Festive Dessert Ideas to Warm Up Winter Days

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Winter desserts are no longer limited to milk and cookies. Garnish your s’mores with flavored marshmallows, make edible pinecones or create a gourmet hot chocolate bar. Yum! We snooped around blogs for the most inspired dessert ideas, so scroll down for six ways to spice up your favorite meal of the day.

Snowflake-Filled Snowman Cookies
These snowman cookies are elegant, whimsical and sure to delight your winter bunny. They’ll be having such a blast shaking their treat like a snow globe that you’ll actually have to remind them to take a bite. Visit Hungry Happenings, a festive food blog, for the recipe.


photo: Hungry Happenings

Sprinkle-Rimmed Milk Cups
Dip the rim of your cup in sprinkles before adding the milk! This bright and fun addition is an easy way to spice up your kiddo’s regular drink. This was great idea is apart of Style Me Pretty‘s amazing Sprinkle Party, which you can see more of here.


photo: Style Me Pretty

Chocolate Snowy Pine Cone
Can you believe this crunchy dessert is made up of breakfast food? Cereal is stuck together with fave spreadings like peanut butter and Nutella for a result that’s almost too pretty to eat. Visit DIY blog Handmade Charlotte for the tutorial on constructing your edible pinecone.


photo: Handmade Charlotte

Gourmet S’mores Table
Take a break from ice cream and step up your s’mores game with a little color and extra zest. Try adding toasted coconuts, almonds or even a change in chocolate flavor. This ooey-gooey dessert will turn any chilly day into a toasty experience of sweet fun. Check out the flavorful options by boutique cookie baker Jennifer Burkhart of Cookie Creatives.


photo: Cookie Creatives 


Marshmallow Apple Dump Cake
Nothing warms us up from head to toe better than apple cider, which is why we’re super excited about Frugality Girl’s dump cake. It’s like having our favorite winter drink in a cake. Find out how to get that cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg flavor combined with a crumbly top over at Frugality Girl here.


photo: Frugality Girl


“Frozen” Dessert Table
Chances are your snow princess or prince is still singing a few tunes from this popular movie and will squeal at the sight of any Frozen-themed dessert. Craft and party planning blog Two Sisters’ Craft made a truly spectacular Frozen dessert table filled with blue rice krispies, snowflake pretzel bites and more. See the full spread here.


photo: Two Sisters’ Craft

Hot Chocolate Bar
Keep those hands warm with a cup of cocoa — but not just any ordinary hot chocolate. Create a spread of delectable toppings so your shortstop can pick and choose whatever his or her heart desires. Creative blog Ginger Snap Crafts presents the most appetizing add-ons, from mini marshmallows to candy cane stirrers. Click here to get more sweet inspiration.


photo: Ginger Snap Crafts

Edible Snow
Guests of Kojo Design’s Snow Bunny party thought these decorations were plain cottons balls at first, but smiles broke out all over when they found out it was edible white cotton candy. Kudos to lifestyle and DIY project blog Kojo Design for coming up with this amazing, yet simple idea that’ll transform any dessert table into a winter wonderland.


photo: Kojo Design

What dessert is your go-to on winter days? Share them with us in the Comments below! 

— Christal Yuen