15 Essential Winter Baking Recipes

Try these to-die-for desserts

'Tis the season to think about winter baking, and all of the decadent goodies that you know you want to make for your friends and family. Not to mention those co-workers that will appreciate a few delicious treats.

Here are our 15 favorite winter baking recipes. We've dug up everything from a copycat Starbucks cranberry bliss bar recipe, to a rich, gluten-free chocolate cake and vegan pumpkin cheesecake.

15 Essential Winter Baking Recipes

Orange Gingerbread with Cream Cheese Frosting

Cream cheese frosting is one of the most wonderful parts of the holiday season. This spicy gingerbread is the perfect foil to the sweet frosting dotted with pomegranate gems.

15 Essential Winter Baking Recipes

Pear Crisps with Vanilla Brown Butter

These individual pear crisps are fragrant with scraped vanilla bean and ripe pears.

15 Essential Winter Baking Recipes

Gluten-Free Flourless Chocolate Cake

Even the most serious chocoholic will be thrilled with this dense and rich flourless chocolate cake. Drizzle a raspberry sauce on top for the ultimate flavor combo.

15 Essential Winter Baking Recipes

Apple Mosiac Tart with Salted Caramel

Perhaps this should be called the salted caramel season, with the abundance of this sweet concoction in nearly every recipe. We particularly enjoy this beautiful tart brushed with salted caramel. It's impressive enough to serve at any dinner party.

15 Essential Winter Baking Recipes

Cranberry Bliss Bars

If one of your secret vices during the holidays is indulging in a cranberry bliss bar at Starbucks, then you'll doubly appreciate this copycat recipe.

15 Essential Winter Baking Recipes

Brownie Decadence

For those who need a little help in the kitchen because they're short on time, try this Brownie Mix in a Mason Jar with rich cocoa and dark, white and semisweet chocolate chips. Just add eggs and oil to this all-natural mix.

15 Essential Winter Baking Recipes

Apple Cream Cheese Bundt Cake

The Bundt cake is this year's cupcake as far as popularity goes. The retro cake is making a comeback with a variety of droolworthy recipes found online. We particularly love this apple cream cheese version that's perfect for winter baking.

15 Essential Winter Baking Recipes

Salted Caramel Pecan Pie Bars

This sweet and salty combo of roasted pecans, chocolate chips and caramel is an absolute gooey delight. That is, if you like luscious, rich salted caramel combined with a pecan-pie like topping.

15 Essential Winter Baking Recipes

Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake

Nearly everyone loves the creamy combo of custard and cake that makes up a cheesecake and this pumpkin-infused version is made with tofu, almond milk and vegan butter for a rich and sweet dessert.

15 Essential Winter Baking Recipes

Spiced Buttermilk Cake with Pears

This recipe combines whole wheat and oat flours with sweet, ripe pears and a touch of cinnamon and ginger. If apples are all you have on hand, feel free to substitute.

15 Essential Winter Baking Recipes

Mini Baileys Chocolate Cheesecakes

Irish cream liqueur is a holiday staple in many homes, and these mini chocolate cheesecakes are the perfect way to feature the popular flavor.

15 Essential Winter Baking Recipes

Cranberry Pie with Thick Pecan Crumble

Cranberries are one of the best things about the season and this cranberry pie features a thick, cinnamon-scented pecan crumble topping to contrast the sweet tartness of the berries.

15 Essential Winter Baking Recipes

Banana Walnut Chocolate Cookie Cake

What's this? A cookie and a cake? Yes, it's that decadent. Serve it slightly undercooked with a soft center and a scoop of coffee ice cream for the ultimate treat.

15 Essential Winter Baking Recipes

Baked Alaska with Chocolate Cake and Chocolate Ice Cream

Bundle up ice cream in a thick layer of meringue to make this impressive and classic dessert.

Red Velvet Cake

This is the classic winter dessert with its festive red hue contrasting with the creamy white frosting. Bakerella's version is moist and unforgettable.

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