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Holiday: Dessert Recipes

It's hard to resist all the yummy desserts that come with the holiday season! From the parties, to the shopping, it is always a challenge to find time to do homemade baking. Even the word "homemade" can sound like a lot of work and effort but trust us, these recipes are super easy and will taste way better than store-bought. Hope you love these delicious recipes as much as we do! Enjoy XX. 

Bonnie Stern's Shortbread 

These are one of our favourite recipes for the holiday season! Not only are shortbread a classic Christmas cookie but this recipe is so easy and not time consuming. Shortbread are so fun to make because you can decorate them for the season, adding red and green sprinkles to make the cookie season appropriate. Bonnie Sterns shortbread is the absolute best! Definitely satisfying your holiday sweet tooth! 


  • 2 cups of salted butter 
  • 1 cup of fruit sugar 
  • 3 1/4 cups of all purpose flour 
  • 1/2 cup of rice flour 
  •  Small amount of icing sugar for dusting 


1. Place butter in mixer and beat until light and fluffy. Add sugar slowly and continue to beat until its fluffy.  

2. Combine the all purpose flour with rice flour. Mix it well. Add in the butter and stir. Making sure its mixed well and the consistency is smooth. 

3. Take pieces of the dough and roll into 1-inch balls. Place each of the balls on a baking sheet with parchment paper lining the pan. Press cookies down to make them flatter in shape. Bake at 300F for 25-30 mins until golden brown. 


Aida Mollenkamp's Cinnamon Roll Bread Pudding 



  • 2 cups of whole milk 
  • 3/4 cup of heavy cream 
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup of granulated sugar plus 1 tablespoon for garnish 
  • 1/3 of flavoured liqueur 
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract 
  • 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt 
  • 7 cups of large dice cinnamon challah 
  • 1 cup of toasted walnuts 


1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. 

2. Mix together the milk, cream, eggs, sugar, liqueur, vanilla and salt. Mix until all the ingredients are mixed smoothly together. Break apart the bread and walnuts and place evenly in a 2 quart baking dish. Pour the custard mixture of the bread, giving it around 15 minutes to soak in. 

3. Next, bring about 8 cups of water to a simmer over medium- high heat. 

4. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of sugar over the bread. Set the filled baking dish into a larger roasting pan and add the hot water until it reaches half-way up the sides of the baking dish. Bake until the bread is brown on top and the custard is set. Cool for about 15 mins. 


Jam Thumbprint Cookies 

A staff favourite here at V.O.C is the festive and traditional jam thumbprint cookie. These cookies are so delicious and perfect for Christmas. These cute little holiday bites can be filled with a preferred filling of the person you are baking them for, adding a personalized touch. Its no secret we are huge Barefoot Contessa fans, so we thought it would only be fitting to share her amazing thumbprint recipe!


  • 3 sticks of unsalted butter 
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract 
  • 3 1/2 cups of flour 
  • 1/4 teaspoon of kosher salt 
  • 1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon of water 
  • 7 ounces of flaked sweetened coconut flakes 
  • Raspberry jam or whichever you like 


1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. With an electric mixer, mix the butter and sugar together. Once those two ingredients are mixed, add the vanilla. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour and salt. 

2. With the mixer on low speed, add the flour mixture to the butter and sugar. Mix the ingredients until dough starts to form. Take a flat board and sprinkle with flour. Take the dough and place on the board and roll it out into a flat disk. Wrap the dough in plastic and chill for 30 mins. 

3. After the dough has been chilling for 30 mins, roll into 1 1/4-inch balls. Dip each of the dough balls into the egg and water mixture and then roll in the coconut flakes. 

4. Once all the balls are dipped and rolled in coconut, place them on an ungreased cookie sheet. Press each cookie down with your thumb to make them flatter and create an indent on the top. Drop a teaspoon of your preferred jam in the indent made with your finger. 

5. Bake for 20-25 minutes until coconut flakes are golden. Enjoy! 


Martha Stewart's Chocolate Chip Cookies 

This is one of our go-to recipes for any occasion! These soft delicious cookies will be a hit at any holiday party you attend this season! Martha Stewart's recipe is so easy and tasty, you can easily whip up these cookies if you are in a pinch this holiday season. 


  • 2 sticks of unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup of granulated sugar 
  • 1 large egg 
  • 1 1/2 cups packed light-brown sugar 
  • 12 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate chips 
  • 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract 
  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour 
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt 


1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Combine the butter and both sugars in a bowl and mix until the mixture is light and fluffy. Add vanilla extract and egg. Make sure ingredients are mixed together well. 

2. In a separate bowl mix together the flour, baking soda and salt. Add these ingredients to the butter mixture. Mix together until its combined. Add the chocolate chips in. 

3. Scoop out balls of dough, roughly 2 tablespoons of dough, and place on the cookie sheets with parchment paper. Each cookie should be around 3 inches apart. Bake for 16-18 mins (until cookies are golden). 



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