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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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My husband's grandmother made these buttery cookies using a star cutter. I've never tasted a cookie quite like it, so nutty and flavorful. —Louise Reisler, Bonduel, Wisconsin
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Molasses-Bourbon Pecan Pie

Molasses-Bourbon Pecan Pie

Molasses-Bourbon Pecan Pie

Guests’ mouths water when they glimpse this Southern charmer. Its flaky crust perfectly complements the rich, nutty filling. —Charlene Chambers, Ormond Beach, Florida

Cinnamon Apple Tart

Cinnamon Apple Tart

Cinnamon Apple Tart

“I got the idea for this delicious fall dessert from a lovely Italian woman who’s also a fabulous cook,” writes Stacie Blemings from Califon, New Jersey. “It’s so simple to make—and cleanup is just as easy! I often make two and freeze one. It’s great at brunch alongside eggs and bacon.” STACIE’S TIP: For some tasty variations, try strawberry jam and walnuts and skip the icing. Or add extra cinnamon chips to suit your taste.

Cranberry Mallow Dessert

Cranberry Mallow Dessert

Cranberry Mallow Dessert

A holiday tradition at Cristie Hunt’s house in Rossville, Georgia, this fluffy refresher is pretty as a picture and lighter than air. “It makes a great alternative to plain old cranberry sauce,” she adds, “and an easy potluck dish for seasonal get-togethers.”
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Chocolate Pecan Torte

Chocolate Pecan Torte

Chocolate Pecan Torte

This impressive dessert looks lovely on a buffet table. It requires several steps but is worth the effort for special occasions. —Lois Schlickau, Haven, Kansas

Chocolate Hazelnut Gateau

Chocolate Hazelnut Gateau

Chocolate Hazelnut Gateau

Gateau (pronounces ga-tow) is the French word for any rich and fancy cake. I think you'll agree this dense chocolate dessert has just the right amount of sweetness. —Michelle Krzmarzick, Torrance, California

Frozen Raspberry Cheesecake

Frozen Raspberry Cheesecake

Frozen Raspberry Cheesecake

“I got this recipe from my sister years ago and like to fix it when times are rushed," says Donna Rear of Red Deer, Alberta. "It’s fancy enough for the most special occasions but so easy to prepare with ingredients I always have on hand. Try varying the juices and fruits.”

Festive Holly Cake

Festive Holly Cake

Festive Holly Cake

I learned the brush embroidery technique at a beginner cake-decorating class. Visual appeal is always nice, but what's extra special about this cake is that it tastes as good as it looks.

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

Sugarplums

Sugarplums

Sugarplums

When our kids read about sugarplums in a holiday tale, they were intrigued...and so was I! In short order, I figured out a no-bake way to make the sweets from dried fruits and nuts.

Candied Cherry Nut Bars

Candied Cherry Nut Bars

Candied Cherry Nut Bars

Every year at Christmas, my mother and I would make dozens of cookies, including this favorite. Now all the women in my family get together for a baking bonanza, rotating houses each year. —Barbara Wilson, Thamesville, Ontario

White Chocolate Chip Hazelnut Cookies

White Chocolate Chip Hazelnut Cookies

White Chocolate Chip Hazelnut Cookies

This is a cookie you will want to make again and again. I like to take it to church get-togethers and family reunions. It's very delicious...crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. -Denise DeJong, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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