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8 winter-white desserts

White Cake and Buttercream Frosting Recipes

Winter demands comfort food…but “comfort” isn’t always all about hearty, savory, labor-intensive dishes. Sometimes it’s a warm drink on a cold afternoon (with maybe just a touch of brandy in it). Sometimes it’s a tray of delicate delectables, shared with a few good friends. And sometimes it’s more simple than even that—as simple as a color that reminds you of something you love, like a dusting of powered sugar that suggests a beautiful white blanket of snow.

With the goal of brushing back the winter blues in mind, we challenged ourselves to reinvent “winter comfort food”…and the resulting recipes were both delightful and delicious. So curl up, cover up and get comfortable as we walk you through our (edible) winter wonderland of 8 snowy-white desserts.

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White Cake and Buttercream Frosting Recipes

White cake and buttercream frosting

Going back to the basics never tasted so good! With these recipes, you might have trouble deciding which is better, the moist vanilla cake or the creamy white frosting. Thankfully, you don’t really have to decide because they are always better together!

Lemon Meringue Cookie Recipe

Meringues with lemon custard & sugared blueberries

These lovely cookies feature soft folds of white meringue with creamy lemon custard filling and have just the right amount of sugared blueberries delicately resting on top. Even the most regal cookie lovers will be impressed.

Coconut Shortbread Cookie Recipe

White chocolate-coconut shortbread cookies

We’ve added a taste of the tropics to the ever-popular shortbread cookie. Dipped in melted white chocolate and shredded coconut, these cookies will whisk your taste buds away to warmer weather.

Classic Cheesecake Recipe

Classic cheesecake with vanilla crust

Nothing beats the smooth, creamy taste of cheesecake. With its sweetened sour cream topping and crust made from vanilla wafers crumbs, chances are this will become your new go-to cheesecake recipe.

Mini Bundt Cake Recipe

Mini bundt cakes

What’s better than one Bundt cake? Three mini frosted Bundt cakes, of course! Cap off these cute cakes with our simple vanilla frosting recipe. 

Mini 5-Spice Donuts Recipe

Mini 5-spice donuts

With their warm, spicy-sweet flavors, these homemade donuts will disappear from your breakfast table in no time. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and enjoy warm, fresh-baked donuts any time!

White Hot Chocolate Recipe

White hot chocolate

Warm your insides with this yummy white hot chocolate. For a minty flair, use a peppermint stick to stir this homemade snowy-white delight.

Panna cotta with berry compote

Some people think a good panna cotta is as good as dessert gets. With this recipe, you’ll get an A+ panna cotta with just the right jiggle, sweetness and flavor. Top this delightful dessert with our stewed berry sauce for extra credit.

Tina Stamos is a food stylist who lives in Austin, Texas. When she makes it out of the kitchen, she likes to explore Texas, eat tacos from food trucks and teach her dogs how to play Frisbee.