Holiday Spice Citrus Pumpkin Flans (Mexico)
For a holiday treat with a bit of refreshing zest, these flans contain caramelized sugar, pumpkin pie spice and hints of citrus plus vanilla. Bake for 45 minutes but ensure a few hours of resting for the perfect texture and temperature. To give the top a tasty carmelized finish, use a baking torch to add that touch of beautiful golden crust to the top.
Honey Dipped Christmas Cookies (Greece)
Also called "Melomakarona", these soft and round cookies will leave your stomach and tastebuds pleasantly surprised. After baking, cool the cookies while you prepare a spiced honey dip to really bring holiday flavor to its peak. This fluffy can be deliciously paired with a steaming cup of hot chocolate.
Warming Sugar and Spice Steamed Pudding (UK)
Need something to warm your stomach and tastebuds? This dessert that can be created on the stovetop and is an English Holiday and winter favorite. Sweet candied fruits and fragrant spices like cinnamon and nutmeg combine for a beautifully complex flavor that goes great with Holiday cookies.
Almond Prize Rice Pudding (Scandinavia)
This classic winter dessert is taken for a twist just in time for the Holidays! After using your favorite recipe, hide an almond inside one of your serving bowls. Whoever chooses that bowl and finds the almond will have great luck (maybe he or she doesn't have to do the dishes tonight!)
Chunky Over-The-Top Fruit Cake (Ancient Rome)
Have you found the fruit cake lover in your life, but find that all the options are pretty "standard"? This version of the famous (or infamous) cake is based in ancient Rome, and boy is it serious about its ingredients! With three different kinds of nuts and five varieties of dried fruit, there just isn't much room left in there for actual cake! It's sure to impress that guy who can't get enough fruit cake.
Clove And Cardamom Lebkuchen (Germany)
Germans have been addicted to this unique holiday treat for years, but the secret is finally out! Add a dash clove and cardamom to your gingerbread recipe and you'll be tasting a delicious traditional German treat! You can make it even more fabulous by adding a homemade lemon glaze.
Almond Chocolate Croissants (France)
15 minutes is all you'll need for this "I-can't believe-I-didn't-know" recipe that involves-Nutella!! The French are known for their croissants, but you may not know it's a holiday must to stuff them with cream, almond, and chocolate paste before baking. Once they have finished baking, dip the flaky buttery goods into Nutella for a perfect warm French snack.
Amaretti Cookies (Italy)
Who wouldn't want to add a little Italian culinary magic and that warm fuzzy feeling to their Holiday snacks? Made from a dough mixture including almonds, cream, and Amaretto (an awesome sweet Italian liqueur), bake in the oven for just 15 minutes for that glorious golden brown color. Adults can add a light brush of amaretto to the top for that nice warm feeling in your stomach.
Santa's Favorite Linzer Pinwheels (Austria)
Kids will love the taste and look of these pinwheel cookies designed after the classic toy pinwheel. With a rich bright red filling, Santa likes to think these cookies resemble the twisted pouf at the end of his capÉso make sure to leave a couple out for his visit!
Spiced Bread Pudding Souffle (Mexico)
Known in Mexico as Caballeros Ricos, this rich and tasty dessert combines a traditional American holiday favorite, bread pudding, and lightens it up with a souffle baking style! Many complex flavors including almonds, cloves, and coffee are balanced with creamy whole milk for some perfect holiday flavor.
Holiday Halwa (India)
Need a lighter option for a holday snack? Indian Halwa is a sweet and healthier winter holiday option for those who like fruit and spices! Combine cashews, dried apples, cranberries, tangerines with spices of cardamom and a pinch of cinnamon to top your wheat flour based sooji base for a sweet treat. Ensure the base is cooked through for an even taste and texture.
Chocolate Winter Wafer Cookies (Germany)
If your holiday eat-ums need to be literally dripping in chocolate, you and German baking have found a perfect match! Grab a package of chocolate creme layered wafer cookies and drizzle microwave a melted mixture of chocolate, coconut, and pecan frosting for a heavenly last minute German treat.
No need to sigh at a cookie jar full of meh-looking gingerbread cookies! The UK solved the problem of brittle and tasteless with a rich and moist cake version of the classic treat. Served with a decadent lemon sauce, a baking tin and warm oven are all you need to make yourself a tasty twist on a classic!