How to Win at: Christmas Desserts

Compiled by: Kamille J.

Ah, Christmas. It’s almost that time of the year where we give, receive, and hopefully make an effort to be kinder to one another (which should be the case all year round, of course). With this wonderful holiday comes a whole feast of mouth-watering desserts that come in all shapes and sizes. There’s nothing better than the comforting tastes of these sweet treats, except maybe the equally sweet, nostalgic memories that come with them. Holiday desserts play a paramount role in setting the Christmas mood all across the globe, so this compilation will incorporate some holiday treats from different cultures. As the end of the semester approaches, and the workload piles up, try to make time to whip up one of these desserts and relax! So while you’re finishing up your IA or studying for end-of-semester tests, just remember, “stressed” is just “desserts” spelled backwards.

1. Bibingka

This holiday treat originates in the Philippines, and mainly consists of rice flour and coconut milk or water. It would be best to enjoy this dessert warm alongside a nice hot drink on a cold December morning.

1. bibingkaLink to recipe: http://www.zestuous.com/2013/07/bibingka-filipino-coconut-cake/

(Photo source: http://www.zestuous.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/bibingka.png)

2. Christmas Tree Cupcake

These cute and creative cupcakes are sure to brighten up the holiday mood and make your dinner table look even more festive.

2. Christmas Tree CupcakeLink to recipe: http://www.justataste.com/christmas-tree-chocolate-cupcakes-recipe/

(Photo source: http://www.justataste.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/chocolate-christmas-cupcakes.jpg)

3. Fruitcake

Although fruitcake may have an infamous reputation amongst holiday desserts, when done right this British dessert can make a wonderful Christmas treat!

3. FruitcakeLink to recipe: http://www.panlasangpinoyrecipes.com/fruitcake-recipe/

(Photo source: http://d1u0qfritffibl.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Fruitcake.jpg)

4. Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Peppermint is the ultimate Christmas ingredient — sprinkle it on anything and it will instantly remind you of Christmas.

4. Peppermint hot chocolateLink to recipe: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/peppermint-hot-chocolate-recipe.html

(Photo source: http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/sites/default/files/recipe_images/recipe-image-legacy-id–464628_11.jpg)

 

5. Coconut Snowmen

If you’re spending Christmas in the Philippines, chances are you won’t be enjoying a white Christmas. But that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the fun of building a snowman! These cute little snowmen are sure to be a hit during the holiday season.

5. coconut snowmanLink to the recipe: http://www.marthastewart.com/354162/coconut-snowmen#Easy%20Holiday%20Treats%20for%20Kids%20to%20Make|/275160/easy-holiday-treats-for-kids-to-make/@center/307035/santas-workshop|354162

(Photo source: http://www.marthastewart.com/sites/files/marthastewart.com/styles/wmax-520-highdpi/public/d20/ml12cov_1200_snowman/ml12cov_1200_snowman_vert.jpg?itok=vdhi8s0R)

 

6. Pumpkin Flans

This creamy dessert is a Mexican spongy custard that’s drizzled in a sweet syrup glaze.

6. pumpkin flanLink to recipe: http://stickygooeycreamychewy.com/2010/11/02/pumpkin-flan-aka-caramel-covered-crack/#!_int_source=pageslide

(Photo source: http://stickygooeycreamychewy.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/pumpkin-flan-4_thumb.jpg)

 

7. Gingerbread Cookies

This Christmas staple is one of the most recognizable Christmas desserts. Just imagine the smell of gingerbread wafting through your home while you marathon some classic Christmas movies. The great thing about them is that you can decorate and shape them however you like, so embrace your creativity when decorating these cookies!

7. Gingerbread CookiesLink to recipe: http://www.marthastewart.com/343445/gingerbread-cookies

(Photo source: http://www.marthastewart.com/sites/files/marthastewart.com/styles/wmax-520-highdpi/public/d27/msledf1204_1204_gingerbread/msledf1204_1204_gingerbread_vert.jpg?itok=TMYccimf)

 

8. Stollen

With its various nuts and candied fruit, this traditional German treat may look like fruitcake, but it’s actually more like bread. Irresistibly sweet and fruity, and topped with powdered sugar, this dessert might just become your next Christmas favorite!

8. StollenLink to recipe: http://www.thespicehouse.com/recipes/old-fashioned-christmas-stollen-recipe

(Photo source: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/40/Stollen_with_candied_fruits.jpg)