Here at Go Ahead, we’re globetrotters, curious connoisseurs—and some serious sweet tooths—and we love taking our travels home through the recipes we’ve discovered. To celebrate our adventures, we’re sharing some of our go-to holiday treats from around the world. Learn about some of our staff’s favorites, then download the recipe cards to make them at home!
Honey lavender cookies
Adam, Art Director
One year, while Adam was wondering what to do with the abundance of lavender his family received as a gift, he stumbled across this recipe—which quickly became a holiday favorite. “They’re amazing,” he said. “Baking these has been a tradition ever since.”
Traditional crescent rolls
Miriam, Group Sales Account Coordinator
A classic at brunch tables and holiday suppers around the world, croissants—and their cousin, crescent rolls—are the perfect complement to any meal. Miriam passed along this recipe, a favorite in her family. “My mom makes these rolls for the holidays. They are so good, it’s hard not to eat them before dinner.”
Danielle, Groups Marketing Manager
This triple-layered treat gets its name from the British Columbian city it hails from. Nanaimo bars are a no-bake chocolaty dessert, and a favorite of our Groups Marketing Manager (and resident Canadian) Danielle. “My family always has these around at the holidays!” she said.
Clarissa, Account Manager
With their colorful sprinkles, these festive little cookies are a staple of Italian holiday celebrations. Sharing her family’s recipe, Clarissa said, “It’s been a tradition to make these with my Nonni every Christmas Eve dinner. They’re a classic, but everyone makes them a little differently.” If you’re not a fan of anise—a licorice flavor—she suggests swapping for vanilla or lemon extract.
Jessie, Copy Editor
Found in cuisines the world over, dumplings come in all shapes, sizes and flavors. Pierogi are the Eastern European version, and are usually filled with sauerkraut, cheese or potatoes “My family makes these by hand every year on my birthday, then we save them to cook a few days later during Wigilia, the traditional Polish Christmas Eve meal.”
Kahlua Heath Bar trifle
CJ, Communications & Events Manager
“It’s a tradition to make this trifle for the holiday,” said CJ, sharing her family’s favorite chocolatey dessert. The best part about this twist on the classic British trifle? “It’s super easy to make, and so delicious. It’s even better the next day!”
Charlotte, Product Development Specialist
“My family is British—very British. This is one dessert we’d always make around the holidays,” Charlotte said. This petite English pie is a favorite in her family, especially because it’s maybe a little magical. “For good luck, you have to lift the top off the pie without it crumbling. Look on the inside, and make a wish for every raisin stuck to the crust!” One important note: “Mothers are not impressed when you do this and then don’t eat the pie.”
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