Winter Party Desserts for a Warm and Cozy Winter
Celebrate the season with festive flavors like cranberry, gingerbread, and peppermint!
There’s nothing more cheerful than celebrating with friends and family during the cold winter months, especially when winter party desserts are on the menu! So we put together a list of the best desserts for a small winter dinner party with seasonal flavors like cranberry, gingerbread, and peppermint to bring warmth and cheer to your next get-together. We guarantee that these recipes will leave your guests with full bellies and all the warm fuzzies!
Decorated Christmas cookies are a staple winter dessert and a crowd-pleaser at any party. Elevate your cookie cutter snowflakes and Santa hats with these elegant and fun no-bake Stroopwafel Christmas Lights cookies.
Our Dutch Caramel Stroopwafels are the perfect base for your designs. Light and crispy on the outside with ooey gooey caramel on the inside, these cookies will taste as good as they look. To decorate, smooth a layer of white frosting on top of a stroopwafel cookie. With a small tube of black icing, pipe two “strings” from one end of the cookie to the other. Here comes the fun part— grab a bag of mini M&M’s and press them sideways along the strings of black frosting. They should look just like a row of rainbow Christmas lights!
Sweet and tangy, tiny and bright, it’s no surprise cranberries are used for both savory and sweet recipes as well as household decorations during the winter season. Our favorite cranberry dessert recipe highlights both the sweetness and the tanginess of this antioxidant-packed fruit.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, toss a cup of cranberries with about one tablespoon of flour and set aside. Mix up a basic white cake batter following your favorite recipe, then fold in the cranberry mixture. Pour your batter into a greased Bundt pan and bake until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean (about 55 minutes). Whisk together two and a half cups of powdered sugar, five tablespoons of whole milk, one half teaspoon of vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt for the glaze. Pour over the cake as a glaze and garnish by filling the center of the Bundt with several handfuls of bright red berries.
There’s something incredibly addictive about the combination of salty peanuts with sweet caramel in this decadent winter dessert. Dangerously easy to make, all you’ll need to whip up a tray of Peanut and Caramel Financiers is a bag of soft caramel candies, salted peanuts, chocolate icing, and the Belgian Boys’ bite-sized Almond Butter Cakes.
Start by melting the caramel candies in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring in the salted peanuts. Spread the mixture on top of the Almond Butter Cakes and allow to cool. Pipe the chocolate icing over your financiers in a grid pattern, and top with a sprinkle of sea salt.
There’s nothing cozier when it’s snowing outside than snuggling up with a steaming mug of hot chocolate. Unthaw your guests by serving up this crowd-pleasing treat with all the fixings. Your friends will love dressing up a traditional hot chocolate with toppings like marshmallows, chocolate syrup, and whipped cream.
Or place a stroopwafel over your mug and allow the caramel layer inside the crispy waffle cookies to become soft and melty for an extra little treat to go along with your beverage. And if you’re looking for something a little stronger, check out our list of decadent hot cocktails perfect for parties.
No plates, no forks, no problem! These adorable snowmen cake pops are as easy to eat as they are to pass out, no silverware required.
To make the cake pops, we recommend using vanilla boxed cake mix (it’ll save time, and you’re just going to smash it, anyway!). Once the cake is fully cooled, crumble into small pieces and mix with a can of vanilla frosting. Form the mixture into 1 ½ inch balls and set on a cookie sheet, placing a lollipop stick in each. Dip each cake pop into melted chocolate. Stack three mini Oreo cookie wafers on top of one full sized cookie to create a top hat, gluing together with candy melts. Use royal icing to pipe on button eyes and a carrot nose. Draw on a smile with a black edible ink pen.
These Gingerbread Men Servings are packaged in individual glass ramekins so that your guests can mix and mingle while indulging in their wintry treats. Warm up your favorite cheesecake from our Frozen Desserts Bundle in less than a minute in the microwave. Or, serve a variety of rich and creamy flavors including cookie butter, key lime, and raspberry.
For a seasonal flare, pipe a swirl of Cool Whip onto each mini cheesecake. Place one mini gingerbread man on top to complete the festive look.
Can’t decide between brownies or cookies for your next get-together? Don’t! These mouthwatering Peppermint Brookies combine dense, chocolatey brownies with the creamy crunch of cookie frosting and sprinkles.
Bake one box of dark chocolate brownie mix according to the instructions. Allow to cool while you cream two sticks of butter with one teaspoon of peppermint extract, then slowly beat in two cups of powdered sugar. Frost the brownies with the mixture and refrigerate for half an hour. Microwave a can of dark chocolate frosting for thirty seconds to slightly liquify, then pour a layer over the brownies. Top with a sprinkle of crushed candy canes and refrigerate until set.
Not a fan of breaking out the pots and pans every time you want to indulge in a rich and chewy brookie? The Belgian Boys’ Chocolate Brookie Bundle offers a no-bake alternative that’s warm and ready to eat in less than a minute.