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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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Caramel Apple Cheesecake

Caramel Apple Cheesecake

Caramel Apple Cheesecake

This recipe won the grand prize in an apple recipe contest. With caramel both on the bottom and over the top, every bite is sinfully delicious. —Lisa Morman, Minot, North Dakota

Gingerbread Cutout Cookies

Gingerbread Cutout Cookies

Gingerbread Cutout Cookies

Our two boys linger around the kitchen when these aromatic cookies are baking. I make them throughout the year using a variety of cookie cutters. —Christy Thelan, Kellog, Iowa

Oatmeal Chip Cookies

Oatmeal Chip Cookies

Oatmeal Chip Cookies

These delicious, nutritious cookies use lots of oatmeal. They're crisp on the outside and sweet, chewy inside.—Ruth Ann Stelfox, Raymond, Alberta
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Almond Sugar Cookies

Almond Sugar Cookies

Almond Sugar Cookies

It's a tradition in our house to start baking Christmas cookies early in the season and try some new recipes every year. This nutty glazed melt-in-your-mouth cookie is one of my favorites. -Lisa Hummell Phillipsburg, New Jersey

Chocolate Peanut Squares

Chocolate Peanut Squares

Chocolate Peanut Squares

If you're a fan of peanut butter cups, you'll enjoy these two-layer treats. A slightly crunchy graham cracker and peanut butter layer is topped with a smooth coating of melted chocolate chips and peanut butter. Yum! -Nicole Trudell Fort Langley, British Columbia

Homemade Holiday Marshmallows

Homemade Holiday Marshmallows

Homemade Holiday Marshmallows

This recipe was my grandpa's favorite. At Christmastime, he would be busy making marshmallows for his family and friends. —Diana Byron, New London, Ohio

Praline Pumpkin Torte

Praline Pumpkin Torte

Praline Pumpkin Torte

Homemade pralines, big poufs of whipped cream and spiced cake make this torte decadent to the last bite. It's perfect for an autumn day. —Esther Sinn, Princeton, Illinois

Marbled Orange Fudge

Marbled Orange Fudge

Marbled Orange Fudge

This decadent treat doesn't last long at our house. The Creamsicle flavor of this soft fudge brings on the smiles. Bright orange and marshmallow swirls make it a perfect takealong for events and get-togethers. —Diane Wampler, Morristown, Tennessee

Mother Lode Pretzels

Mother Lode Pretzels

Mother Lode Pretzels

I brought these savory-sweet pretzels to a family gathering, and they disappeared from the dessert tray before dessert was even served! My family raves about how awesome they are. —Carrie Bennett, Madison, Wisconsin

Raspberry Ribbons

Raspberry Ribbons

Raspberry Ribbons

"I make these attractive, buttery cookies to serve at our remote guest lodge, and all the girls in the kitchen are addicted to them!" writes Patsy Wolfenden of Golden, British Columbia.

Candy Cane Snowballs

Candy Cane Snowballs

Candy Cane Snowballs

I bake dozens of different kinds of Christmas cookies to give to family and friends. I came up with this recipe when I had leftover candy canes I wanted to use up. The snowballs are dipped in a white candy coating, then into crushed peppermint candy. -Debby Anderson Stockbridge, Georgia
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