25 Spiced Christmas Desserts That Taste Just Like Grandma's
There’s nothing quite like Christmastime to bring us back to the smells and sounds of Grandma’s kitchen. From the ring of her old-school crank timer (why buy anything digital when you’ve got the original?) to the aroma of freshly-baked delights wafting from her oven, nothing could keep us out of grandma's kitchen come baking season. With a crack of her cookie jar, you’d find something sweet just begging you to spoil dinner.
On chilly December days, our favorite finds were full of holiday flavor–special treats you were only lucky enough to taste before the annual holiday party or after Christmas dinner. Classic spices, like gingerbread, molasses, cinnamon, and nutmeg, filled these signature recipes with Yuletide spirit. These days, you can bring that same holiday cheer to your kitchen with the right spiced cookie, cake, trifle, or pie. Here we’ve rounded up our best spiced desserts to bring a taste of grandma’s baking into your kitchen this holiday.
Spiced Molasses Drops
Recipe: Spiced Molasses Drops
This deeply-spiced cookie recipe combines brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, black pepper, and light molasses. Ready in just 50 minutes, they put a whole new spin on the phrase "as slow as molasses."
Recipe: Butterscotch-Spice Trifle
Nothing says Christmastime quite like a trifle, and this holiday showstopper layers on the spices.
Spiced Pecan Pie Bars
Recipe: Spiced Pecan Pie Bars
Swap out the Pecan Pie. Ground cinnamon and ginger give these portable bars a spiced twist.
Pumpkin Spice-Heath Cake
Recipe: Pumpkin Spice-Heath Cake
Toffee, almond candy bars, and a spiced cream cheese frosting combine to bring new life to a box of spice cake mix.
Pumpkin-Spice Bundt with Brown Sugar Icing and Candied Pecans
This simple pumpkin Bundt is literally dripping with seasonal sweets.
Old-Fashioned Shoofly Pie
Pumpkin Spice Cookies
Gingerbread-and-Pear Upside-Down Cake
Eggnog Whoopie Pies
Recipe: Eggnog Whoopie Pies
Fill your eggnog fix with these festive whoopie pies that are ready in just over an hour.
Cinnamon Coffee Cake
Recipe: Cinnamon Coffee Cake
A slice of this cinnamon-filled cake is fitting for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, dessert, and any time in between.
Gingerbread Latte Cake with Vanilla Whipped Cream Frosting
The only thing better than a seasonal coffee is a cake that offers layers of gingerbread latte flavor.
Spiced Stars with Cookie Butter
Recipe: Spiced Stars with Cookie Butter
Leave guests seeing stars with a recipe that sandwiches cookie butter between two spiced treats.
Recipe: Classic Gingerbread
An upgrade from your classic cookies, this old-fashioned gingerbread cake is tender and rich.
Sugar-and-Spice Apple Muffins
Recipe: Sugar-and-Spice Apple Muffins
Whether you serve them with breakfast or beside a tray of cookies at the holiday party, these apple muffins ensure a bite of sugar, spice, and everything nice.
Gingerbread Cheesecake with Lemon-Ginger Glaze
Who said spiced desserts had to be served warm? This bright cheesecake sits on a gingerbread crust that's as cozy as can be.
Spicy Molasses Gingerbread People
Gather the kids before you decorate these spice cookies. Frosting together is half the fun.
Gingerbread Cake with Buttermilk Frosting
Cozy holiday meals call for layers of warm spices and buttermilk frosting.
Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes
Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes
Every bit of pumpkin you buy will be put to work in this seasonal treat that is topped with a cinnamon- and nutmeg-spiced frosting.
Pumpkin Spice-Chocolate Marble Bread
Add a touch of decadence to a seasonally spiced pumpkin loaf with a swirl of chocolate.
Eggnog Spice Cake with Bourbon Custard Filling and Eggnog Buttercream
Creamy and slightly boozy, this seasonal spice cake offers a whole new way for Christmas guests to enjoy their eggnog.
Classic Pumpkin Roll
Recipe: Classic Pumpkin Roll
The best part of this spiced treat is what's hidden inside. Slice before serving for a plated presentation that's sure to impress guests.
Chocolate-Cinnamon Latte Cake
Recipe: Chocolate-Cinnamon Latte Cake
Warm up your kitchen with this slow cooker dessert. Serve alongside a post-dinner cup of coffee of generous helping of ice cream, and this sweet combination takes the cake.
Gingerbread Thumbprint Cookies
Recipe: Molasses Crinkles
Loaded with Christmas spices, like ginger, cinnamon, and cloves, you couldn't fit more holiday spirit into these cookies if you tried.