

We are in the season of joy and we at BARTable are wondering if that description came from the dessert making (and enjoying!) that takes place this time of year...? It's true, it's the merriest season of all for baking and whether you're diving into cookbooks or onto the internet, the recipe options are truly endless. We've pulled together a little list of favorites to assist in those efforts that we hope will bring you... joy. 

B&W CookiesPhoto courtesy of Jewish Learning. 

Black and White Cookies

Beloved by New Yorkers and a staple when celebrating Hanukkah, don’t be intimidated to make these beauties yourself. It might be the icing that throws folks off, but this recipe includes a “how-to” video that makes it even easier than you may think. If you can’t go to NYC, let NYC come to you!

Peppermint BarkPhoto courtesy of Delish.

Peppermint Bark

‘Tis the season for peppermint bark! This combination of dark and white chocolate + peppermint could not scream the holidays any more than this seasonal treat. Once you realize how easy it is to make, you’ll never buy it again. Have fun with this one, share (safely!) and enjoy it.

Alice's CookiesPhoto courtesy of Terri Peters for Today.

Alice's Cookies (whipped shortbread)

Apparently these cookies have become a sensation on Reddit. Suspected to be named after the original baker, no one really knows the origin as the recipe was found tucked in an old cookbook written on a folded-up piece of paper. Found and made by Sarah Conklin, she shared it on Reddit as an “old recipe” and it has become a cookie-making sensation. Join the phenomenon and let your senses be delighted by these “heavenly”, buttery shortbread goodness.

SnowballsPhoto courtesy of Gemma's Bigger Bolder Baking.

Classic Snowball Cookies

We don’t know about you but here at BARTable we feel the holidays would not be complete without having a snowball or two (or three, or four…). This classic recipe calls for pecans that could easily be replaced with almonds for an equally delish outcome. Either way, as the name suggests, these are a “classic” holiday staple and are melt-in-your-mouth yummy – we can’t imagine the holidays without them!

Key Lime BarsPhoto courtesy of The New York Times.

Key Lime Pie Bars

A little citrus + sweet can be a welcomed treat this time of year when chocolate usually takes center stage. Try these Key Lime Pie Bars for just that little something different and refreshing to add to your holiday dessert repertoire.

Sugar CookiesPhoto courtesy of Simply Recipes.

Sugar Cookies

When cookies are made as a family, the kitchen can get messy… really messy. Isn’t that part of the fun (wink, wink)? If making and decorating sugar cookies is something you’re up for, with family or not, here’s your stop for cookie-making fun. Sugar cookies can be made in all shapes and sizes - add icing, sprinkles, and other goodies - they’re fun stacked together on a plate and make the ultimate holiday homemade treat. 

Choc Peppermint CookiesPhoto courtesy of Cooking Classy.

White Chocolate Dipped Peppermint Chocolate Cookies

Combining favorite flavors of the season, chocolate and peppermint, these cookies are labeled as “dreamy”. The recipe has been doctored to near perfection, are beautiful to look at and a decadent addition to your holiday baking.

Vegan Hot ChocolatePhoto courtesy of The New York Times.

Creamy Vegan Hot Chocolate

You don’t have to be a milk drinker to have a nice hot chocolate on a chilly December morning or evening. Try this vegan take on a seasonal staple and find delight in the creamy goodness this recipe provides. Even if you are a milk drinker, a steamy cup of this hot chocolate may become your new go-to.

Peach CobblerPhoto courtesy of the Cooking Channel.

Double-Layer Peach Cobbler

From one of our BART Marketing team members comes this recipe he likes to make and serve over the holidays. This recipe, from singing Superstar, Patti Labelle, is a delicious take on the classic southern treat and will be special addition on your holiday table.

Xmas PinwheelsPhoto courtesy of Yellow Bliss Road.

Pinwheel Christmas Cookies

Add a big pop of color to your holiday cookie plate with these beauties! They might take a little time (and a lot of love), but the outcome is so fun and delicious, they’re more than worth it. Happy Holidays!

What are you baking?

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