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The Ultimate Holiday Baking Guide: 54 Cookie, Cake, and Pie Recipes for the Season

It's the most wonderful time of the year to do some baking

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There might be no nicer way to pass a chilly winter day than getting in a bit of holiday baking. From sugar cookies covered in icing and sprinkles to a complex and elevated winter dessert worthy of the most elegant seasonal celebration, it’s the most wonderful time for all things baked and sweet. And, in the Vegetarian Times archives, we have plenty of good things to share. We’ve whisked together some of our favorite holiday baking recipes – many of them vegan, some gluten-free – for you to enjoy with your loved ones all season long.


Holiday Baking – Cookies

Rye and Graham Flour Cutout Cookies

Spicy Vegan Gingerbread People

Cardamom Cookies with Almonds

Lemony Linzer Cookies

Soft Gingerbread Cookies

Pistachio-Cherry Sandwich Cookies

Tanya Petrovna’s Perfect Vegan Gingerbread

Candied Apple Cookies

Raspberry-Hazelnut Thumbprint Cookies

Semisweet Chocolate and Peanut Bars

Oat Flour Chocolate-Chip Cookies

Vegan Sugar Cookies

Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

Triple Chocolate-Mint Cookies

Triple Chocolate-Cherry Cookies

Oat and Cashew Thumbprint Cookies with Berry-Chia Jam 

Holiday Cakes

Winter Jewel Fruitcake with White Icing

This Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake Might Be the Perfect Holiday Dessert

Mandarin and Thyme Polenta Cake

Fabulous Vegan Fudge Cake with Bittersweet Icing

Any Celebration Is Better With a Flourless Chocolate Cake

Vegan Bite-Sized Ginger Cupcakes

This Cardamom-Infused Vegan Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Is a Modern Riff on a Retro Fave

Citrus-Scented Wine Cake with Fresh Berries

Morning Pumpkin Coffee Cake

Raw Cashew Cheesecake

Chocolate Oatmeal Stout Cupcakes

Pear Almond Cake

Buckwheat, Apple, and Brandy Cake

Brandied Carrot and Raisin Pound Cake

Frosted Espresso Cheesecake Bars

Cornmeal Bundt Cake with Pecan Pie Swirl

Sweet Potato Spice Cake with Hazelnuts and Candied Ginger

Spiced Persimmon Bundt Cake with Yogurt Cream

Brown Sugar-Toffee Cake

Maple Bundt Cake

Vegan Carrot Cake

Pear and Chestnut Crumb Cakes

Pumpkin-Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake

Holiday Baking – Pies

Cranberry-Pecan Pie

Rustic Armagnac-Apple Pie

Triple Dark Chocolate Tart

Frozen Cranberry-Cream Pie

Gingersnap-Pear Pumpkin Pie

Chocolate-Crusted Pumpkin Pie

Eggnog Pear Pie

Old-Fashioned Apple Pie

Chocolate S’mores Pie

Apple Custard Pie with Oatmeal Crust

Sweet Potato Bourbon Pie

Vegan Chocolate-Pecan Pudding Pie

Candied Ginger Pumpkin Pie

Upside-Down Apple-Cinnamon Pie

Cranberry-Cherry Lattice Pie

Sweet Potato Pie


 More Holiday Recipes and Ideas from Vegetarian Times


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