Christmas is only 9 short days away! It’s time to start figuring out what delicious Christmas desserts you will be enjoying with your loved ones.  My last blog post covered Christmas cookies, but cookies aren’t the only sugary delight this time of year. There are so many amazing desserts that are beloved by so many people that it was difficult to choose which to feature here!

I’ve narrowed my list to 5 unique desserts from different cultures around the world.  They are all relatively easy to make and scrumptious!

And recipes are included! Let’s dive in!

1. Brunsli- Swiss Chocolate Spice Brownies

So, technically they’re not brownies.  They’re not really cookies either.  These amazingly simple treats are hard to miss in Switzerland during this time of year. They are often found balanced on cups of hot coffee or cocoa.  They are also the perfect dessert for your cookie exchange or as a gift!

Made with dark chocolate, almond flour, sugar, and egg white, they are the gluten-free indulgence that you don’t have to feel too guilty about stuffing your face with.

So have a cup of coffee or cocoa and dip some yummy brunsli in it and enjoy your holiday!  Recipe here.



2. Rugelach- Jewish Christmas “cookies”

OK… I know what you’re thinking, “You said you wouldn’t do cookies this go around!”  I meant it.  It’s just that there really isn’t another word that quite describes it as well.

Rugelach is a Jewish pastry that is made from a sour cream or cream cheese based dough.  It can be filled with many different fillings.  Traditionally it is filled with cinnamon, sugar, apricot or raspberry jam and maybe chocolate or nuts.  The dough is then rolled to look like a croissant crescent roll and baked then brushed with a cinnamon sugar egg glaze.  It’s an amazing addition to any Christmas dessert table! Recipe here.


3. French Chocolate Yule Log

I would be remiss if I skipped this well known Christmas dessert. The French are known for many things, and amazing pastries is definitely one of them! This chocolate treat is a bit time consuming, but not inherently difficult. The first creamy, spongey, chocolatey bite you take is worth all the hassle.

You can even make the cute little meringue mushrooms for decoration!  Recipe here.


4. Pavlova- New Zealand Meringue Christmas Dessert

Since New Zealand is in the southern hemisphere, Christmas falls during their summer months.  Their Christmas desserts are filled with all the flavors of summer while still having those comforting, decadent flavors we all enjoy during the holidays.

Pavlova is a meringue-based dessert that is crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. It’s topped with fresh whipped cream and whatever fruits you desire.  (Although kiwi fruit and fresh berries tend to be the most common!) Check out this recipe.


5. Milk Cream- Indian Cashew and Milk Fudge

This creamy concoction is often made by Catholics in Goa, India for Christmas every year. It’s a creamy fudge-like treat that will be sure to please!  It’s very similar to Brazilian brigadeiros or beijinhos.  (The differences being that brigadeiros are cocoa centered, beijinhos are coconut milk centered and milk cream is cashew centered.)

It’s very easy to make although you do need to make sure to be very careful to not burn it! Constant stirring is key! Check out the recipe for milk cream here!


Which of these recipes would you try? Comment any pictures from completed recipes below! Or let me know what you think!!!