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Christmas Desserts

'Tis the season for Christmas desserts. Browse our collection of recipes for cakes, cookies, candies, pies, trifles and more. Finish your holiday meal on a festive note with fun flavors like eggnog, pumpkin and gingerbread.

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Cranberry Cookies with Browned Butter Glaze

I won a baking contest with these chunky, glazed cookies that are so easy, even novice bakers can pull them off. What makes them special? Fresh cranberries. —Laurie Cornett, Charlevoix, Michigan
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Orange Date Pound Cake

Orange Date Pound Cake

Orange Date Pound Cake

Loaded with chewy dates and crunchy pecans, this cake is a "must" to take to family gatherings. The sweet and zesty orange sauce tops it off just right. This cake slices nicely and looks so appetizing served on a pretty plate.

Caramel Nut Logs

Caramel Nut Logs

Caramel Nut Logs

It’s a good thing this recipe makes a lot—the wrapped logs never stick around long! They take a bit of effort to make but are well worth it. —Karen Haen, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin

Jelly Sandwich Cookies

Jelly Sandwich Cookies

Jelly Sandwich Cookies

Sandwiching jelly between two layers of the basic dough creates these stained glass-like creations. "Your favorite raisin filling is excellent in these cookies, too," Gloria suggests.
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Puff Pastry Pillows

Puff Pastry Pillows

Puff Pastry Pillows

Robert Ryan of Newton, Iowa is known for these pretty sweet treats. "My family and co-workers love them," he says.

Caramel Tassies

Caramel Tassies

Caramel Tassies

Buttery cookie cups with a smooth caramel filling make a nice addition to a Christmas dessert tray. These are one of my family's favorites.

Coconut Fruitcake

Coconut Fruitcake

Coconut Fruitcake

We live in a little community of 27—if everyone's home! A neighbor game this recipe when we first moved here, saying it dated back to the 1800"s and everybody in the area made it. I soon discovered why when I took a taste...and I'm not a fruit cake fan! My husband, who's the inventor of a three-point bale mover, and I have a grown son. I'm a crafter and collector.

Cranberry-Orange Cordials

Cranberry-Orange Cordials

Cranberry-Orange Cordials

Quick but elegant makes an ideal recipe for me. I place all the fixings for the cordials on a tray and let each person make their own. It's fun and saves me even more time. —Diane Nemitz, Ludington, Michigan

Cheesecake with Berries

Cheesecake with Berries

Cheesecake with Berries

Cheesecake with Berries offers a grand finale that will bring rave reviews. It’s so rich and tasty, you’ll have a hard time believing it’s light. “This creamy cheesecake is ideal for any special occasion,” writes Julie Kocur from Abingdon, Maryland. We’re sure you’ll agree!

Egg-Free Apple Cake

Egg-Free Apple Cake

Egg-Free Apple Cake

“This originated during the Depression when staples were scarce, but I made a few changes to make it healthier and add zip. Everyone who eats it requests the recipe. It's great for cold weather and travels well.” Christine Holmes - Mineral, Virginia

Ribbon Crispies

Ribbon Crispies

Ribbon Crispies

"These dressed-up rice crispies are a great-tasting twist on a longtime favorite," writes Nancy Baker of Boonville, Missouri. "They’re perfect for buffet tables and meals eaten on the run. Kids from 1 to 101 love them, and they’re always a huge hit no matter where or when I share them with others."

Peppermint Cream Pound Cake

Peppermint Cream Pound Cake

Peppermint Cream Pound Cake

"I came up with this recipe because I was looking for a new twist on a tried and true pound cake, and I really like the look and flavor of peppermint, especially around Christmas. Everyone at work loved the results, and my family did, too." – Carolyn Webster, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
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