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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 Cheesecake with Sour Cream Topping

Pumpkin Cheesecake with Sour Cream Topping

Pumpkin Cheesecake with Sour Cream Topping

Why not surprise Thanksgiving guests with this luscious cheesecake instead of the traditional pie? —Dorothy Smith, El Dorado, Arkansas

Italian Christmas Cookies

Italian Christmas Cookies

Italian Christmas Cookies

"A single batch of these mouthwatering cookies is never enough," attests Doris Marshall of Strasburg, Pennsylvania. "I usually make one to give away and two more to keep at home. Adding ricotta cheese to the batter makes the morsels extra moist."—Doris Marshall, Strasburg, Pennsylvania

Ginger-Streusel Pumpkin Pie

Ginger-Streusel Pumpkin Pie

Ginger-Streusel Pumpkin Pie

I love to bake and have spent a lot of time making goodies for my family and friends. The streusel topping gives this pie a special touch your family will love. —Sonia Parvu, Sherrill, New York
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Creamy Caramels

Creamy Caramels

Creamy Caramels

I discovered this recipe in a local newspaper several years ago and have made these soft buttery caramels ever since. Everyone asks for the recipe once they have a taste. I make them for Christmas, picnics and charity auctions. They are so much better than store-bought caramels. -Marcie Wolfe, Williamsburg, Virginia

White Chocolate Cranberry Blondies

White Chocolate Cranberry Blondies

White Chocolate Cranberry Blondies

“This recipe is often requested for wedding receptions,” says Erika Busz of Kent, Washington. “For a fancier presentation, cut the bars into triangle shapes and drizzle white chocolate over each one individually.”

White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake

White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake

White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake

As a dairy farmer’s wife, I have experience making cheesecake. In fact, most anything containing milk products is tasty in my book. If I’m out of cream cheese, it’s time to go to the grocery store! —Wendy Barkman, Breezewood, Pennsylvania

Lemon Meringue Angel Cake

Lemon Meringue Angel Cake

Lemon Meringue Angel Cake

I've been told that this dessert tastes exactly like a lemon meringue pie and that it's the best angel food cake anyone could ask for. I'm not sure about all of that, but it is delightful to serve, and each slice is virtually fat free. —Sharon Kurtz, Emmaus, Pennsylvania

Peanut Butter Snowballs

Peanut Butter Snowballs

Peanut Butter Snowballs

These creamy treats are a nice change from the typical milk chocolate and peanut butter combination. This recipe is also an easy one for children to help with. I prepare them for a bake sale at my granddaughter's school and put them in gift boxes I share with neighbors at Christmas. -Wanda Regula, Birmingham, Michigan

Gingerbread Men Cookies

Gingerbread Men Cookies

Gingerbread Men Cookies

No holiday cookie platter would be complete without gingerbread men! This is a tried-and-true recipe I'm happy to share with you.—Mitzi Sentiff, Annapolis, Maryland

White Velvet Cutouts

White Velvet Cutouts

White Velvet Cutouts

We make these cutouts every Christmas and give lots of them as gifts. Last year, we baked a batch a week all through December to be sure we'd have plenty for ourselves, too. These rich cookies melt in your mouth! — Kim Hinkle, Wauseon, Ohio

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

With the classic combination of chocolate and peanut butter, it's no surprise these are my family's favorite cookies. Because of their ease of preparation, I'm able to make them at a moment's notice. —Faith Jensen, Meridian, Idaho
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