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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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Shamrock Toffee Fudge

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Kristine Chayes
Tiny toffee bits add a delightful crunch to this creamy fudge. I decorated each piece with a green frosting rosette for our church's St. Patrick's Day fundraiser dinner. By changing the design, you have dessert for any occasion. —Kristine M. Chayes, Smithtown, New York
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Chocolate Dessert Delight

Chocolate Dessert Delight

Chocolate Dessert Delight

Some of my friends refer to this unbelievably rich ice cream dessert as "death by chocolate"-before they ask for seconds! It's a yummy, festive, do-ahead treat.

Contest-Winning German Chocolate Pie

Contest-Winning German Chocolate Pie

Contest-Winning German Chocolate Pie

Thanksgiving dinner at our house includes an average of 25 guests and a dozen different pies. This one has all the luscious flavor of German chocolate cake. A friend who tried it told me he wanted it to be his birthday pie from now on.—Debbie Clay, Farmington, New Mexico

Cherry-Chocolate Coconut Meringues

Cherry-Chocolate Coconut Meringues

Cherry-Chocolate Coconut Meringues

Dried cherries lend sweetness and texture to these easy meringue cookies. They’re simply delicious and very low in fat. They also provide a great light dessert for those family members on a gluten-free diet. —Mary Shivers, Ada, Oklahoma
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Chocolate Cashew Clusters

Chocolate Cashew Clusters

Chocolate Cashew Clusters

People are crazy about these cashews coated in toffee and three kinds of chocolate. They make gift-giving sweet and simple for me!—Virginia Sauer, Wantagh, NY

Cranberry Pecan Tassies

Cranberry Pecan Tassies

Cranberry Pecan Tassies

A traditional pecan tassie is a small tart with nuts. This holiday version adds cranberries. How festive! —Peggy West, Georgetown, Delaware

Sweet Potato Cheesecake Bars

Sweet Potato Cheesecake Bars

Sweet Potato Cheesecake Bars

Your whole house will be filled with the aroma of pumpkin spice when you bake these wonderful sweet potato cheesecake bars. They look complicated but are so easy, you can whip up a batch anytime. —Nancy Whitford, Edwards, New York

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

Holiday Gift Cake

Holiday Gift Cake

Holiday Gift Cake

More than 25 years ago, to remind my two young children of the real meaning of the season, I decided our Christmas dinner should include a birthday cake. This rich lovely dessert has served that purpose ever since.

Gingerbread with Crunchy Topping

Gingerbread with Crunchy Topping

Gingerbread with Crunchy Topping

I credit my mom with instilling in me a love of baking. Tried-and-true recipes like this make holidays with my family extra special. It wouldn't be Christmas without gingerbread! —Pat Habiger, Spearville, Kansas

Gelatin Fruit Salad

Gelatin Fruit Salad

Gelatin Fruit Salad

"This gorgeous salad is so refreshing and bursting with flavor that you won't think of it as sugar-free," says Eleanor Mielke of Snohomish, Washington. "A diabetic friend shared the recipe."

Tuxedo Cheesecake

Tuxedo Cheesecake

Tuxedo Cheesecake

Nothing is more elegant then a cheesecake but this one looks so beautiful, you will be receive so many compliments. Not only does it look wonderful, it also tastes delicious.—Cindy Morris, Coyle, Oklahoma
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