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Festive cookies, giftable treats and show stopping chocolate centre pieces like Sacher torte are all great reasons to get into some holiday baking.
Perhaps you have some more time on your hands at home, got some new baking recipe books or got the family round. Why not take the time to become that domestic goddess/god in the kitchen you'd always dreamed of becoming and suprise your family and friends.
We have just the selection of holiday baking recipes to tempt you into donning your apron and locating that rolling pin. From simple and delicious pumpkin cookies to a choclate yule log, get creative in the kitchen this holiday season with our collection of recipes below.
Home baked goods also make perfect holiday season gifts. If you're looking to give your edible sweets to a loved one learn how to package your edible holiday gifts like a boss with our handy guide.
These irresistible dark chocolate sponge cupcakes are topped off with decadent white chocolate and sugar strands. Perfect for giving, but also for pure self indulgence.
Make the holiday season complete with the classic yuletide log. Great for creating a stir at a festive gathering.
If you're a sweet fan you'll love this quark nougat cake with raisins which serves as a very easy dessert with a nut icing on top.
No one will be able to resist these eyecatching red velvet cupcakes topped off with an opulent vanilla cream icing and fresh redcurrants.
This traditional dessert from Siena in Italy captures those beautiful holiday aromas with candied and dried fruit and spices.
More ambitious bakers will love the chance to perfect these traditional mini Italian panettone. They make for a great gift or tea time treat.
These Provence style cookies have fragrant notes of lavender baked into them making them a perfect adult choice.
Looking for a quick and easy baking fix? Try baking up these pumpkin cookies with a creamy brown butter icing: a classic American recipe by the foodblogger Laurel Evans.
This beloved Austrian chocolate cake adds an elegant centre piece to any social gathering .
More: Don't miss our collection of chocolate Christmas desserts.