Jost Riebau

Food Editor at Kitchen Stories

This December at Kitchen Stories is all about feel-good festive food! No matter what you’re celebrating or with whom, our December recipes have something for every one and for every occasion. Best of all, they’re fun and unfussy, so you can focus on winding down for the year. Stay tuned throughout the month by bookmarking this article, where we’ll collect all our recipes and articles. Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram for even more. Happy December!

Desserts are surely the highlight of any festive meal. The sweet finale rounds off the evening and everyone quickly makes room for more, no matter how many courses came before. The choice of what dessert to serve, however, is not always as easy as saying yes to a second helping. So to make your search for the right holiday treat that much easier, we’ve put together a broad selection of cakes and desserts for special occasions for any level of dedication. There are the all-time classics, super simple desserts, impressive cakes from around the world, and even great desserts to pack and take along—so not matter what you're looking for, there's something for everyone! 

The classics

Classics are classics for a reason. Prepared since time immemorial and loved for generations, you absolutely can't go wrong with these desserts.

Our top tips:
Chocolate lava cake
Crème brûlée 
Pear strudel with vanilla ice cream
Baked apples with marzipan filling 

Make classic tiramisu with Lisa

Make classic tiramisu with Lisa

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Easy and festive desserts

If relaxing, low-effort holidays are your goal, these Christmas desserts can all be prepared in advance. Better still, they’re simple and elegant in appearance.

We love these recipes:
Chocolate truffles
Mixed berry and speculaas cookie crumble
Tonka bean and baked apple parfait
Super easy mixed berry slab pie

Tonka bean and espresso panna cotta

Tonka bean and espresso panna cotta

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Festive cakes from around the world

These cakes are the perfect end to a feast. We’re looking forward to our new recipe for speculaas cheesecake with pecans, chosen by you, the community! 

Try these recipes:
Cherry chocolate rum cake
Gingerbread loaf cake
American apple pie
Goan Bebinca (layered coconut cake)
Five-spice flourless chocolate cake

Speculaas cheesecake

Speculaas cheesecake

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Fancy festive desserts

Of course, for special occasions, you may crave special dishes, too. If so, this is the perfect opportunity to venture into more elaborate recipes. Our personal favorite? Hanna's new recipe for poached quinces with mascarpone.

Choose from:
— *New* Upside-down orange and mulled wine cake
Tiramisu layer cake
Cinnamon Pavlova with apple-pear compote and mascarpone
Candied kumquat and caramel cake
German crown cake (Frankfurter Kranz)

Poached quince with mascarpone and hazelnut crunch

Poached quince with mascarpone and hazelnut crunch

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Desserts served in a glass

Desserts in a glass are a super easy way to end a meal. Since they’re already portioned out, you can easily make them and store them in the fridge in advance.

Our top recipes:
Gingerbread trifle with spiced oranges and cinnamon cream
Cinnamon panna cotta with mulled wine cherries
Zabaione with sour cherries
Vegan aqua faba chocolate mousse
White chocolate and orange parfait
Lemony tiramisu in a glass

Apple crumble in a glass

Apple crumble in a glass

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Light and airy desserts

Especially after a hearty, substantial feast, you might just be after a lighter dessert. These recipes are just the thing. 

Stay fresh with these recipes:
Passionfruit cheesecake
Matcha ice cream
Soy vanilla pudding with blueberry sauce

Panna cotta with passion fruit sauce

Panna cotta with passion fruit sauce

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What are your favorite festive dessert recipes? Let us know in the comments below!

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