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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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This festive gelatin treat from Lucile Cline of Wichita, Kansas is full of cranberries, pineapple and pecans. It's a great recipe to serve on the holiday buffet table.
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Coconut Italian Cream Cake

Coconut Italian Cream Cake

Coconut Italian Cream Cake

I’d never tasted an Italian cream cake before moving to Colorado. Now I bake for people in the area, and this beauty is one of my most requested treats. —Ann Bush, Colorado City, Colorado

Cherry Cream Torte

Cherry Cream Torte

Cherry Cream Torte

When you set this gorgeous dessert on the table, your guests will sing your praises. You're the only one who has to know how simple it is to prepare. -Mary Anne McWhirter, Pearland, Texas

Honey Caramels

Honey Caramels

Honey Caramels

I love whipping up a batch of homemade honey-sweetened caramels for my family and friends. Sometimes I replace the walnuts with pecans, filberts or almonds. —Arline Hofland, Deer Lodge, Montana
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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

Flaky Creme-Filled Cookies

Flaky Creme-Filled Cookies

Flaky Creme-Filled Cookies

The light, incredibly flaky base of these delightful sandwich cookies is an easy-to-make form of French puff pastry. Mix and match the flavorings, and you'll have cookies for every taste.—Susan Falk, Warren, Michigan

Applesauce Lattice Pie

Applesauce Lattice Pie

Applesauce Lattice Pie

"I had some apples that needed to be used up, so I combined them with a can of applesauce and turned out my best-tasting apple pie ever," writes Cherie Sweet of Evansville, Indiana.

Cherry Cheese Windmills

Cherry Cheese Windmills

Cherry Cheese Windmills

These pretty cookies look fancy, but they are really not much work. They're perfect for any occasion. —Helen McGibbon, Downers Grove, Illinois

Cranberry-Apple Nut Crunch

Cranberry-Apple Nut Crunch

Cranberry-Apple Nut Crunch

This dessert is especially pretty and appropriate for the holidays. I updated my mother's recipe using instant oatmeal to make it even easier to fix. —Joyce Sheets, Lafayette, Indiana

Lemony Cream Cheese Bars

Lemony Cream Cheese Bars

Lemony Cream Cheese Bars

Anytime I can take a recipe that has been handed down two generations and lighten it up while keeping the delicious flavor memories intact, I’m a happy girl. —Patti Lavell, Islamorada, Florida

Confectioners' Sugar Glaze

Confectioners' Sugar Glaze

Confectioners' Sugar Glaze

This versatile glaze is shared by our Test Kitchen. You can make the basic recipe and tint it with food coloring if desired. For chocolate lovers, skip the food coloring and stir in some baking cocoa.

Chocolate Glazed Cheesecake

Chocolate Glazed Cheesecake

Chocolate Glazed Cheesecake

This rich, triple-layer cheesecake is guaranteed to appeal to all dessert lovers. I've been making it for years and still receive requests for it! —Caryn Wiggins, Columbus, Indiana
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