Whiskey-Vanilla Poke Cake Is The Grown-Up Dessert You Need Right Now

The holidays are a time for baking, but gingerbread and sugar cookies aren’t the only Christmas favorites worth whipping up. With flavors like whiskey, walnuts and vanilla, this recipe for whiskey-vanilla poke cake is a decadent way to take your holiday baking to the next level.

Although the elegant result is worthy of your holiday table, the recipe actually includes some clever shortcuts, like the use of yellow cake mix and instant pie filling. Once the bread has baked, you will poke holes in the bread so that you can pour the whiskey filling over it. (Yes, the recipe calls for real whiskey!)

The result is an ultra-moist and lovely take on quick bread that would also make a great gift. Wrap it up in holiday treat bags or cellophane and deliver some cheer to your neighbors and loved ones! (We love these oven-safe loaf pans from Target that feature Christmas designs.) Find the full recipe for whiskey-vanilla poke cake on Betty Crocker.

Looking for other easy holiday bread ideas to gift your loved ones?

Try this recipe for pear rhubarb quick bread, which proves that fruitcake really doesn’t deserve its cringey reputation. Made with fresh pears and chopped rhubarb, there is something old-fashioned and homey about this simple quick bread. The simplicity and wholesomeness of the recipe shine through, and the addition of cinnamon and nuts makes this a shoo-in for the breakfast table on Christmas morning. The full recipe is available on Betty Crocker.

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But if it’s holiday hedonism you’re seeking, look no further than this recipe for gingerbread cookie bars. This bake takes everything you love about gingerbread and turns it into handheld cookie bars that are covered with a sweet cream cheese frosting.

Made with sugar cookie mix and molasses — plus a generous dose of holiday spices like ginger, cloves, cinnamon and allspice — this quick bread smells heavenly as it bakes. And a light sprinkling of cinnamon atop the cream cheese icing makes it a pretty gift. This festive recipe can also be found on the Betty Crocker website.

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What are your favorite holiday recipes to bake up?