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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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Sacher Torte Squares

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Arlene Erlbach
Sacher Torte is a classic Viennese cake that requires several steps. My squares give you an easy way out that still features the classic apricot and chocolate flavors. —Arlene Erlbach, Morton Grove, IL
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Celestial Bars

Celestial Bars

Celestial Bars

My aunt gave me the recipe for these wonderfully nutty bars. With their marbled base, fluffy icing and pretty chocolate glaze, they're the stars of bake sales, cookie gift packs and parties.

Lemon Blueberry Tart

Lemon Blueberry Tart

Lemon Blueberry Tart

It's the season to find fresh blueberries and try this amazing combination of flavors. Lemon adds a zesty counterpoint to the tart's fruit topping and lovely, buttery crust. —Erin Chilcoat, Somerset, NJ

Braided Orange Wreath

Braided Orange Wreath

Braided Orange Wreath

All eyes will turn to this gorgeous braid when it is set on the table. This orange-scented bread will disappear in no time.—Shirley Warren, Thiensville, Wisconsin
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Date-Nut Fruitcake

Date-Nut Fruitcake

Date-Nut Fruitcake

Unlike traditional fruitcake, with its dark color and dense texture, this fruitcake is light-colored and light-textured, flavored with orange, coconut, date, raisins and nuts. It was baked in a fluted cake pan to give it a different shape.—Linda Ault, Newberry, Indiana

Pumpkin Apple Pie

Pumpkin Apple Pie

Pumpkin Apple Pie

The first time I made this for my family, they gobbled up this wonderful change-of-pace holiday dessert. It has a scrumptious layer of apples under the pumpkin.—Elizabeth Montogomery, Taylorville, Illinois

Chocolate Cutout Cookies

Chocolate Cutout Cookies

Chocolate Cutout Cookies

I love gingerbread cookies, but my grandchildren don't like the ginger flavor. Now I use chocolate and watch them smile as they take that first bite. —Nancy Murphy, Oneonta, NY

Maple Walnut Truffles

Maple Walnut Truffles

Maple Walnut Truffles

You'll be surprised and delighted when you bite into one of these little goodies. The a velvety, maple-flavored chocolate coating surrounds a sweet, nutty center. Yum!

Lemon Meringue Pie Cookies

Lemon Meringue Pie Cookies

Lemon Meringue Pie Cookies

Here's a way to have the refreshing flavor of lemon meringue pie in a hand-held cookie. The meringue base is filled with homemade lemon curd. They are a melt-in-your mouth heavenly delight. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Maple Butter Tarts

Maple Butter Tarts

Maple Butter Tarts

These individual tarts are so scrumptious and syrupy that I often double the recipe so I have enough for guests to take home. They're a little slice of heaven alongside a cup of coffee.—Lorraine Caland, Thunder Bay, Ontario

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.

Cheesecake with Berries

Cheesecake with Berries

Cheesecake with Berries

Cheesecake with Berries offers a grand finale that will bring rave reviews. It’s so rich and tasty, you’ll have a hard time believing it’s light. “This creamy cheesecake is ideal for any special occasion,” writes Julie Kocur from Abingdon, Maryland. We’re sure you’ll agree!
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