10 Traditional Desserts to Try this Holiday Season

Food is inextricably linked to holiday celebration. Every family has their own traditional foods they like to eat when the holiday season arrives. With the arrival of fall, many people start craving pumpkin spiced lattes and start adding a dashes of cinnamon to hot drinks and desserts. As Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Hanukkah inch closer, many families are thinking of ways to inspire their tables with the same food traditions that their ancestors cultivated years ago. And nothing fills hearts and tummies with the warm taste of tradition more than dessert. That’s why, in this post, we bring you 10 traditional desserts. In addition to being refreshing and deep-rooted accompaniments to Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Hanukkah, these desserts make excellent holiday gifts:

10. Dulce de Leche

This dessert, made of sweetened milk, originated in Latin America and has taken root with variations all over the world. Recipe for Dulce de Leche Thumbprint cookies, courtesy of A Spicy Perspective, here.

9. Amaretti di Saronno (Italian Amaretti Cookies)

These light and delightful almond cookies make a perfect addition to your holiday cookie list. Buy traditional Amaretti di Saronno here.

8. Streuselkuchen (German Streusel Cake)

A traditional accompaniment to coffee, this cake features a crumb topping known as streusel. Fabulous Streuselkuchen recipe, courtesy of Chew Town, here.

7. Classic Fruitcake

This cake originates in Roman Times and has been adopted across the world. Depending on the variation it can feature candied fruit, dried fruit, nuts, and spices. Amazing brandy-dipped Fruitcake available for purchase online at Camaldoli Hermitage.

6. Pear Breton Galette (Pear Pastry)

This French pastry makes a beautiful showpiece for a holiday breakfast. Recipe available here, courtesy Better Homes and Gardens.

5. Melomakarona (Greek Honey Cookies)

Made with flour, olive oil, and honey, this flavorful cookie is traditionally served during Christmas in Greece. Recipe here, courtesy California Greek Girl.

4. Lebkuchen (German Honey Cookie)

A traditional German Christmas cookie that tastes like the most delightful gingerbread you can imagine. Lebkuchen recipe here, courtesy Brown-Eyed Baker.

3. Panettone (Italian Sweet Bread)

I may be a little biased, but our top 3 traditional desserts come from Italy. This sweet bread loaf served with nuts and fruit is lighter than Fruitcake. It is traditionally served for Christmas and New Years. An easy-to-follow Panettone recipe, courtesy of BreadIn5.

2. Biscotti (aka Cantuccini – Italian Almond Biscuits)

These twice-baked, dry and crunchy sweet biscuits are the commonly served accompanied with coffee for dunking. If you’ve never tried them with the traditional accompaniment of Vin Santo dessert wine, it’s a divine treat. Traditional handmade biscotti available here.
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1. Italian Rum Cake

Not surprisingly, my absolute favorite dessert for the holidays is traditional Italian rum cake. Decadent and complex. Aged 6 months. Appropriate for the most special of occasions. Read more about the history of traditional Italian butter rum cake. Order now before we sell out for the holidays!

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