10+ Vintage Christmas Dessert Recipes That’ll Make You Nostalgic
Add an old-school touch to your holiday dessert table with one of these vintage Christmas dessert recipes. From sugarplum cake to Strufoli, these classic desserts have survived the test of time.
Baked Cranberry Pudding
These vintage Christmas desserts will bring back all the memories. “This is an old-fashioned pudding that’s a cranberry lover’s delight. Serve warm topped with whipped cream for an elegant look, or in bowls with rich cream poured over for a homey touch.” —Lucy Meyring, Walden, Colorado
Get the recipe for Baked Cranberry Pudding.
Marzipan Yule Logs
“For an extra-special treat at Christmastime, I shape these little candies using homemade almond paste. The chocolate-coated logs have cute cherry and pecan decorations.” —Margery Richmond, Fort Collins, Colorado
Get the recipe for Marzipan Yule Logs.
Italian Holiday Cookies
“Many of our holiday traditions centre around the foods my mother made while I was growing up. These cookies, which we called “Strufoli”, bring back wonderful memories.” —Sue Seymour, Valatie, New York
Get the recipe for Italian Holiday Cookies.
“I’ve been making this during the holiday season for nearly 50 years. When we flew to Alaska one year to spend Christmas with our daughter’s family, I carried my stollen on the plane!” —Rachel Seel, Abbotsford, British Columbia
Get the recipe for Almond-Filled Stollen.
Tiny Tim’s Plum Pudding
“In A Christmas Carol, everyone claps for plum pudding. Our family has made this pudding our own tradition, and it really is something to clap for.” —Ruthanne Karel, Hudsonville, Michigan
Get the recipe for Tiny Tim’s Plum Pudding.
Pulled Taffy Candy Canes
“My grandmother always made these at Christmastime and said her mother did, too. The soft and chewy canes have a great minty flavour. They’re especially nice because the whole family can pitch in to prepare them.” —Sheryl O’Danne, Port Townsend, Washington
Get the recipe for Pulled Taffy Candy Canes.
Grandma’s Pecan Rum Bars
“My grandmother handed down the recipe for these gooey bars that we all love. The candied cherries are a must.” —Deborah Pennington, Falkville, Alabama
Get the recipe for Grandma’s Pecan Rum Bars.
Sticky Toffee Pudding with Butterscotch Sauce
“The classic Sticky Toffee Pudding is a traditional dessert in the United Kingdom. I love that I can just stay home and bake this cake version, featuring saucy butterscotch.” —Agnes Ward, Stratford, Ontario
Get the recipe for Sticky Toffee Pudding with Butterscotch Sauce.
Caramel Nut Logs
“It’s a good thing this recipe makes a lot—the wrapped logs never stick around long! They take a bit of effort to make but are well worth it.” —Karen Haen, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
Get the recipe for Caramel Nut Logs.
Old-World Ricotta Cheesecake
“I reconstructed this dessert based on an old recipe that had been in the family for years but was never written down. The subtle cinnamon flavour of the zwieback crust reminds me of the cheesecake I enjoyed as a child, but substitute other crumbs if you like.” —Mary Beth Jung, Hendersonville, North Carolina
Get the recipe for Old-World Ricotta Cheesecake.
“Family and friends are surprised to hear this simple cake gets it moist flavour from a jar of baby food. It’s a nice, light dessert.” —Denita DeValcourt, Lawrenceburg, Tennessee
Get the recipe for Sugarplum Cake.
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