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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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Pecan Pie Thumbprints

A good buttery dough and nutty filling take time to make, but the results are so worth it. After munching on a few, I think you'll agree.— Peggy Key, Grant, Alabama
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Pumpkin Bread Pudding with White Chocolate Sauce

Pumpkin Bread Pudding with White Chocolate Sauce

Pumpkin Bread Pudding with White Chocolate Sauce

This old-fashioned treat is so warm and comforting on chilly evenings. Pumpkin gives it great seasonal appeal, and the white chocolate sauce makes it even more irresistible.—Shirley Glaab, Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Cookies on a Stick

Cookies on a Stick

Cookies on a Stick

As folks munch on these peanut butter cookies, they’re delighted to uncover the candy bar surprise tucked inside. —Delores Wallace, Jacobsburg, Ohio

Pumpkin Pies for a Gang

Pumpkin Pies for a Gang

Pumpkin Pies for a Gang

When I think of cooking for a crowd this time of year, pumpkin pie always comes to mind. Guests love this traditional treat, and the recipe is perfect for a large gathering…it fills nine pie shells! —Edna Hoffman, Hebron, Indiana
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Cranberry Rugalach

Cranberry Rugalach

Cranberry Rugalach

These traditional Polish treats will keep for a long time in an airtight container. One Christmas, I sent a batch to my sister, but the box got lost. She received it 12 days later ... and the cookies still tasted great!

Salted Toffee Cashew Cookies

Salted Toffee Cashew Cookies

Salted Toffee Cashew Cookies

I might be addicted to the sweet and salty flavor combo. Lucky for me, these nutty cookies are also quick to make. —Crystal Schlueter, Northglenn, Colorado

Cranberry Ribbon Loaf

Cranberry Ribbon Loaf

Cranberry Ribbon Loaf

Patricia Kile of Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania uses leftover angel food cake to create a refreshing cranberry dessert perfect for holiday gatherings. It's convenient, too, because it can be assembled ahead and kept in the freezer.

Two-Tone Cheesecake

Two-Tone Cheesecake

Two-Tone Cheesecake

"Looking to create an original for the Alaska State Fair contest, I came up with this creamy cheesecake," notes field editor Cindi Paulson of Anchorage. "It won Grand Champion!"

Coconut Creme Chocolates

Coconut Creme Chocolates

Coconut Creme Chocolates

I've been married 49 years and have three children and lots of grandchildren. I've cooked a lot of meals! I make these treats special for my grandchildren. —Dolores Wilder, Texas City, Texas

Horn of Plenty Pie

Horn of Plenty Pie

Horn of Plenty Pie

I've been making this pie for 24 years, especially during the holidays. Since we live on Cape Cod, we have plenty of access to abandoned cranberry bogs.

Sticky Toffee Rice Pudding with Caramel Cream

Sticky Toffee Rice Pudding with Caramel Cream

Sticky Toffee Rice Pudding with Caramel Cream

The once homely rice pudding gets the Cinderella treatment in this comforting dessert that delivers on the sticky toffee flavor. It has just the right amount of thickness for soaking up a hot caramel topping. —Janice Elder, Charlotte, North Carolina

Nanny's Fruitcake Cookies

Nanny's Fruitcake Cookies

Nanny's Fruitcake Cookies

My grandmother always made a holiday fruitcake. I took her recipe and made it a cookie that’s perfect any time with a cup of tea. —Amanda Digges, South Windsor, Connecticut
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