Top 10 Christmas and Hanukkah Desserts

top 10 christmas hanukkah desserts

Here are the top 10 holiday desserts ranked from 10 to 1.

10. Fruitcake

We LOVE to hate this stuff. Nobody on earth has ever owned-up to either eating it or liking it. This spicy, dense, candied fruit concoction is the butt of many jokes. But, if you get one as a gift, here’s a tip on how to enjoy it. Open the tin, unwrap the cake, pour Grand Marnier over the entire cake, close tin, and let marinate. It is a game changer.

9. Mincemeat Pie

Other than Joey from “Friends” enjoying Rachel’s trifle, not many would say “meat good” when eating a dessert. Thankfully today’s mincemeat pies are meat in name only. Sometimes beef is still included in the traditional pies, but spiced apples and raisins are a lovely substitute.

8. Figgy Pudding

This is really more of a cake, not a pudding. This bread and fig concoction is sometimes covered in brandy and then set aflame, which may be reason enough to try it out this year.

7. Sufganiyot

Who doesn’t like a jelly-filled doughnut? This traditional Hanukkah dessert is fried in oil to symbolize the small quantity of oil used to light the Temple’s menorah that miraculously lasted eight days instead of one.

6. Rugelach

These crescent-shaped cookies are made from a cream-cheese or sour-cream dough and then wrapped around a filling made of sugar, nuts, and dried fruit.

5. Pumpkin Pie

It’s so good, having it for two holidays in a row makes perfect sense.

4. Gingerbread cookies

“Run, run as fast as you can, you can’t catch me I’m the Gingerbrrreeeaa”…CRUNCH. With these sweet and slightly spicy treats, the best part may be deciding which end to take a bite out of first.

3. Fudge

You can get fudge in all the quaint tourist towns in the summertime, but who hasn’t gotten some fudge from grandma or your neighbor at Christmas? Fudge is sweet, dense, and easy to make.

2. Yule Log

This dessert is basically a jelly roll cake – minus the jelly – made with a creamy filling and covered in a chocolate icing. What’s not to love?

1. Christmas Cookies

Snowballs, iced sugar cookies, thumbprint cookies. The list goes on. Christmas cookies are as fun to make as they are to eat, and you can never have enough. This is one time where store-bought options just don’t cut it. Homemade cookies for the win!

At My Gut Health Today, we understand how challenging it can be to live with a food intolerance, a food allergy, or a food sensitivity. One of the biggest challenges is finding tasty recipes and/or substitutions that won’t make us or our loved ones sick. Our My Gut Health Today recipe series features safe recipes for a variety of food intolerances and food allergies. Please carefully review all of the ingredients to ensure the recipe you are interested in is safe for you and your family to consume. Only you understand the unique nuances of your situation. We are simply offering helpful suggestions to hopefully make your cooking lives easier and your stomachs happier.


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