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15 Holiday Baking Championship Recipes to Try This Holiday Season

Julie Sprankles is a freelance writer living in the storied city of Charleston, SC. When she isn't slinging sass for SheKnows, she enjoys watching campy SyFy creature features (Pirahnaconda, anyone?), trolling the internet for dance work...

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Rockin' around the KitchenAid

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Rockin' around the KitchenAid

I don’t know about you, but when the holidays roll around, I just want to binge-watch holiday programs and bake up a storm. Of course, there will always be those traditional holiday recipes we all turn to this time of year. But it’s always fun to add a few festive new recipes to the mix, am I right?

Enter Food Network’s Holiday Baking Championship. Not only is this merry little culinary competition fantastic for picking up kitchen tricks, but it’s also a rich source of fresh holiday fare. Sure, some of it is a bit complex for the baking beginner. However, there are novel twists on holiday classics in equal measure.

From a pumpkin pie topped with rum cheesecake to a cake filled with butternut squash pudding, there’s plenty of inspiration to get you through your holiday baking craze. Here are the recipes I can’t wait to try in my own kitchen this year (albeit sans the watchful eyes of judges Duff Goldman, Lorraine Pascale and Nancy Fuller).

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Triple spice creme brulee

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Triple spice creme brulee

Cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg give this crème brûlée a tasty (and fragrant!) holiday twist. 

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Chocolate beet cake

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Chocolate beet cake

The 2 cups of beets cleverly hidden in this cake offer a beautiful boost in nutrients and color (sans beet taste).

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Apple, pear & cranberry crisp

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Apple, pear & cranberry crisp

If the festive fruit blend doesn't make you crave this crisp, the toffee pecans and cinnamon ice cream surely will.

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White chocolate, pear & fig morning bread

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White chocolate, pear & fig morning bread

Looking for that perfect post-Thanksgiving or Christmas breakfast? Try this tasty morning bread

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Cranberry meringue pie

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Cranberry meringue pie

Brandied cranberry sauce topped with toasty meringue in pie form is the stuff holiday food dreams are made of. 

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Pilgrim whoopie pie

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Pilgrim whoopie pie

Could these crafty pilgrim whoopie cakes be any cuter or more perfect for the holidays? 

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Roasted butternut squash pudding cake

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Roasted butternut squash pudding cake

Roasted butternut squash, marshmallow meringue, pecan rum cake syrup... drooling over this cake yet?

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Orange-rosemary cookies

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Orange-rosemary cookies

Fresh rosemary and an orange glaze elevate these soft and buttery cookies

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Gingersnap ice cream sandwich

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Gingersnap ice cream sandwich

Ditch the stale gingerbread house in favor of gingersnap cookies stacked with ginger-vanilla ice cream.

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First snow cherry pie

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First snow cherry pie

Snowflake sugar cookies on top balance the tartness of this pie's cherry and cranberry filling.

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Molasses crackle cookies

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Molasses crackle cookies

When a cookie is described as chewy, spicy and heavenly, you know it's gonna be a holiday home run. 

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Candied walnut mousse

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Candied walnut mousse

This candied walnut mousse is served on a gingerbread platter in a gingerbread bowl, y'all. Enough said? 

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Sugar cookies with orange-cinnamon icing

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Sugar cookies with orange-cinnamon icing

Sugar cookies in the shape of snowflakes (with orange-cinnamon icing to boot!) would warm any wintery heart.

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Pumpkin cream pie

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Pumpkin cream pie

This fresh spin on pumpkin pie sits on a graham cracker crust and is topped with rum cheesecake. Y-U-M. 

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