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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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Heat and sweet is such an amazing combination. The addition of red chili and chocolate chips makes these traditional Mexican Wedding Cookies a fiesta for your mouth! — Marla Clark, Albuquerque, New Mexico
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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

Snowy Pinecones

Snowy Pinecones

Snowy Pinecones

Pull out each goldfish graham and dip it in the soft center to snack on these pinecones. There's nothing more fun or creative on the cookie table this year!—Betty MacArthur, Portland, Oregon

Truffle-Filled Cookie Tarts

Truffle-Filled Cookie Tarts

Truffle-Filled Cookie Tarts

I made chocolate truffles as a Christmas tradition for many years. I created this recipe to incorporate my truffles into the center of fudgy cookies. It was a hit with friends and family.—Patricia Harmon, Baden, Pennsylvania
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Nutcracker Cake

Nutcracker Cake

Nutcracker Cake

My mother has a birthday in December and I wanted to do something special. This cake is the result. Mom loved it and almost didn't want to eat it because it was so wonderful!—Diana Lopez, Kearny, New Jersey

Orange Cappuccino Creams

Orange Cappuccino Creams

Orange Cappuccino Creams

As holiday gifts, these mocha-orange morsels are sure to be a sweet success. The delighted response they get is well worth the kitchen time it takes to make them. —Lucile Cline, Wichita, Kansas

Mint Sandwich Sugar Cookies

Mint Sandwich Sugar Cookies

Mint Sandwich Sugar Cookies

Chocolate-covered mint candies are the "filling" in these doctored-up sugar cookies from our Test Kitchen. You can use colored sugar to suit the season.

Coconut Almond Bombs

Coconut Almond Bombs

Coconut Almond Bombs

“These are beautiful for holiday parties. They're a big hit each time! To make them extra-special, use a new small paintbrush to lightly dust the almonds with a gold luster.” —Deb Holbrook, Abington, Massachusetts

Festive Stars

Festive Stars

Festive Stars

Adding delightful dimension to a holiday cookie assortment, these clever interlocking Christmas stars are shared by Caren Zimmerman of Franklin, Wisconsin. See the illustrations below for their easy assembly.

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

Orange Bliss Cheesecake

Orange Bliss Cheesecake

Orange Bliss Cheesecake

A subtle orange-flavored filling contrasts nicely with a chocolate-crumb crust. Family and friends always comment on the wonderful flavor and color.—Audrey Thibodeau, Gilbert, Arizona

Maple Pecan Tarts

Maple Pecan Tarts

Maple Pecan Tarts

I absolutely love pecans. I combine them with maple and vanilla to create the ultimate tart, made even richer with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. —Redawna Kalynchuk, Barrhead, Alberta
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