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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Gustavus chapter.

As the temperature continues to drop and snow gets closer in the forecast, I get an itch to pull out my cookie sheets and electric hand mixer. If you’re like me, fall and winter flavors make your mouth water and you find yourself searching Pinterest for fun new recipes to try while you’re home for break. Well, look no further — here are five desserts for you to try during your holiday baking binge:

1. Apple Cider Baked Donuts

I ‘donut’ know about you, but I can’t wait to try making these apple cider rings of deliciousness. If you’re lactose intolerant like I am, simply replace the butter with vegetable oil (¾ cup oil to 1 cup butter) or, even better, applesauce (½ cup apple sauce to 1 cup butter)! For the full recipe and baking instructions, follow this link.

2. Pumpkin Pie Bites

If you like bite-sized treats, these pumpkin pie bites are the perfect fall finger food for you. Between the seasonal flavors, homemade crust and guilt-free portion size, you’ll love this Pinterest-worthy recipe by Sugar Apron

3. Gingerbread Cupcakes

A spin on a holiday classic, these gingerbread cupcakes are the perfect treat for Minnesota’s winter months. The recipe also includes a recipe for a cream cheese frosting, but you can use your favorite family icing to top off this nutmeg-allspice-everything nice dessert. 

4. Winter White Red Velvet Fudge

Ever heard of this rich holiday-in-a-nutshell treat? Don’t worry — the café sucre farine has you covered. Who knew that only eight ingredients and three hours could produce such a beautiful block of chocolate? Additionally, you can substitute red for blue food coloring to create another winter-themed treat. 

5. Peppermint Oreo Truffles

If you want to step up your holiday game, ditch the candy canes and try making these peppermint Oreo truffles. Just like your traditional Oreo truffles, there is no oven required for this recipe and are super easy to make. Thanks, Two Twenty One, for this awesome recipe


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