15 Holiday Dessert Recipes From Around The World


It’s never too late to start a new holiday tradition with some old holiday traditions! Enjoy the taste of the festive season no matter where you are, or just make them at home. These are sure to put some joy in your stocking this year!

England: Christmas Pudding



Christmas Pudding

Also called figgy or plum pudding (actually made with raisins), this more resembles what we know as a fruitcake and has been a holiday staple in the UK for over 200 years. Sometimes it’s doused with brandy and set aflame, sometimes there are tiny charms baked into the mix that signify your fortune in the new year.

Australia: Pavlova



Named for the ballerina, the Pavlova is a warm-weather dessert, because Christmas is in summertime Down Under. This wonder has a hard meringue shell filled with fluffy cream layers inside and is traditionally presented with fresh fruit.

Mexico: Rosca de Reyes (Three Kings Cake)



Another holiday tradition is Epiphany or Twelfth Night, usually celebrated on January 6 as the feast of the three wise men. In Mexico, gifts are exchanged this night, not Christmas, in recognition of the gifts of the magi. This sweet delight is good enough to make all year round.

France: Bûche de Noël



This French holiday favorite is basically an edible Yule Log cake; think of the world’s biggest Hostess Ho Ho. The more the cake looks like an actual log, the better – be sure to sprinkle some powdered sugar on top for a nice snow illusion!

India: Kulkul



Native to the Goa region, this is a curly cookie made traditionally with coconut milk and shaped with a special tool… but you can use a fork to get the same effect, so have fun with these and we dare you not to eat them all right out of the oven.

Jamaica: Rum Cake



Yes, it’s a fruitcake, but with a wonderful twist: the rum! The dried fruit is infused with rum, the longer the better, but also the longer the stronger. For a party with adults, this would really make the season bright. You’ll be sorry for every bad word you’ve ever said about fruitcake.

Sweden: St. Lucia Buns



This saint’s day (December 13) is celebrated as part of the Swedish Christmas tradition, during which a girl dons a white robe and a red sash and a holly wreath crown of candles and delivers coffee and sweet buns called “lussekatter” to the parents in bed. Now, this is one tradition we can all get on board with!

Germany: Pfeffernuss



The most delicious way to serve gingerbread is in these tiny cookies. Made with cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and anise, they’re called “Pepper Nut” cookies because they’re small like nuts and you can eat them by the handful. Feel free to test this theory! These cookies are enjoyed all through Germany, Denmark, and the Lowland countries and are specifically identified with the feast of St. Nicholas on December 6.