Desserts are the sweetest love language. And what better way to show our friends and family our love than through the irresistible crunch, richness, nutrition, and depth of homemade nutty desserts?
Embark on a delicious adventure with these delightful recipes, where each one showcases the wholesome goodness of nuts - whatever type(s) it may be.
Whether you're a seasoned baker or a kitchen novice, join me in exploring a symphony of textures and flavors in this roundup of desserts with nuts, from candied nuts and chocolate-covered nuts to decadent pies and nut-flavored confections.
Nutty Cookie Recipes
Guilt-Free Pecan Pie Cookies
On a grain-free, refined-sugar free, vegan diet? No need to miss out on delicious treats! These delectable pecan pie cookies fit all of the above criteria, sweetened only with dates and maple syrup.
An almond flour shortbread base, that’s sturdy yet soft, holds the delicious pecan pie filling. Best of all, they taste just like the classic pecan pie in cookie form, with a chewy texture and a rich, nutty flavor.
Almond Roca Cookies
If you enjoy almond roca, you’ll enjoy this cookie recipe. These almond roca cookies are coated with velvety milk chocolate and stuffed with toffee and almonds.
It's a unique dish that's wonderful for the holidays, with a buttery shortbread that's filled with toffee bits and almonds and covered with chocolate!
Coconut Caramel Macadamia Nut Cookies
Transport yourself to a tropical paradise with these caramel and coconut flavored cookies with the nutty crunch from macadamias. No refrigeration needed, you’ll love their super soft and chewy texture.
These are one of my favorite desserts with macadamia nuts, as the sweet coconut and caramel pairs exceedingly well with the creamy macadamia nuts and sea salt.
Molasses Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies
Put a nutty twist on classic chocolate chip cookies with the addition of chopped pecans. And these are no ordinary pecans, they’re cinnamon-roasted pecans for an exotic burst of taste and texture.
Crisp edges with gooey centers, these cookies are packed pecans, sweetened with molasses, and enhanced by chocolate chips. They’re bakery-worthy cookies that have a rich buttery flavor that's perfect for any occasion!
Chewy Toffee Maple Pecan Cookies
Looking for a unique and delicious cookie recipe with nuts to add to your arsenal? Add these cookies to your list because they’re going to be a huge hit!
Picture this: The warm embrace of maple syrup, the crunch of pecans and toffee bits — all coming together in a classic cookie that checks all the marks - chewy, buttery, and sweet. Break out these nutty cookies after a cozy meal with friends.
Spiced Pumpkin Cookies with Raisins and Nuts
If you’re someone who loves putting everyone’s favorite winter squash in everything, I hear you! These southwest chunky, chewy spiced pumpkin cookies are bursting with crunchy nuts and sweet, plump raisins for a fun new riff on the pumpkin spice craze. It’s a flavorful nutty sweet treat you’ll crave year after year.
Warm spices like cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg pair perfectly with pumpkins while raisins and crunchy pecans give the cookie all the texture you’ll crave. Celebrate the flavors of fall with these pecan-studded pumpkin cookies.
Lemon Pistachio Cookies
Bake up a moist and flavorful lemon cookie with the delightful crunch of pistachios. Delicious cookie dough with tangy lemon flavor and the crunch of pistachios that is simply amazing.
They’re perfectly crisp, deliciously buttery, and tender with a sweet and tangy flavor. You’ll love the crunchy yet tender pistachios in every bite. Rich and buttery with the earthy taste of pistachios with every bite.
White Chocolate Macadamia Cookies
This white chocolate macadamia nut cookie recipe is supremely delicious. With soft and chewy centers, and crisp edges that are bursting with white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts, this recipe of fool-proof.
It’s everything you want in a cookie plus gluten-free and dairy-free. Let the buttery-rich cookie dough base and pockets of macadamia nut crunch, transport you to a sunny paradise.
Keto Jam Thumbprint Cookies
These gluten free and keto cookies are soft inside with a crispy nut coating that’s topped with a delightful jam filling. Soft and buttery cookie dough is rolled in chopped pecans for an added crunch, then filled with a sweet and mildly tart sugar-free raspberry jam.
The combination of nutty pecans and tart jam creates a delightful contrast in every bite. They’re a beautiful addition to a holiday cookie platter, and are also perfect for a sweet treat any time of year.
Bread-Based Desserts with Nuts
Raspberry Almond Puff Pastry Twists
Create a delightful balance of sweetness and tartness with these almond-studded raspberry puff pastry twists. The buttery pastry, tart yet slightly sweet raspberry jam, and earthy almond create a wonderful taste experience.
Making these pastries may appear complicated, but these nutty treats are quite simple to make. The delicate balance of nutty almond and fruity sweetness encased in puff pastry dough makes them a delightful addition to any festive spread.
Paris Brest (with Praline Mousseline Cream)
Flex your baking skills with this picture-perfect Paris brest. For the unfamiliar, Paris brest is a classic French choux-pastry dessert composed of a light, crisp ring of choux pastry and a creamy, praline-flavored filling.
Each bite is a heavenly blend of nutty, buttery and creamy goodness with an extra crunch from more sliced almonds on top. A pastry that's both chewy and nutty, with a perfectly indulgent taste.
Pecan Pie Cream Puff
These pecan pie cream puffs are classic cream puffs with crisp brown sugar craquelin on top that make the choux pastry decadently sweet, crispy and look pretty too. It’s filled with an irresistible honey pecan pie filling and luscious bourbon whipped cream!
For the best flavor for your pecan filling, toast the pecans. I guarantee, these little gems are irresistible.
Cinnamon Pecan Sticky Buns
Elevate your cinnamon roll game with this cinnamon pecan sticky buns recipe. This delightful treat brings together the irresistible tripe of luscious caramel, nutty pecans, and fluffy cinnamon rolls.
The delicious, buttery aroma that fills the kitchen as they bake awakens your senses and sets your taste buds tingling with anticipation. Perfectly gooey, crunchy, and infused with the warmth of cinnamon, this nutty indulgence is perfect for lazy weekend mornings.
Cold Desserts with Nuts
Kem Chuoi (Vegan Banana Coconut Ice Cream Bars)
Kem Chuoi, a popular Vietnamese dessert and a street food delicacy, is a guilt-free, easy-to-make, and delectable ice cream bar.
These dairy free and vegan Vietnamese ice cream bars are loaded with salted roasted peanuts and bananas. Simple to prepare without an ice cream maker or specific molds, takes little time, and has no undesirable ingredients.
Enjoy the silky coconut cream foundation enriched with the aromatic scent of pandan leaves, which nestles delicate banana slices and the savory crunch of dry roasted peanuts.
Sicilian Pistachio Ice Cream
No other pistachio ice cream will ever taste this good. Plus it’s totally aesthetic for those who enjoy photographing their food, and actually tastes like pistachios.
Creamy, delicious, and addictive, it’s a Sicilian-style recipe that uses tapioca starch (or cornstarch) instead of eggs that makes the glorious flavors of pistachios shine. This homemade pistachio ice cream is full of toasty roasty pistachio flavor and a pretty pastel green color.
Pistachio and Pomegranate Frozen Yogurt Bark
Transform maple syrup-infused yogurt into refreshing frozen yogurt barks with a generous sprinkle of pistachios and pomegranate seeds. This colorful and healthier pistachio and pomegranate frozen yogurt bark is an easy to make yogurt snack or dessert that the whole family will love.
You only need 4 ingredients and a few minutes to make these nutty frozen treats as a cool and satisfying treat for hot days.
Caramel Pecan Crunch Ice Cream
This caramel pecan crunch ice cream dessert is a delectable combination of crunchy pecan crumble, vanilla ice cream, and a luscious, caramel drizzle. It's simply delicious!
It’s as simple as making that crunchy pecan layer, pouring decadent caramel sauce, and scooping in the ice cream. This delightful nutty dessert will always be a hit with everybody.
Unique Dessert with Nuts Recipes
Pistachio Cream (Light Pastry Cream Recipe)
Embrace the elegance of this pistachio pastry cream that’ll be your new holiday workhorse. Use it as a pudding, filling for pastries, or even in cakes, pair it with graham crackers or fruit.
Pistachio pastry cream is a dessert you'll fall in love with after the first taste! Best of all, it's a sweet and nutty indulgence for gatherings.
Mocha Candied Almonds
Mocha candied almonds are lightly sweet with a nice crunch; these make a perfect gift for Christmas. And everyone loves an old-fashioned homemade candy treat!
Sweet, crunchy candied almonds encased in a delectable coffee and chocolate candy crust... certain to make your home smell amazing! These are great for a snack or to give as a gift!
All you need are a few materials and some patience. To get optimal crispiness, roast the almonds for about an hour. But don't worry; the hour is primarily hands-free.
Salted Caramel Turtle Bark
This 5-ingredient salted caramel turtle bark recipe comes together in no time! This easy salted caramel turtle bark candy combines wonderful caramel, roasted pecans, and dark chocolate (you can use any brand of craft chocolate).
They taste like a luxury sweet-and-salty chocolate candy bark because with a flourish of flaky sea salt at the end. If you adore chocolate turtles, you'll love this quick recipe!
Pistachio Panna Cotta
This pistachio panna cotta recipe is a delectable Italian dessert! It's created with heavy cream, honey, and handmade roasted pistachio butter. This pistachio version is delicately sweetened and topped with handmade pistachio butter, roasted pistachios, honey for sweetness, and flaky sea salt. It's a simple dessert that is sure to please!
Coconut Snowball Truffles
Coconut snowball truffles are prepared with a cream cheese and almond center, then rolled in coconut "snow." These are simple to make and don't require any drying or setting time.
Indulge in the melt in your mouth creaminess and delicately sweetness from these addictive little balls of goodness. I guarantee everyone will enjoy it!
Real Food Walnut Roca
Do you enjoy a good homemade Christmas treat? This gluten-free real food walnut roca recipe is the best and healthiest almond roca substitute.
It's a creative variation on a popular holiday dessert that you're sure to enjoy, and it's made with staples that you're sure to have on hand! It's also a tasty treat for gluten-free friends!
Salted Dark Chocolate Vanilla Cashew Clusters
These salted dark chocolate vanilla cashew clusters are going to be your new favorite sweet treat. This healthy, nutty, and chocolaty recipe is a copycat version of Hu cashews hunks.
Dark chocolate covered cashew clusters are a no-bake and extremely easy recipe to make. The addition of vanilla gives these clusters a special and rich flavor. This recipe is also vegan and gluten free for a bite-sized blissful escape.
Unforgettable Christmas Rocky Road
This rocky road is the ultimate holiday treat. Chocolate, dried cranberries, roasted almonds, and marshmallows join together for a chocolate candy that never goes out of style.
And if that's not "Christmas-y” enough for you, there’s gingerbread spices and pomegranate seeds for an extra punch of festivity! This recipe is no-bake and made on the stove, comes together in 25 minutes, and is gluten-free and dairy-free.
Choclava (Chocolate Baklava)
Looking for a unique dessert to make? Chocolate baklava is a rich and sweet pastry made with layers of phyllo dough, chopped nuts, an orange infused syrup, and mini chocolate chips for a delightful twist to this classic dessert.
Flaky phyllo dough is studded with bits of chocolate and pecans to create an indulgent treat. It's a nutty delight that captures the essence of a Greek paradise in every mouthful.
Cheesecake Truffles with White Chocolate and Pistachios
Delight in the creamy goodness of pistachio-infused white chocolate cheesecake in truffle form. This 5-ingredient no-bake white chocolate cheesecake truffle will have you drooling for more.
One bite into this pistachio & white chocolate cheesecake truffle and you are hit by the crunch of pistachios and white chocolate hard shell then a buttery graham cracker center flavored with cardamom. Encased with a white chocolate shell and chopped pistachios, it's a luxurious dessert for any occasion.
Pomegranate Parfaits with Pistachios and Mascarpone Cream
Beautiful and delicious, this pomegranate and pistachio parfait is a perfect Christmas dessert. Silky mascarpone cream with a honey vanilla aroma alternates with acidic and sweet pomegranate compote before being garnished with crunchy pistachios, pomegranate seeds, and rose petals.
It’s a rich, creamy, festive and gorgeous looking layered parfait that only takes 15 minutes to make. Nuf said.
Indulge in the decadence of this chocolate and peanut butter treat. Buckeyes are a classic, and delicious no-bake sweet treat that is made with creamy peanut butter and chocolate.
Rich chocolate meets the nutty goodness of peanut butter dough. Each nibble is a heavenly bite-sized treat that satisfies anyone's sweet cravings.
Eatmore Bars (Healthy Copycat)
Chewy bars with the classic chocolate peanut butter toffee flavor and filled with plenty of crunchy peanuts make for a delicious nutty treat. These eat-more bars are a copycat version of the retro Canadian Hershey’s, and arguably better in every way. Plus, they’re a no-bake treat that’s easy to make.
With its firm yet soft and chewy texture that combines the delicious tastes of robust-tasting dark toffee, roasted peanuts and chocolate! These chewy and crunchy candy squares are the perfect marriage of peanut and chocolate flavors. It’s the healthy and homemade chocolate bar of your childhood.
Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars
These chocolate pecan pie bars are a wildly popular and delicious treat whenever and wherever they are served! Combine the flavors of pecans and chocolate in this indulgent pie.
With a delightful cream cheese pie crust topped with chewy chocolate filling and crunchy pecans, there is no way to go wrong with this nutty dessert recipe. The crunchy pecan filling is enhanced by the rich cacao and sweet earthy notes from maple for a flavor explosion that will satisfy even the most discerning sweet tooth.
Vegan Pear Crumble
Looking for a no-fuss dessert that's perfect for fall or winter get-togethers? This vegan pear crumble is it. Full of thick, jammy fruit at the peak of its season in fall and winter, baked pears and cranberries are topped with nutty, crumbly oats and pecans.
The spices offer just the right blend of chai flavors. Best served warm with a scoop of your favorite vanilla ice cream.
Unholy Cannoli (Boozy Cannoli)
Make easy and delicious cannoli in no time with this recipe. This sinful boozy deconstructed cannoli features a luscious Amaretto custard cream, chopped chocolate, and pistachios.
This recipe only needs air-fried cannoli chips, no piping or deep frying required for this cannoli. Enjoy the nutty alcohol-infused version of the quintessential Italian dessert, ideal to provide a sweet finish to a special dinner.
Caramelized Hazelnut Crunch Clusters with Ginger
These caramelized hazelnut crunch clusters with ginger are a simple dessert or snack you can prepare in just one bowl. Made with only 5 ingredients, they're sweet, salty, crunchy, and satisfying.
While most holiday desserts are relatively high in sugar, these vegan cookie-like hazelnut clusters are a lower-sugar option. Plus they're amped up with a moderate amount of protein & fiber.
Nutty Cakes, Pies, and Tarts
Peanut Butter Pie (Chocolate Topping and Pretzel Crust)
This no-bake chocolate peanut butter pie is as good as it gets! A handmade pretzel pie crust is filled with layers of whipped peanut butter and cream cheese pie filling and topped with velvety chocolate mousse in this sweet and salty delicacy.
This sweet and salty dessert has a pretzel crust, fluffy peanut butter mousse filling, and chocolate topping. Using simple pantry ingredients, you can create this delectable nutty dessert bursting with chocolate and peanut butter flavor!
Southern Pecan Pie Recipe
This is a tried and true Southern pecan pie recipe. It features the perfect balance of crunchy pecans and sweet, gooey filling in every slice, with a flaky, buttery crust that brings it all together.
This nutty dessert recipe certainly delivers on tradition, flavor, and simplicity with every bite.
Texas Sheet Cake
Texas sheet cake is a wonderful and iconic dessert that many people enjoy because of the chocolate flavor, fudge icing, crunchy nuts on top, and ease of preparation. This sheet cake is a thin, flat cake created with a rich chocolate batter, baked in a jelly roll pan, and often topped with an exquisite layer of chocolate frosting.
Suksesstrte (Norwegian Success Cake
If you prefer simple, luscious desserts, you'll want to save this suksessterte (translates to Norwegian success tart or cake). This traditional Norwegian delicacy is made with earthy almond cake, a layer of rich vanilla custard, and delectable fresh berries.
On top of that luscious vanilla custard (you’ll want to swipe a few spoonfuls to eat on its own while baking this), drizzle with melted semi-sweet chocolate to finish. In true Scandinavian tradition, this cake is simple and quick to create, but full of taste, elegant, and suitable for almost any occasion.
Chocolate Walnut Cake
Pair your morning coffee with a slice of this walnut-studded cake. This delicious chocolate walnut dessert cake is incredibly moist, fluffy, and chocolatey.
It's topped with a remarkably decadent fudge frosting with a generous sprinkle of chopped walnuts. Best of all, this cake is a cinch to make! It's a brunch-worthy treat that's both comforting and indulgent.
Vegan Nutella Cupcakes with Rum
Combine the irresistible duo of hazelnuts and vegan nutella in a cupcake for the perfect nutty dessert. They’re essentially soft gluten free chocolate cupcakes made with hazelnut flour and a vegan nutella topping!
Each bite is a heavenly blend of nutty goodness and creamy chocolate hazelnut spread - a hint of rum makes it the perfect adult sweet treat.
Gluten-Free Pecan Pie
Hey pie people! Imagine a buttery, flaky crust, with the creamy, caramel-y custard filling, and the crunch of nutty pecans but gluten-free. Like an answered prayer, this traditional Southern pecan pie recipe features the same decadent goodness of the classic pecan pie but with a gluten-free crust.
The crust is made with a special blend of gluten-free flour, resulting in a flaky and buttery base that perfectly complements the rich custard filling. Indulge in the best gf pecan pie you've ever tasted!
No-Bake Mascarpone Cheesecake with Amaretto
Want more than a traditional cheesecake? Try this amazing no-bake cheesecake that has a creamy mascarpone filling, a subtle hint of amaretto and a lovely nutty base.
Every bite is mouthwatering with amazing flavors. It's a rich, delicious, gluten-free dessert that's simply irresistible.
Easy Cranberry Tart with Almond Frangipane
Celebrate the marriage of almonds and cranberry in this frangipane tart. This nutty dessert features a buttery shortbread crust, creamy almond frangipane, and tart cranberries. It's a visually stunning dessert that's as delicious as it looks.
Raffaelo Torte Cake (Coconut and Almond Torte)
This almond and coconut torte features multiple layers of cake, creamy mascarpone and white chocolate ganache. It makes a spectacular finale for a special meal.
Unleash the joy of almonds, coconut, and chocolate in these irresistible cookies. Packed with chopped almonds, shredded coconut, and chocolate chunks, they're a delightful homage to the classic candy bar in cookie form
Healthy Key Lime Pie with Avocado
This healthy key lime pie with avocado is a refreshing, creamy dessert that comes together quickly. The avocado serves as the foundation, with the coconut and lime rounding out the fresh flavors wonderfully. This no-bake key lime pie uses almonds for a chewy, nutty crust.
Because there is no additional refined sugar, this raw pie is gluten-free, paleo, and keto-friendly. It can also be easily made into a vegan lime dessert.
Blueberry Almond Galette
This blueberry almond galette recipe is delicious and surprisingly easy to make. The buttery crust and earthy almonds really makes the flavors of the blueberry shine. Top it off with vanilla ice cream for the perfect summer treat.
This sweet and nutty galette recipe is perfect for those who love pie, but don't want all the work! Bring out the best of season with this nutty dessert recipe.
Toblerone Almond Cheesecake
If you like Toblerone and have a sweet tooth, you'll love this nutty dessert dish. This crunchy almond Toblerone cheesecake recipe has everything you love about classic Toblerone chocolate, but in the form of a cheesecake, with the added pleasure of sweet-and-salty honey roasted almonds.
It's a no-bake cheesecake filling with a crispy biscuit and nut base, topped with melted Toblerone and sweet/salty honey toasted almonds. Adding chopped honey toasted almonds to the base recipe elevates the entire cheesecake to new heights.
Frequently Asked Questions
One classic dessert made of walnuts is a walnut pie, often known as a walnut tart, where walnuts are mixed with a sweet, custard-like filling and baked into a pie crust, similar to pecan pie. Another popular option is baklava, a rich, sweet pastry made of layers of filo filled with chopped walnuts and sweetened with syrup or honey.
When it comes to sweets, nuts like almonds, walnuts, and pecans are commonly considered the best due to their flavor, texture, and versatility. Almonds can be slivered, chopped, or ground into almond flour for use in pastries, cookies, and cakes, while walnuts and pecans are often used in pies and as toppings due to their rich, buttery flavor.
People put nuts in desserts to add a crunchy texture, enhance the flavor with their natural oils, and provide nutritional benefits, such as protein, healthy fats, and fiber. Nuts can also contribute to the visual appeal of a dessert and offer a pleasing contrast to the sweetness of cetain dishes.
While all nuts have health benefits, walnuts are often cited as one of the healthiest nuts to eat due to their high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, which are beneficial for heart and brain health.
- Gluten-Free Pecan Pie Cookies
- Almond Roca Cookies
- Coconut Caramel Macadamia Nut Cookies
- Molasses Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies
- Chewy Toffee Maple Pecan Cookies
- Spiced Pumpkin Cookies with Raisins and Nuts
- Lemon Pistachio Cookies
- White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies
- Nutty Keto Jam Thumbprint Cookies
- Raspberry Almond Puff Pastry Twists
- Paris Brest Recipe with Praline Mousseline Cream
- Pecan Pie Cream Puffs
- Cinnamon Pecan Sticky Buns
- Kem Chuoi - Vegan Banana Coconut Ice Cream Bars
- Sicilian Pistachio Ice Cream
- Pistachio and Pomegranate Frozen Yogurt Bark
- Caramel Pecan Crunch Ice Cream Dessert
- Pistachio Cream Lighter Pastry Cream Recipe
- Mocha Candied Almonds
- Salted Caramel Turtle Bark
- Pistachio Panna Cotta
- Coconut Snowball Truffles
- Real Food Walnut Roca
- Salted Dark Chocolate Vanilla Cashew Clusters
- Christmas Rocky Road
- No-Bake Cheesecake Truffles with White Chocolate Pistachios
- 15-Minute Pomegranate Pistachio Parfaits
- Classic Buckeyes
- Eatmore Bars
- Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars
- Vegan Pear Crumble with Cranberries
- Unholy Cannoli Deconstructed Boozy Cannoli
- Healthy Hazelnut Clusters
- Peanut Butter Pie Chocolate Topping and Pretzel Crust
- Southern Pecan Pie
- Texas Sheet Cake
- Suksessterte - Norwegian Success Cake
- Chocolate Walnut Cake
- Vegan Nutella Cupcakes w/Rum Gluten-Free
- Gluten-Free Pecan Pie
- No-Bake Mascarpone Fruit and Amaretto Tart
- Easy Cranberry Tart with Almond Frangipane
- Raffaelo Torte Cake
- Healthy Key Lime Pie with Avocado
- Blueberry Almond Galette
- Toblerone Cheesecake Recipe
- Choose a recipe that appeals to you.
- Gather the ingredients.
- Follow the instructions, then enjoy!