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

Winter desserts

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
  • 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: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x


What’s a better winter dessert than a big pan of apple crumble? This one makes a 9 x 13 pan of classic crunchy topping and a gooey cinnamon and ginger apple filling.



For the filling

  • 6 medium to large cooking apples
  • 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Zest of 1/2 lemon
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

For the crumble

  • ¾ cup all purpose flour (or almond flour for gluten-free)
  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 8 tablespoons cold unsalted butter (or coconut oil for vegan)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Core, peel and thinly slice the apples. Peel the ginger and grate it.
  3. Combine the apple slices and filling ingredients in large bowl and toss with your hands until well coated.
  4. In separate bowl, make the crumble topping: stir together the flour, brown sugar, oats, walnuts and kosher salt. Add the vanilla and stir. Cut the butter into small pieces and add to bowl. Use pastry cutter or fork to fully incorporate the butter (or room temperature coconut oil).
  5. Grease a 9 x 13-inch baking dish. Place the apple filling in the bottom, then evenly distribute the crumble over the top.
  6. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes until browned and bubbly. Allow to cool slightly, then serve with Greek yogurt or creme fraiche sweetened with a drizzle of maple syrup, whipped cream (classicvegan or bourbon infused), or ice cream.
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Winter desserts

Last updated: February 2021

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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