The days may be getting a little longer, but we’re still in the thick of those dark, cold months. Thankfully, we’ve got this list of some of the best winter desserts to beat those pesky winter blues.
Real talk, the span from January to March can be pretty tough, so do what you need to do to get through it. Edible cookie dough? Red velvet cake brownies? Orange cinnamon rolls? We can already feel our mood lifting.
25 Best Winter Desserts to Beat the Blues
1. Edible Sugar Cookie Dough
This recipe for edible sugar cookie dough delivers all the yums to our mouths, and doesn’t even need to bake. You only need five ingredients, and it mixes together in just a few minutes. New Year’s resolution: try not to make this every day.
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2. S’Mores in the Oven
S’Mores without the inevitability of smelling like campfire smoke for days? Looks like 2024 is already winning.
This sheet pan recipe is easy to create in bulk for any winter gatherings, and you don’t even need to remember the kindling.
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3. Sticky Toffee Pudding
Between crafting the sauce, batter, and the 30-minute baking time, this pudding might take a little more effort to make. But just blast the latest Jack Harlow and dance around while you’re baking. Then think about all the non-vanilla things you can do with that toffee sauce…
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4. Lemon Crinkle Cookies
These cookies feel like cheating. Only three ingredients and 12 minutes in the oven stand between you and the extra sprinkle of serotonin you need.
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5. Lemon Blueberry Sheet Cake
This easy sheet cake features the classic lemon and blueberry combination that’s always a winner in baking, and it can feed a crowd, so it’s great for January Sucks parties. Those exist, right?
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6. Arroz Con Leche (Mexican Rice Pudding)
While you stay at home in sweats, let your palate travel the globe with this international treat. Okay, you may need to travel to the grocery store for cinnamon sticks, rice, milk, and sugar, but that’s as far as you’ll have to go. Promise.
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7. Caramel Apple Dump Cake
If you’re not quite ready to let go of Fall flavors (#pumpkinspiceforever), this warm dessert is the perfect cozy January bake. Dump all the ingredients for apple pie filling into a casserole dish, top it off with dry cake mix, and enjoy.
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8. Fudgy Red Velvet Cake Mix Brownies
Red velvet anything is a sure way to beat the winter blues. And with just four ingredients, including white chocolate chip and red velvet cake mix, you can’t be blue about the prep time required for these.
9. Peanut Butter Blossoms
Channel some childhood nostalgia with these adorable 3-ingredient peanut butter cookies. And let’s be real, Hershey Kisses are the only kisses we need.
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10. Strawberry Crunch Cupcakes
If you see some good-lookin’ strawberries on the shelves, whip up these vanilla cupcakes with cream cheese frosting and strawberry crunch topping for a summer-y treat that will almost make you forget it’s winter. Just don’t look out the window.
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11. Chocolate Sprinkle Cookies
Sprinkles are the new crinkles. Either way, these rich chocolate cookies, made with cocoa powder, chocolate chips, and chocolate sprinkles, can fix anything.
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12. Ferrero Rocher Brownies
Now these are the ooey-gooey brownies we need to turn our frowns upside down. Packed with fudgy chocolate, Ferrero Rocher chocolates, and Nutella, these are packed with chocolate hazelnut realness.
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13. Orange Cinnamon Rolls
Dessert for breakfast or breakfast for dessert? These warmly spiced cinnamon rolls made with soft orange brioche dough make us feel all the good feels on dreary January days.
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14. Key Lime Cookies
Key lime pie is the ultimate summer dessert, but you can breathe a little warmth into your day with these zesty and chewy cookies. Beach towels and tans are not guaranteed.
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15. Gooey Chocolate Peppermint Oreo Cookies
There’s no need to be in peppermint withdrawal. Make those Christmas vibes last a little longer with these yummy cookies, made with cream cheese, Oreo cookies, and Andes candies. Plus, there’s no need to share with Santa.
16. Strawberry Shortcake Truffles
These truffles have a golden Oreo and strawberry cream cheese base, so they pretty much can’t be bad. Make a batch and eat them all week (or eat them all in a day, you deserve it queen).
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17. Hot Cocoa Cupcakes
Can we eat and drink hot cocoa at the same time? Yes, yes we can, thanks to these cupcakes that have hot cocoa mix in the batter and chocolate whipped cream frosting. This is what “living in the future” really means.
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18. Butter Tart Bars
Buttery shortbread topped with a sugar-butter filling that comes together in under an hour? Winter blues, meet your official cure.
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19. Chai Cookies
Since 2023 was the year of Taylor Swift (and let’s be real, 2024 probably will be, too) we had to include her beloved Chai Cookies recipe. Best enjoyed listening to any song on Evermore.
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20. Peanut Butter Brownie Cookies
These warm and melty brownie cookies are the perfect indulgence for a chilly winter day, stuffed with peanut butter and melted chocolate and ready in under half an hour. Sub in Nutella if you’re feeling fancy (possible side effect: death by chocolate).
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21. Mug Cake
Mug cakes remind us why it’s always smart to keep a box of cake mix and pint of frosting in the house at all times. Big cries can come out of nowhere, and mug cakes are ready in minutes.
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22. Strawberry Brownies
We did it, we found the perfect treat to enjoy while watching the new Mean Girls movie musical. All you need is strawberry cake mix, two eggs, and some veggie oil. How fetch is that?
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23. Funfetti Blondies
This easy, fun, and colorful bake is sure to brighten up your day. And in only the time it takes to watch one Parks and Rec episode, too.
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24. Biscoff Cookie Butter Skillet
The skillet cookie is a Hail Mary, but we guarantee it will put a smile on your face. Add cookie butter to your Biscoff cookies and you might just swoon with happiness. (Or is that just the sugar high?)
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25. No Bake Peanut Butter Pie
What? A delicious winter dessert without turning on the oven? Oh wait, we needed that for warmth purposes. Anyway, after one bite of this peanut butter pie featuring a chocolate cookie crust, you’ll get over it.
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