7 Festive Recipes to get You in the Holiday Spirit

Cover all of your holiday baking basics with these seven festive recipes. Here you’ll find some of our best cookie recipes, gingerbread cakes, low cal treats, candied nuts and more…

7 festive recipes to get you in the holiday spirit

Here are our seven favourite festive recipes that we’re featuring this year. These are tried-and-true recipes that have been readers’ favourites for years. And we have two new recipes — my new favourites (adaptations of other popular recipes on this site).

Bridget’s new favourites:

Gingerbread Shortbread Bars

buttery gingerbread shortbread bars

I can’t get enough of ginger, especially this time of year. And the scent of gingerbread anything baking makes my home feel like the best place in the world. Out of this came a new version of Ginger Shortbread. My new version has a more buttery texture and loads of gingerbread flavour.

Spicy Ginger Molasses Crinkle Cookies

Ginger molasses crinkle cookies have that perfect texture that's not too soft and not too chewy.

This is an adaptation of my grandmother’s recipe for crinkle cookies. I added extra ginger and a bit more flour to keep them from being too soft. These cookies travel well so a great for gifting.

Tried-and-True favourites:

Old Fashioned Gingerbread

This is the gingerbread cake I grew up with and remains my favourite. Serve it with whipped cream, or Caramel Sauce (a true butterscotch, really) or both…

old fashioned gingerbread cake

Sparkly Chocolate Ginger Cookies

Think of your favourite ginger cookie, with a little chocolate added. Even more delicious, and extra pretty, when dipped in melted chocolate. Great for gifting.

Sparkly Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread Loaf with Cream Cheese Icing

This old time sour cream gingerbread cake gets a different look when baked in a loaf pan. Great texture and easy to package up if you want to send it off someplace. A top coat of cream cheese icing makes it extra festive.

Sour cream gingerbread loaf is so easy to make. It's a light textured cake that stays moist for days stored in a tin. Great as a snack cake or for entertaining.

Coconut Macaroons

Always satisfying and a little healthyish. Easy to make gluten-free. And easy to dress up with a little melted chocolate.

Chewy Coconut Macaroons are Easy & Low Cal

Gingerbread Spiced Almonds

So easy to make for a quick nibble. Good for sharing and a nice treat with drinks before dinner.

Looking for more Christmas baking ideas? Find all of our Christmas Baking recipes here.

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8 thoughts on “7 Festive Recipes to get You in the Holiday Spirit

  1. Nancy says:

    Love your recipes, not just at Christmas but all year round!

  2. donna london says:

    love receipes from Crosbys

  3. Shar Murphy says:

    i can’t Waite to try

  4. Verlene says:

    My all time favorite with Crosby’s molasses is the old fashioned Gingerbread cake. My mother made this cake almost every week. I am far from a child now but it remains to this day my favorite.

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Verlene, I’m with you, that old fashioned gingerbread cake is a favourite.

  5. Heather White says:

    Thank you ,making my day brighter ! Recipes for the holiday taste of home , just arrived to us out here in BC ! Can’t wait to sip and bake ! Love love our Crosby’s Molasses ! Memories galore !

  6. Alma Dirpaul says:

    What a great selection of recipes. Can you tell me the difference between fancy and baking molasses? When I should one over the other?

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Alma, I use fancy molasses for almost all of my baking. It’s the highest grade of molasses — simply sugarcane juice boiled into a syrup (like maple syrup). It’s sweeter and milder than cooking molasses. Cooking molasses is 70% fancy molasses and 30% blackstrap molasses. Blackstrap is very robust with bitter notes. Tasty in its own way but very strong. Ultimately it comes down to your taste buds — what molasses flavour you prefer.

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