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'Tis the season of warm kitchens, flour-dusted aprons and the scent of cinnamon and sugar lingering in the air. In many cultures, holiday baking revolves around sweet breads, which are perfect as gifts or warm from the oven on Christmas morning. Presenting 15 of our favorites.
This traditional German bread is a far cry from the stale fruitcakes of yore.
Our two favorite food groups, together at last.
We’ll never turn down anything with cinnamon streusel on top.
Store-bought puff pastry is the key to this quick and easy holiday favorite.
Don’t forget the cream-cheese frosting.
The only thing that could possibly make it more irresistible? An eggnog glaze.
The traditional Italian holiday cake is like a glazed, fruit-and-chocolate-studded brioche.
Aka the key to winning Christmas morning.
You know what? Let’s top everything with crushed candy canes.
The perfect centerpiece to your holiday table.
Filled with sugar and spice and everything nice (in this case: orange liquor, chopped pecans and dates).
A lighter take on the classic loaf, for when you need a little break from holiday decadence.
Challah and Christmas don’t usually go in the same sentence, but the rich, buttery dough is perfect here.
With a little rum extract for that boozy kick.
These take a little extra work—but we promise, they’re so worth it.
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