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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.

Cranberry Gelatin Squares

Cranberry Gelatin Squares

Cranberry Gelatin Squares

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.

Peach Rice Pudding

Peach Rice Pudding

Peach Rice Pudding

This old-fashioned rice pudding is layered with sliced peaches, then topped with a sweet raspberry sauce. It makes for a pretty presentation in parfait glasses.

Old-Fashioned Jam Cake

Old-Fashioned Jam Cake

Old-Fashioned Jam Cake

I remember my Aunt Murna telling me she made this cake often when she was a young girl. Through the years, she made improvements to it, and her cake become a real family favorite. It has been a popular staple at our reunions.
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Sparkling Fresh Fruit

Sparkling Fresh Fruit

Sparkling Fresh Fruit

“This fruit-filled dessert is yummy,” promises Nancee Melin of Tucson, Arizona. “For even faster preparation, you can buy cut-up fruit from the produce department. For an elegant touch, I like to garnish it with fresh mint sprigs.”

Walnut-Cranberry Lattice Pie

Walnut-Cranberry Lattice Pie

Walnut-Cranberry Lattice Pie

After this ruby-red pie got rave reviews on Thanksgiving, I was happy to bake it again for Christmas dinner. The naturally tart cranberries are perfectly sweetened and accented with walnuts, raisins and lemon.

Poached Pears with Almond Cream

Poached Pears with Almond Cream

Poached Pears with Almond Cream

Crisp pastry forms the base for a nicely spiced pear half in this elegant dessert.—Judy Losecco, Buffalo, New York

Christmas Gingerbread House

Christmas Gingerbread House

Christmas Gingerbread House

Making a gingerbread house is a favorite tradition for my family during the holidays. We look forward to it every year. —A. Ruth Witmer, Stevens, Pennsylvania

Eggnog Pumpkin Pie

Eggnog Pumpkin Pie

Eggnog Pumpkin Pie

Eggnog gets extra credit for the creamy custard filling in this treasured recipe from field editor Terri Gonzalez, Roswell, New Mexico. She notes, “This pie of my mom’s is the absolute best pumpkin pie I have ever tasted.”

Raspberry Lemon Cake

Raspberry Lemon Cake

Raspberry Lemon Cake

Want a change from chocolate cake? Try this elegant lemon cake...it's packed with refreshing lemon flavor, from the cake to the homemade lemon curd and creamy frosting. It won a blue-ribbon at an Alaska State Fair and it's definitely a winner with me.—Shirley Warren, Thiensville, Wisconsin

Cranberry Creme Brulee

Cranberry Creme Brulee

Cranberry Creme Brulee

Our home economists dress up classic creme brulee with an easy-to-make cranberry sauce. The sweet-tart sauce compliments the rich, creamy custard.
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