Do you love a good sweet bread? What’s your favorite – banana nut, cinnamon, lemon? If you love sweet bread, I’ve got a great list of recipes for you. I have found 25 of the most amazing sweet bread recipes that you are definitely going to want to make this holiday season. Whether you need something to add to your dessert table, have family coming in and what a great sweet bread for breakfast or you want something delicious to add to a Christmas gift basket, these sweet bread recipes are beyond perfect.
I make an amazing banana nut bread for the holidays but this year, I wanted to expand on that. I love these recipes because they are all so different. There’s a wonderful apple streusel bread, an amazing coconut bread with lime glaze and even a cranberry orange bread that is really perfect for Christmas. These make wonderful gifts, too. Just add them to your gift baskets or wrap them up all by themselves. Anyone on your gift list will adore a delicious loaf of homemade sweet bread this Christmas. And if you really want to go all out with homemade gifts, be sure to take a look at these 100 homemade Christmas gifts that people will actually want to receive.
I do love giving homemade goodies for the holidays. I also love putting homemade goodies on my table and these sweet bread recipes are all so amazing. They’re really easy to make and many of them can be made with ingredients that you already have on hand. And, there are specialty breads in the list like Elvis’ banana bread and an amazing frosted eggnog bread. If sweet breads are your weakness – like they are mine – then you are absolutely going to want to take a look at these recipes. And, be sure to also check out 12 savvy Christmas organization tips that will help you to get through the holidays stress-free.
1. Apple Cinnamon Bread
This apple cinnamon bread has streusel swirled in it and it is amazing. This is a wonderful holiday bread and makes the perfect gift for anyone on your list. It is really easy to make and you get two full sized loaves from the recipe. Or, you could split it up into four mini loaves and have yummy apple bread for everyone.
2. Avocado Chocolate Bread
This luscious chocolate and avocado bread is dairy and gluten free. It’s a rich and really moist sweet bread that is perfect for gift giving or for placing on your dessert table. It is topped with mini chocolate chips and has coconut oil and coconut cream which help with the flavor and the texture. There are so many amazing coconut oil recipes for health, beauty and food!
3. Homemade Chocolate Cinnamon Bread
This delicious chocolate cinnamon bread only takes about 15 minutes to get ready for the oven and another hour to bake. It has a wonderful pound cake texture and is perfect for the holidays with its combination of cinnamon and chocolate. The recipe makes two nine inch loaves or you can split it up into a few mini loaves for baskets.
4. Chocolate Covered Cherry Bread
If you love cordial cherries then you are really going to love this chocolate covered cherry bread. This is literally chocolate bread that is topped with a cherry glaze and it is perfect for the holidays. It also has cherry morsels to give it even more of a cordial cherry taste. This one really is perfect for Christmas and is so easy to make.
5. Cinnamon Sugar Banana Pecan Bread With Raspberry Butter
The name of this bread alone makes me want to make it! Don’t let all of those ingredients in the name scare you though. This is a really simple sweet bread to make and there are just so many flavors to enjoy. With coconut oil, bananas, pecans and cinnamon, the bread alone is delicious and when you pair it with homemade raspberry butter...well, there’s just nothing better!
6. Coconut Bread With Lime Glaze
This coconut lime bread may not seem like a holiday suited sweet bread, but it is. The flavors are amazing and they’re perfect for Christmas on the coast – or if you’re just dreaming of going to the coast this Christmas. It’s also great as a gift for anyone who loves the beach or just anyone who loves unique flavors in a moist and delicious bread.
7. Cranberry Orange Bread
This cranberry orange bread is the perfect taste of the holidays. Fresh or frozen cranberries, orange zest and walnuts give it a wonderful flavor and this one is really easy to make. It just takes a few minutes to get it ready for the oven and then it bakes to golden perfection in under an hour. This one smells as good as it tastes! And, you can use the remainder of your orange peel to make your own DIY simmering potpourri. There are several ways that you can use leftover fruit and vegetable peels.
8. Easy Cream Cheese Sweet Bread
This luscious cream cheese sweet bread looks and tastes like a cheese Danish – and it is much easier to make than you may think. This one needs to be chilled for about eight hours, so it’s not one that you want to make on the day that you need it. But, you can make it ahead and store in the fridge for several days or put it in the freezer and thaw before you plan to serve it.
9. Elvis Presley Banana Bread
Everyone who knows anything about Elvis knows that he loved his peanut butter and banana sandwiches. This Elvis bread pays tribute to that favored snack in a sweet bread that is unlike anything you have ever eaten. With mashed bananas, crunchy peanut butter, chocolate chips and candied bacon – yes, bacon – this is literally the best sweet bread you will ever make. You’ll have your entire family saying, “Thank you; thank you very much!”
10. Frosted Eggnog Bread
What says “the holidays are here” better than eggnog? This frosted eggnog bread is perfect for serving throughout the holiday season or for giving away as a gift. It’s a really easy to make bread, too. It only takes 15 minutes to get it into the oven and when it comes out, you cover it with a delicious eggnog glaze that contains real eggnog, nutmeg and powdered sugar.
11. Gingerbread Bread
Gingerbread is another traditional taste of the season and you can serve it up with this gingerbread sweet bread. Instead of gingerbread cookies, you make this one into a loaf and it is really easy to bake. It has all of the delicious ingredients of traditional gingerbread including buttermilk, molasses, nutmeg and ginger, but it’s a moist bread that will take you less than an hour to bake from start to finish.
12. Fluffernutter Banana Bread
This delicious fluffernutter banana bread has so many of your favorite holidays flavors, like banana, marshmallow fluff and hot fudge. This is a delicious bread that is sure to be a huge hit at any party or in a gift basket. You stir hot fudge throughout the bread! It’s moist and filled with so many wonderful flavors.
13. Delicious Homemade Lemon Blueberry Bread
Lemon and blueberry are two of my favorite flavors, so I was really excited to find this bread that contains them both. This bread honestly looks as good as it tastes. The colors are amazing and perfect for gift giving, or you can serve this one for your holiday breakfast or add it to the dessert table. It’s a really flexible loaf and super easy to make – and it’s filled with blueberries and lemon zest and topped with a luscious lemon glaze.
14. Starbucks Inspired Cranberry Bread
This cranberry bliss bread is inspired by the cranberry bread from Starbucks. I just love a good Starbucks copycat recipe and this is one of the best. You use dried cranberries in this bread and add a few to the top to decorate on top of the frosting. The white frosting with red berries really has a beautifully festive look. This is one of the easiest breads to make and one of the best to add to your holiday gift giving.
15. Yummy Lemon Drop Bread
This amazing lemon drop bread is topped with candied lemon slices and it is absolutely divine. This would make such a beautiful gift – just wrap it up in cellophane and add a nice festive ribbon. It’s also perfect for a breakfast bread or for adding to your holiday dessert table. And, it only takes about an hour to make, including making the candied lemon slices.
16. Banana Apple Peanut Butter Bread
This bread is filled with so many flavors! The bananas and apples really complement each other and the peanut butter chips are amazing. This one uses applesauce instead of oil so it’s a bit healthier and it has coconut oil – there are so many amazing coconut oil recipes out there! The flavors work so well together and you get a full sized loaf from this one or you can split it up into two or three mini loaves.
17. Chocolate Peppermint Bread
Chocolate and peppermint are great flavors for the holidays and this chocolate peppermint bread has them both. Not only is this one delicious, it is really pretty when it’s finished and would make a wonderful homemade gift for the holidays. The bread has chocolate as well as peppermint extract and the topping is anything that you want to garnish it with, such as crushed Andes peppermints or peppermint chips and crushed peppermint candies.
18. Easy Homemade Pumpkin Challah Bread
This pumpkin bread is actually a centerpiece for your holiday table or you can just add it to your dessert table. It’s a delicious pumpkin flavored challah wreath and you can add homemade cinnamon honey butter to the center for spreading. Together, these two have the most wonderful flavor and this is a gorgeous bread to help dress up your dinner table.
19. Cream Cheese Pumpkin Bread
I love breads that are made with cream cheese. They are all just so moist and delicious and this cream cheese pumpkin bread is certainly no exception. This one is super easy to make and bakes up in about an hour. You get two loaves from this recipe so it’s perfect if you want to keep one and give one away or pour your batter into four or five mini loaves and have pumpkin bread for everyone.
20. Red Wine Apple Bread
You add just a cup of red wine to this apple bread to give it a wonderful flavor – don’t worry, the alcohol bakes right out. This one also has shredded apple, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg as well as homemade lemon curd – all of which work together to make it a moist and delicious sweet bread that is perfect for breakfast or dessert. It takes just over an hour to make and it is well worth the extra time.
21. Romanian Sweet Walnut Bread
This walnut bread, also known as Cozonac, is a Romanian traditional Easter and Christmas bread and it is so delicious. This one calls for rum but you can substitute rum extract if you prefer. It also has lemon zest and walnuts and a delicious filling that all bakes up into a beautifully colored bread that is perfect for gift giving.
22. Homemade Snickerdoodle Bread
Snickerdoodles are one of my favorite Christmas cookies and this bread has that amazing flavor of those favored cookies baked right in. With cinnamon chips, cinnamon, butter and sour cream, this is sure to be a favorite Christmas sweet bread, too. You get two full sized loaves out of this recipe, or you can split it up into several mini loaves for gift giving.
23. Swedish Coffee Tea Ring
If you want something that is going to decorate your table, this Swedish coffee bread is perfect. You make this into a wreath shape and you can put spread in the center or use the middle for added décor like small ornaments or evergreen. There are some amazing ways to add fresh evergreen to your Christmas decorating. This one is really easy to make and it is sweet and delicious.
24. Sweet Potato Holiday Bread
This sweet potato bread is perfect for Christmas breakfast or for adding to your homemade goodie baskets for gifts. With just a hint of cinnamon, it has a wonderfully festive taste and the sweet potatoes really give it a moist texture. You can also add walnuts or pumpkin seeds – or both – to give it a wonderful crunch. The recipe makes a full sized loaf or two to three mini loaves, depending on the size of your mini loaf pans.
25. Viennese Christmas Bread
This Viennese Christmas bread is also called Viennese striezel and it is a layered bread that is absolutely filled with flavor. The layers include candied cherries, dried cranberries, cardamom and orange. This one takes a while to make but it is definitely worth the extra time. It makes one large loaf and is perfect for serving for your holiday breakfast or adding to the dessert table. With rum – or rum extract – ginger, nutmeg and other flavors, this is definitely going to be a holiday favorite from now on.
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