Classic Greek Holiday Desserts and Pastries

Indulge on these classic Greek desserts this holiday season

Indulge your sweet tooth and delight your guests with these fabulous Greek desserts and pastries this holiday season. From classic baklava to decadent Greek rice pudding, these treats will be the perfect ending to any festive holiday gathering.

  • 01 of 10


    Baklava recipe

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    This dessert is a perennial favorite. This classic Greek pastry is made with flaky phyllo dough that is layered with a cinnamon-spiced nut filling and bathed in sweet syrup. It’s crunchy, sweet, and very decadent.

  • 02 of 10


    Custard pie with phyllo recipe

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    If you can get past the tongue twister name, Galaktoboureko (gah-lahk-toh-BOO-reh-koh) may easily become your favorite Greek pastry. This Greek custard pie is a divine combination of creamy custard and flaky phyllo dough that is baked to golden perfection then drenched with a lemon and orange infused syrup.

  • 03 of 10




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    If there was one Greek cookie that epitomizes Christmas, this would be it. Though the name may be difficult to pronounce, these spiced honey cookies very easy to make and are perfectly flavored with orange,  cinnamon, and drenched in a sweet syrup. 

  • 04 of 10




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    This moist and delicious Greek Semolina cake is flavored with a touch of lemon and sweetened with a simple syrup flavored with ​orange zest. Best of all, this cake is fairly easy to make and can be made ahead of time.

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  • 05 of 10




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    These simple shortbread cookies are made with confectioner's sugar and almonds. Any Greek family celebration wouldn’t be complete without these light, melt-in-your-mouth cookies. Be sure to make extra as these will go fast!

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    Greek rice pudding

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    This Greek rice pudding is a thick and creamy treat that can be made ahead of time and chilled. Serve in single-serve glasses or a large party bowl so guests serve themselves.

  • 07 of 10


    Greek honey pie


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    Part custard, part cheesecake, a this Greek Honey Pie or Melopita (meh-LOH-peeta) is a versatile dessert that can be customized in many different ways. This recipe also works well as a tart, smaller tartlets, and can be used with a premade crust if you're short on time.

  • 08 of 10


    Greek Butter Cookies With Sesame (Koulourakia) Recipe

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    The name for these traditional Greek Butter Cookies comes from their round, twisted shape. However, it's also common to see Koulourakia shaped in small braids or in the shape of the letter “S.” These twists are also delicious dunked in coffee or milk and is traditionally served for Easter.

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  • 09 of 10


    Greek pound cake


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    This Greek Pound Cake recipe gives us one more reason to love Greek yogurt. Pair this moist and creamy cake with fresh fruit or a dollop of cream for an easy recipe that will soon become a family favorite.

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    This moist and tender Greek Apple Cake is the perfect showcase for crisp and delicious apples. Don't forget to top each slice with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of your favorite ice cream for the perfect pairing.