Winter is when I struggle most with identifying what makes a seasonal baked good. It’s not as clear to me as pumpkins in Fall or peaches in the Summer. So what makes good Winter Recipes? I think maybe winter baking is just about food that is flavorful with ingredients you can still find on-hand. Oh, and they should be comforting and cozy. And Winter is definitely the time for decadence! With this in mind, here are the 30+ Best Winter Baking Recipes from Live to Sweet!
This post of The Best Winter Baking Recipes has been broken down into these categories:
Cakes & Cupcakes
Pies & Tarts
Cookies & Brownies
Bread & Muffins
Of course, I’m a big fan of making whatever you want, whenever you want. That said, these recipes have flavors that are warm, cozy, and indulgent. Make them anytime, but especially in Winter!
Winter Cake & Cupcake Recipes
Cake is definitely a year-round treat! Here are some decadent, cozy, seasonal cake recipes that are perfect for the Winter months!
Chocolate Cake with Dark Chocolate Italian Buttercream
This one is for all the chocolate lovers out there, especially my oldest son, James. This is his "ultimate" birthday cake.
Pies and tarts dominate dessert tables in Summer and Fall, but what about Winter? These pies and tarts feature seasonal fruit and aaaaall the chocolate!
Coconut Mocha Pie
This Coconut Mocha Pie has a toasted coconut pastry crust filled with dark chocolate custard, topped with dalgona coffee swirled with whipped coconut cream! It's toasted coconut meets a mochaccino and I am HERE for it!!
Grapefruit rarely get the spotlight, but it's all about the sweet-tart grapefruit in this Ginger Grapefruit Tart! A sweet, grapefruit-and-ginger pastry crust filled with grapefruit curd and topped with toasted honey meringue and crystallized ginger!
These crisp Mocha Swirl Cookies combine chocolate cookie dough and espresso-cocoa nib cookie dough for a not-too-sweet treat! Pro tip: for a little extra sweetness, use chopped chocolate-covered espresso beans instead of nibs!
These Honey Ginger Pear Muffins are made with whole wheat pastry flour and no refined sugar! The sweetness from the honey and spiciness from the ginger make them a fabulous breakfast (or anytime) treat!
This (The Best Ever) Banana Bread is everything banana bread should be: great banana flavor without being heavy or slimy, and light in texture without being dry. I also add a sprinkle of raw sugar to the top of mine just before baking for a sweet crunch. (I save that part for last…my kids eat it first.)
These soft sweet rolls are filled with chocolate filling and homemade dulce de leche, then topped with dulce de leche cream cheese frosting swirled with chocolate ganache! The ultimate in breakfast decadence!