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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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Here’s a simply stunning dessert that’s a guaranteed standout! Creamy, dreamy and chocolaty, it’s piled with fresh, glazed raspberries, blueberries and blackberries. Best of all, promises our Test Kitchen, is the easy, breezy, no-bake preparation. Simple & Delicious Test Kitchen
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Merry Note Cookies

Merry Note Cookies

Merry Note Cookies

These cookies made with a recipe similar to one my mom always used, were a fitting dessert before we set out for caroling for the holidays.—Nella Parker, Hersey, Michigan

Purple-Ribbon Pumpkin Cake

Purple-Ribbon Pumpkin Cake

Purple-Ribbon Pumpkin Cake

I belong to a Christmas village collectors' club and we all bring a potluck dish to our monthy meetings. The cake is always a hit. It's one of my family's favorite Thanksgiving desserts, too, and disappears before the pumpkin pie does. —Debby Powers, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

Frosty Cranberry Desserts

Frosty Cranberry Desserts

Frosty Cranberry Desserts

This fun and refreshing frozen treat requires only four ingredients. “It’s very easy to make and attractive, too,” notes Virginia Sacchetta of Leesburg, Florida. “I enjoy it as a dessert or a salad.”
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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

Cranberry Almond Macaroons

Cranberry Almond Macaroons

Cranberry Almond Macaroons

You'll relish this guilt-free take on a classic cookie, enhanced with cranberries and luscious dark chocolate. “My son is diabetic, and he loves these,” says Ramona Cornell of Levittown, New York. “A co-worker calls them 'a piece of coconut heaven'.”

Buttery Ganache Cookie Cups

Buttery Ganache Cookie Cups

Buttery Ganache Cookie Cups

Our family wanted to share our love of ganache-filled cupcakes, so we made them into cookies. Even better: we bake the cookies in muffin cups, fill with ganache, and get the best of both worlds!—Adela Srinivasan, Parker, Colorado

Nutty Chocolate Cake

Nutty Chocolate Cake

Nutty Chocolate Cake

I got the idea for this incredibly easy yet impressive holiday dessert from a magazine. It is now a family favorite—and has been for the last 15 years! It is absolutely gorgeous on my buffet.—Linda DuVal, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Easy Oatmeal Cream Pies

Easy Oatmeal Cream Pies

Easy Oatmeal Cream Pies

These easy cookies use only five ingredients and taste very similar to a store-bought cookie. Of course, everything's better from your own kitchen!—Crystal Schlueter, Northglenn, Colorado

Chocolate Mallow Drops

Chocolate Mallow Drops

Chocolate Mallow Drops

These fudgy treats feature a marshmallow layer topped with a squiggle of chocolate frosting. —Marie Hattrup, Sparks, Nevada

Celestial Bars

Celestial Bars

Celestial Bars

My aunt gave me the recipe for these wonderfully nutty bars. With their marbled base, fluffy icing and pretty chocolate glaze, they're the stars of bake sales, cookie gift packs and parties.

Pistachio Brownie Toffee Bars

Pistachio Brownie Toffee Bars

Pistachio Brownie Toffee Bars

These coveted brownie bars are homey and chocolaty awesome. They've been a sought-after staple on Christmas cookie trays for years. — Troy Shaw, Warrenton, OR
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