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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.

Recipe Spotlight

These cookies look fancy, but the recipe is fairly easy. We love the brownie-style texture, loads of peppermint flavor and a hint of coffee. —Linda Bibbo, Chagrin Falls, Ohio
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Quick Cranberry Fluff

Quick Cranberry Fluff

Quick Cranberry Fluff

This tangy pink fluff gets “crunch” from chopped apples and nuts. It’s terrific as a salad or dessert, and it keeps well in the refrigerator. I serve any leftovers with sandwiches the next day.

Cranberry Torte

Cranberry Torte

Cranberry Torte

"Besides being eye-catching and delicious, this treat is conveniently made ahead and frozen," says field editor Pat Waymire, Yellow Springs, Ohio. "I fix the topping on the day I serve the torte."

Chocolate-Covered Chips

Chocolate-Covered Chips

Chocolate-Covered Chips

Whenever I give these candies as gifts or serve them to guests, they're conversation starters! The savory-sweet combination makes a tempting treat. —Marcille Meyer, Battle Creek, Nebraska
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Dried Cherry Biscotti

Dried Cherry Biscotti

Dried Cherry Biscotti

Need a holiday treat that's not overly sweet? Sharon Martin of Manistee, Michigan has an answer with her Dried Cherry Biscotti. The cherries and almonds add color and texture and a dusting of powdered sugar dress these up. CW taste testers noted these biscotti were not as hard and crunchy as some.

Moist Applesauce Fruitcake

Moist Applesauce Fruitcake

Moist Applesauce Fruitcake

The recipe for this flavorful cake has been handed down in my husbands' family for four generations.

Snap Dessert Cups

Snap Dessert Cups

Snap Dessert Cups

For that "wow" factor, it's hard to top these extra-special treats. The homemade cranberry ice cream is served in edible cups and covered with a decadent caramel sauce.

Gingerbread Christmas Cutouts

Gingerbread Christmas Cutouts

Gingerbread Christmas Cutouts

"Baking gingerbread cookies was a Christmas tradition when our three sons were at home," says field editor Virginia Watson of Kirksville, Missouri. "Now, our granddaughter loves to help!"

Apricot Swirl Cheesecake

Apricot Swirl Cheesecake

Apricot Swirl Cheesecake

I've always loved to cook and try new dishes. But there are just some recipes—like this fancy cheesecake—that I turn to time after time. This is a favorite of family and friends. —Ardyth Voss, Rosholt, South Dakota

Chocolate-Covered Peanut Butter & Pretzel Truffles

Chocolate-Covered Peanut Butter & Pretzel Truffles

Chocolate-Covered Peanut Butter & Pretzel Truffles

Sweet chocolate, creamy peanut butter and salty pretzels create a to-die-for truffle. It’s a little bite of decadence and a special indulgence for the holiday season.—Ashley Wisniewski, Champaign, Illinois

Christmas Elf Cake Pops

Christmas Elf Cake Pops

Christmas Elf Cake Pops

Don't you just want to kiss him? This adorable elf will be pop-ular with anyone who loves PB&J flavor. —Simple & Delicious Test Kitchen

Hidden Mint Morsels

Hidden Mint Morsels

Hidden Mint Morsels

Is it a cookie or a candy? No matter which answer folks choose, they find these minty morsels yummy. The recipe makes so much that you can whip up tons of gifts at once.
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