Here are all the best warming winter desserts to make it through the season! Try cozy crumbles, chocolatey cakes, and chewy cookies.
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:
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:
- 20 Warming Winter Recipes These meals are full of nourishing ingredients, from pot pies to cozy soups.
- 10 Best Winter Salad Recipes Winter is a great time for salads: there are lots of beautiful fresh ingredients to feature.
- 12 Winter Drinks for the Season What’s cozier than a cup of mulled cider or masala chai?
- 15 Best Squash Recipes Grab all the best that winter squash has to offer.
- 30 Soup Recipes Everyone Should Try Soups are always in season in the winter.
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
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
For the crumble
- 3/4 cup all purpose flour (or almond flour for gluten-free)
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 8 tablespoons cold unsalted butter (or coconut oil for vegan)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Core, peel and thinly slice the apples. Peel the ginger and grate it.
- Combine the apple slices and filling ingredients in large bowl and toss with your hands until well coated.
- 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).
- Grease a 9 x 13-inch baking dish. Place the apple filling in the bottom, then evenly distribute the crumble over the top.
- 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 (classic, vegan or bourbon infused), or ice cream.
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Baked
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: Winter desserts
Last updated: February 2021
About the Authors
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.