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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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Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

This is a wonderful recipe I discovered and changed a bit to suit my taste. I love the flavor of pumpkin and the cinnamon makes ordinary cream cheese frosting extra special. When I made a batch for my husband to take to work, he said they disappeared in record time.—Debbie Wiggins, Longmont, Colorado

Pumpkin-Butterscotch Gingerbread Trifle

Pumpkin-Butterscotch Gingerbread Trifle

Pumpkin-Butterscotch Gingerbread Trifle

There's more to pumpkin than pie, as this impressive trifle proves. It looks so elegant with alternating layers of gingerbread cake and pumpkin/butterscotch pudding. Try making it ahead of time for a fuss-free dessert when you're planning to entertain guests. —Lyla Lehenbauer, New London, Missouri

Chocolate Caramel Candy

Chocolate Caramel Candy

Chocolate Caramel Candy

This dazzling treat tastes like a Snickers bar but has homemade flavor beyond compare. When I entered it in a recipe contest at our harvest festival, it won five ribbons, including grand prize and the judges' special award. —Jane Meek, Pahrump, Nevada
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Layered Mocha Cheesecake

Layered Mocha Cheesecake

Layered Mocha Cheesecake

In my search for the perfect mocha cheesecake, I ended up combining a few of my favorite recipes to create this delicious version. It’s as much a feast for the eyes as for the palate! —Sue Gronholz, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin

Peanut Butter Brownie Trifle

Peanut Butter Brownie Trifle

Peanut Butter Brownie Trifle

This rich, tempting trifle feeds a crowd and features the ever-popular combination of chocolate and peanut butter. Try this dessert for your next get-together. —Nancy Foust, Stoneboro, Pennsylvania

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

I like using pretty mini muffin liners and topping these peanut butter cups with colored sprinkles to coordinate with the holiday we're celebrating. People can't believe how simple it is to make this irresistible candy with gooey, peanut butter centers. —LaVonne Hegland, St. Michael, Minnesota

Pumpkin Torte

Pumpkin Torte

Pumpkin Torte

This beautiful layered cake has a creamy filling with a mild pumpkin flavor and a little spice. It's quick and always turns out so well. The nuts and caramel topping add a nice finishing touch, but you could also try other toppings as a variation. —Trixie Fisher, Piqua, Ohio

Caramel-Pecan Apple Pie

Caramel-Pecan Apple Pie

Caramel-Pecan Apple Pie

You'll love the smell in your kitchen—and the smiles on everybody's faces—when you make this scrumptious pie that's drizzled with caramel sauce. It's takes me back home to Virginia and being at my granny's table. —Gloria Castro, Santa Rose, California

Butter Pecan Fudge

Butter Pecan Fudge

Butter Pecan Fudge

Toasted pecans add a nutty crunch to this creamy buttery fudge. I have given this candy with its wonderful caramel flavor, as gifts at Christmastime and people always rave about it! -Pam Smith Alta Loma, California

Giant Molasses Cookies

Giant Molasses Cookies

Giant Molasses Cookies

My family always requests these soft and deliciously chewy cookies. The cookies are also great for shipping as holiday gifts or to troops overseas. —Kristine Chayes, Smithtown, New York

Incredible Coconut Cake

Incredible Coconut Cake

Incredible Coconut Cake

I found this recipe in a newspaper many years ago and modified it to suit my taste. This is my all-time favorite cake, and my family and friends absolutely love it. —Lynne Bassler, Indiana, Pennsylvania
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