Christmas Baked Goods: 15 Favorites

October 7, 2011

Ready your mitts for these baked goods make unforgettable gifts!

Tennessee Cheddar PuffsHeart-Smart Sweet Potato MuffinsRelish BarsMaple Pecan Pear Upside-Down CakeLussekatter (Saffron Buns)Apple CakeChristmas Cinnamon RollsMacadamia Nut BarsRosy Swirl BreadDate TartRed Velvet CakeWhite GingerbreadButtermilk Pecan PieWinter Spice Cakes
If you've had enough of the season's sweetness, try making a batch of cheesy Cheddar puffs instead. Serve as an appetizer, wrap them up in box for an delish gift, or keep a tin on-hand for holiday guests and drop-ins. Recipe: Tennessee Cheddar Puffs
If you're cutting back on calories this Christmas that doesn't mean you have to leave all festive treats out in the cold. With these scrumptious sweet potato muffins costing only 150 calories each, you won't be missing a thing! Recipe: Heart-Smart Sweet Potato Muffins
We don't lend our name to just any recipe—so you know these jam filled oat bars have got to be good. Their white chocolate chip and macadamia nut topping make them a perfect pair for hot chocolate. Recipe: Relish Bars
The moment you flip this beauty over and see the pretty caramelized pear topping, you'll want to make this unique fruit, nut and syrup infused cake your newest Christmas tradition. Recipe: Maple Pecan Pear Upside-Down Cake
Great for holiday brunches, these classic Scandinavian buns are lent a touch of sweetness from plumped raisins and given their trademark golden hue from strands of saffron. Recipe: Lussekatter (Saffron Buns)
Pies and crisps make way for a decadently warm apple cake! Our recipe will take you from start to finish and even include instructions for making a simple syrup to drizzle on top. Recipe: Apple Cake
With the syrup, filling and dough all made from scratch, you can't go wrong with these rolls. Serve them at Christmas brunch or give them to neighbors and friends for good tidings. Recipe: Christmas Cinnamon Rolls
Perfect for holiday office sharing, these two-toned bars are rich, buttery, crunchy, caramel filled and chocolatey. Co-workers and cubicle mates will thank you. Recipe: Macadamia Nut Bars
Show those you love how much you care this Christmas with a made-from-scratch loaf of cranberry swirled bread. The receivers will be able to taste the TLC in its hearty texture and fresh cranberry swirl. Recipe: Rosy Swirl Bread
Don't discount dates—because these often overlooked fruits are making a huge comeback in our supremely sweet walnut and pecan tart. Recipe: Date Nut Tart
This favorite is the Santa Claus of cakes with its bright holly-jolly color and white buttercream frosting. And like the big man himself, this cake spreads joys with every bite and makes a believer out of even the biggest dessert Scrooges. Recipe: Red Velvet Cake
Not all gingerbread is dark and shaped into little men! This lighter (but equally spice-filled) recipe takes the form of a moist cake complete with a baked apple and sugar crust. Recipe: White Gingerbread
Show someone (or multiple someones) you care this Christmas season with this sweet holiday pie with a pecan filling that can be mixed in a flash. Recipe: Buttermilk Pecan Pie
A little sugar and spice and everything nice makes these apple Bundt cakes unforgettable. And instead of making a full-sized Bundt, we suggest making "Bundtlettes" for easy sharing. Recipe: Winter Spice Cakes
If you've had enough of the season's sweetness, try making a batch of cheesy Cheddar puffs instead. Serve as an appetizer, wrap them up in box for an delish gift, or keep a tin on-hand for holiday guests and drop-ins.


Recipe:  Tennessee Cheddar PuffsIf you're cutting back on calories this Christmas that doesn't mean you have to leave all festive treats out in the cold. With these scrumptious sweet potato muffins costing only 150 calories each, you won't be missing a thing!


Recipe:  Heart-Smart Sweet Potato MuffinsWe don't lend our name to just any recipe—so you know these jam filled oat bars have got to be good. Their white chocolate chip and macadamia nut topping make them a perfect pair for hot chocolate. 


Recipe:  Relish BarsThe moment you flip this beauty over and see the pretty caramelized pear topping, you'll want to make  this unique fruit, nut and syrup infused cake your newest Christmas tradition.


Recipe:  Maple Pecan Pear Upside-Down CakeGreat for holiday brunches, these classic Scandinavian buns are lent a touch of sweetness from plumped raisins and given their trademark golden hue from strands of saffron. 


Recipe:  Lussekatter (Saffron Buns)Pies and crisps make way for a decadently warm apple cake! Our recipe will take you from start to finish and even include instructions for making a simple syrup to drizzle on top.


Recipe:  Apple CakeWith the syrup, filling and dough all made from scratch, you can't go wrong with these rolls. Serve them at Christmas brunch or give them to neighbors and friends for good tidings.


Recipe:  Christmas Cinnamon RollsPerfect for holiday office sharing, these two-toned bars are rich, buttery, crunchy, caramel filled and chocolatey. Co-workers and cubicle mates will thank you.


Recipe:  Macadamia Nut BarsShow those you love how much you care this Christmas with a made-from-scratch loaf of cranberry swirled bread. The receivers will be able to taste the TLC in its hearty texture and fresh cranberry swirl.


Recipe:  Rosy Swirl BreadDon't discount dates—because these often overlooked fruits are making a huge comeback in our supremely sweet walnut and pecan tart.


Recipe:  Date Nut TartThis favorite is the Santa Claus of cakes with its bright holly-jolly color and white buttercream frosting. And like the big man himself, this cake spreads joys with every bite and makes a believer out of even the biggest dessert Scrooges. 


Recipe:  Red Velvet CakeNot all gingerbread is dark and shaped into little men! This lighter (but equally spice-filled) recipe takes the form of a moist cake complete with a baked apple and sugar crust. 


Recipe:  White GingerbreadShow someone (or multiple someones) you care this Christmas season with this sweet holiday pie with a pecan filling that can be mixed in a flash.

Recipe:   Buttermilk Pecan PieA little sugar and spice and everything nice makes these apple Bundt cakes unforgettable. And instead of making a full-sized Bundt, we suggest making "Bundtlettes" for easy sharing.


Recipe:  Winter Spice Cakes
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