25+ Christmas Desserts Around The World To Make With Kids!

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One of the most magical times of the year to travel is during Christmas.  Christmas desserts around the world are often a site to behold!   Having been in Europe during this time and discovering Christmas desserts at Christmas markets or in the bakeries when we lived in London was so special.

Window shopping sweets and chocolate shops and bakeries around the world is one of my favorite things to do when traveling.  Many of these treats are so artfully done, they make beautiful gifts!

And then there's the taste – oh how I love gingerbread and a gorgeous Yule Log.  I also love learning about the history and traditions that come with Christmas desserts.  If you love to bake during Christmas, this year is the perfect one to add some new ideas.  Here are 25+ Christmas desserts around the world to make as you count down the days until Christmas!

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Strasbourg Christmas Market
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Why Bake Christmas Desserts Around The World With Kids

If you have read my 101+ Kid-Friendly Recipes From Around The World, you will know how we love to incorporate food into teaching our kids about countries around the world.  While food is a key part of most cultures around the world, during the holidays it is even more important.

Baking with kids at home is an excellent activity. Not only does it teach kids creativity, math, and science, but it is a great way to spend time during the holidays and learn about how Christmas is celebrated around the world.

When we have traveled during Christmas, we often bring home a souvenir to add to our Christmas decorations. Special items like Christmas tree ornaments from Austria, Santons from France, Christmas Crackers from England, and a Candle Carousel from Germany, add the gift of memories to our holidays.

Mixing in the flavors of Christmas desserts around the world to our celebrations helps our kids learn even more about cultures around the world.

 

kids at a chrimstmas market in germany
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How To Make Christmas Desserts Around The World Educational

Making Christmas desserts from around the world isn't just fun and delicious. You can include it in your home teaching or distance learning. Here are some ideas:

 

Step 1:  Research A Country Around The World

Choose a country your kids can study. You can take a day or week to learn about it.

As part of this discovery, inquire if Christmas is celebrated in this country.  If so, find out about the Christmas traditions unique to that country.  Are there special Christmas desserts that are enjoyed?

 

Step 2: Research The Christmas Desserts Of The Country or Research Christmas Desserts Around The World

You can ask:

  • What are the common Christmas desserts of the country?
  • Are there Christmas desserts enjoyed in many places around the world that are prepared differently?
  • Where are they sold (at Christmas markets, bakeries, or are just made at home.)
  • What do you notice about what ingredients they may use?  Are they similar to ingredients used in other Christmas desserts around the world?
  • Are there traditions related to the Christmas desserts (such as only enjoyed on Christmas eve or left out for Santa Clause).

 

Step 3: Research Christmas Traditions For Children In The Country

You can ask:

  • Do they have a Santa Clause-type tradition of a special person who brings children gifts or candies?
  • How are they called? (For example, in France, Santa Clause is called Père Noël .)
  • Does the country have special Christmas decorations or participate in other holiday activities?
  • What kinds of kid-friendly snacks around the world or in this country do the kids enjoy?

 

Step 4: Bake A Christmas Dessert Around The World or From The Country You Explored

You can make one of the desserts below or involve your kids in the cooking and baking process.

 

 

25+ Christmas Desserts Around The World To Make With Your Kids!

While I love to bake with my kids and enjoy Christmas desserts, I am no patisserie chef.  So, I asked some expert food bloggers for their favorite Christmas recipes from around the world, and boy did they deliver.

Many of these desserts are traditions in the country from which they come. And while not every country is represented, and some of these are desserts inspired by flavors of a country, they will certainly bring you lots of Christmas joy!

Here are more than 25+ Christmas desserts around the world you can make with your kids!

 

Canada

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Butter Tardt Bundt Cake by Food Meanderings blog

 

Croatia

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Croatian Kiflice by Sustain My Cooking Habit blog

 

Cuba

rum cake for christmas desserts around the world
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Bacardi* Rum Cake by Little Sweet Baker blog

*Adults should note: this recipe uses Rum. 

 

Czech Republic

Czech Republic checker Christmas Cookies Christmas Desserts Around The World
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Black and White European Christmas Cookies from Foodal blog

 

England

christmas pudding for christmas desserts around the world
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Air Fryer Mince Pies by Recipe This blog

Gingerbread People Cookies by Baking Beauty blog

My Best Ever Mince Pies by Sum of Their Stories blog

No-Bake Easy Christmas Mincemeat Cheesecake by Fuss-Free Flavors blog

Traditional British Christmas Cake by Bake It With Love blog

Traditional Christmas Pudding by Supergolden Bakes blog

 


 

France

French Yule log christmas desserts around the world
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Gluten-Free Yule Log by Rhian's Recipes blog

Instant Pot Rice Pudding With Caramel Sauce* by Little Sunny Kitchen blog

*Rice pudding is a dessert eaten all around the world. Because this recipe is with caramel sauce, the way it is served in France, we will put it here as a French delight!

Bûche de Noel (Yule Log) by Platter Talk blog

 

Read Santa Claus Around The World: Traditions of Christmas Around The World For Kids

 

Germany

stollen wreath christmas desserts around the world
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Apfelstrudel by Barth Bakery blog

Cinnamon Ginger Lebkuchen Bars by The Monday Box blog

German Bee Sting Cake by Barth Bakery blog

German Holiday Bread (Stollen) by Foodal blog

Old German Honey Cookies by Barth Bakery blog

Pfeffernusse German Christmas Cookies by Platter Talk blog

Stollen Wreath by Amy Treasure blog

 

Hungary

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Walnut Crescent Cookies by My Pure Plants blog

 

India

Indian Milk Fudge Christmas Desserts Around The World
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Chai Spice Apple Cake by Important Enough blog

Indian Date Rolls by The Winged Fork blog

Traditional East Indian Vanilla Cream Recipe by The Winged Fork blog

 

Italy

chocolate salami for christmas desserts around the world
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Italian Wedding Snowball Cookies by Strength & Sunshine blog

Italian Amaretto Cookies by Pink Fortitude blog

Grain-Free Amaretto Cookies by Strength & Sunshine blog

Grandma's Italian Butterball Cookies by Wow, It's Veggie?! blog

Vegan Chocolate Salami No Bake Dessert by Seven Roses blog

 

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Lebanon

sesame candy for christmas desserts around the world
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Three Ingredient Sesame Seed Crunch Candy by Strength & Sunshine blog

 

Mexico

tres-leches cake christmas desserts around the world
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Eggnog Flan Recipe by Living Sweet Moments blog

Sweet Tamale Recipe by 24 Bite blog

World Famous Snowball Cookies (also called Mexican wedding cookies) by Little Sweet Baker blog

 

Norway

norwegian krumkake
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Krumkake Recipe by Tikkido blog

 

Read Traditions of Holidays Around The World For Kids And Families

 

Poland

polish cookies christmas desserts around the world
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Vegan Kolaczki by Veggie Inspired blog

 

Puerto Rico

Three Milk Cake Christmas Desserts Around The World
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Coquito Tres Leches by Kids Are A Trip blog

 


 

Scotland

Scottish Shortbread Cookies
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Delicate Shortbread Cookies by At Home With Kathy blog

 

Sweden

Swedish Christmas Desserts
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Spiced Rasberry Linzer Cookies by The Spice Train blog

Swedish Saffron Buns by Barth Bakery blog

 

USA

Christmas Desserts Around the world holiday bundt cake
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Sugar Cookie Truffles by Greedy Eats blog

The Best Gluten-Free Vegan Fruitcake by Strength & Sunshine blog

 

 

 

Final Thought On 25+ Christmas Desserts From Around The World

Baking is such a big part of Christmas around the world.  It is a great time to fill your home with the warmth of traditions, with the smells and flavors of the holidays, and a great activity to involve the kids.   Trying one of these delicious Christmas dessert recipes from around the world will be fun and delicious for your family, and a great way to introduce your kids to world cultures and countries around the globe.

 

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Kathy | 19th Nov 20

    This is a wonderful collection. Thanks so much for putting in the work to assemble all of this.

  2. Amy Treasure | 20th Nov 20

    So many ideas I don’t know what to try first. Thanks!

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