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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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"These simple cookies have a delicate buttery flavor complemented by the cherry surprise in the center," notes Joy Schuster of Glentana, Montana. "They've become a holiday favorite for my family."
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Candy Cane Shortbread Bars

Candy Cane Shortbread Bars

Candy Cane Shortbread Bars

I created these bars for my daughter, who loves peppermint. The buttery shortbread texture just melts in your mouth. It’s a hit wherever I take it. —Susan Ciuffreda, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

Crown Jewel Gelatin Pie

Crown Jewel Gelatin Pie

Crown Jewel Gelatin Pie

"This colorful pie-an old family favorite-couldn't be easier for busy holiday cooks to make. The rich stained-glass look of gelatin cubes adds a festive note." —Elaine Augustine, Manchester, Connecticut

Pistachio Ice Cream Yule Log

Pistachio Ice Cream Yule Log

Pistachio Ice Cream Yule Log

I enjoy making something extra special for dessert on Christmas Eve, when we host my husband's family. The pistachio ice cream is a unique filling.—Valerie Gee, West Seneca, New York
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Old-Fashioned Crackle Cookies

Old-Fashioned Crackle Cookies

Old-Fashioned Crackle Cookies

These are an old-fashioned favorite that my family loves. Kids can help by rolling them in confectioners' sugar and placing on greased baking sheets.

Triple-Layer Chocolate Cake

Triple-Layer Chocolate Cake

Triple-Layer Chocolate Cake

Crunchy pecans and coconut fill each layer of this tempting cake spread with a homemade cream cheese frosting. Big slices are guaranteed to make eyes light up! —Abigail Rider, East Point, Kentucky

Glazed Orange Date Squares

Glazed Orange Date Squares

Glazed Orange Date Squares

Notes Cincinnati, Ohio field editor Ruth Stoops, "Orange, chocolate and chewy dates make a memorable combination."

Ornament Popcorn Balls

Ornament Popcorn Balls

Ornament Popcorn Balls

These gooey-sweet treats are great for dressing up the tree with a little more than the classic popcorn string. And they're yummier and fun for the family, too. — Deirdre Cox, Kansas City, Missouri

Date Nut Balls

Date Nut Balls

Date Nut Balls

A friend gave me this recipe more than 30 years ago. It is my husband's favorite treat. I like these with pecans or walnuts. If you do not like nuts, omit the nuts and use 3 cups Rice Krispies. —Melinda Lord, Washington, IA

Two-Tone Butter Cookies

Two-Tone Butter Cookies

Two-Tone Butter Cookies

During the hectic holiday season, you'll appreciate the ease of these irresistible butter cookies from Kathy Kittell of Lenexa, Kansas. It's wonderful to pull the two-tone dough from the freezer and bake a festive batch in no time.

Chocolate Macadamia Macaroons

Chocolate Macadamia Macaroons

Chocolate Macadamia Macaroons

This perfect macaroon has dark chocolate, chewy coconut and macadamia nuts and is dipped in chocolate—sinful and delicious! —Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon

Apple Crisp Crescents

Apple Crisp Crescents

Apple Crisp Crescents

Cinnamony apples are wrapped in a tender pastry to create a crispy delicacy. The flavor reminds me of apple crisp.—Betty Lawton, Pennington, New Jersey
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