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Here are all the best warming winter desserts to make it through the season! Try cozy crumbles, chocolatey cakes, and chewy cookies.

Apple crumble

One way to survive gray, frigid days of winter? Snuggle up with cozy winter desserts! These recipes are meant to be an occasional treat, not an everyday affair. But anticipating a warming treat is what wintery meals are all about! Try a cozy-spiced crumble, a gooey chocolate cookie cake, or a skillet full of warm bananas swimming in rum sauce.

What ingredients are best for winter dessert recipes? Treats in the colder months tend to feature apples, bananas, citrus, cherries, spices, and chocolate. Whatever the case, these treats will warm you from the inside out! Ready to get baking?

And now…the best winter desserts!

More winter ideas

Want meals to accessorize with these treats? Here are a few more recipe ideas for winter eating:

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Apple crumble

Winter Apple Crumble (& More Desserts!)

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x


This apple crumble recipe is really the best! Cozy and classic, it stars a golden, crunchy topping over a layer of warm-spiced fruit.


  • 2 pounds sweet tart crisp cooking apples, about 6 cups diced (like Pink Lady, Honeycrisp, Granny Smith, Jonathon or Jonagold)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 7 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted (or vegan butter)


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Core, peel and dice the apples into 1/2-inch chunks. Combine the apples with the lemon juice, cornstarch, granulated sugar, 1 ½ teaspoons of the cinnamon, ginger, and allspice in a large bowl and toss until well coated. Pour into a round 9-inch pie pan, 9 x 9 inch baking dish or 7 x 11 baking dish.
  3. Make the topping: In a medium bowl, add the flour, brown sugar, the remaining ½ teaspoon cinnamon, baking powder and kosher salt. Mix together with a fork. Pour in the melted butter while mixing with the fork until a crumbly mixture forms. Use your fingers to sprinkle the crumbles evenly over the filling.
  4. Bake: Bake for 45 to 50 minutes until the top is evenly golden brown and the filling is bubbly. Cool for 1 hour, then serve. Store at room temperature covered for 1 day, refrigerated for 4 days, or frozen for up to 3 months. Reheat in a 350 degree oven until bubbly.
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Winter desserts, winter dessert recipes

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you’ll want to make again and again.

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