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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.

Heavenly Hash Bars

Heavenly Hash Bars

Heavenly Hash Bars

Chock-full of chips, nuts and mini marshmallows, these rich bars are a cinch to stir up. "They make great Christmas treats, but I like to prepare them year-round," explains Peg Wilson, Elm Creek, Nebraska.

Santa Claus Cookies

Santa Claus Cookies

Santa Claus Cookies

Store-bought peanut butter sandwich cookies become jolly elves with white chocolate, colored sugar, mini chips and Red Hots. —Mary Kaufenberg, Shakopee, Minnesota

Pecan Coconut Clusters

Pecan Coconut Clusters

Pecan Coconut Clusters

Crisp rice cereal and chopped pecans add crunch to these no-bake bites sent in by Norene Wright of Manilla, Indiana. "This recipe is quick to fix, and the results are truly rich," she writes.
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Cherry Date Cookies

Cherry Date Cookies

Cherry Date Cookies

You can fix these chewy old-fashioned drop cookies with five ingredients. "I received this recipe from a friend more than 40 years ago and have made these cookies every Christmas since," writes Charlotte Moore of Parkersburg, West Virginia. Topped with a cherry half, each fruitcake-like bite costs just 16 cents.

Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

Baking cookies to share doesn't get much easier than this. Stir together four ingredients. Bake. Top with a Kiss. —Dee Davis, Sun City, Arizona

Christmas Gift Cake

Christmas Gift Cake

Christmas Gift Cake

Our home economists had a fun time "wrapping" up this extra-special dessert. Boxed cake mixes make it a snap to prepare while a fast frosting, fruit roll bow and fun candies add festive flair.

Slow Cooker Fruite Compote

Slow Cooker Fruite Compote

Slow Cooker Fruite Compote

I use canned goods and my slow cooker to whip up an old-fashioned side dish that's loaded with sweet fruits. It makes a heartwarming accompaniment to holiday menus. —Mary Ann Jonns, Midlothian, Illinois

Sugar Cone Spruce Trees

Sugar Cone Spruce Trees

Sugar Cone Spruce Trees

I capitalized on the idea at Christmastime by sprucing up ice cream cones to fashion some frosted firs. I made these for a school Christmas party.—Carla Harris, Trenton, Tennessee

Sledding Snacks

Sledding Snacks

Sledding Snacks

Store-bought frosting is used to attach mini candy cane "runners" to the graham cracker sleds. For festive finishing touches, the frosted sleds are decorated with colored sprinkles and tied with red shoestring licorice "ropes".—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin

Peppery Peanut Brittle

Peppery Peanut Brittle

Peppery Peanut Brittle

A touch of hot pepper sauce gives a unique zip to this crunchy confection from Janie Sanders of Vicksburg, Mississippi. "We call it blistering brittle," she says. The mixture reaches hard-crack stage in the microwave, so you don't even need a candy thermometer for this brittle.

Crunchy Peanut Butter Balls

Crunchy Peanut Butter Balls

Crunchy Peanut Butter Balls

"The first time I made this candy, I knew it was going to be a big hit," writes Janice Brightwell, Jeffersonville, Indiana. "My husband and friends agree it's the best they've ever tasted. It's quick and simple to prepare. I've been asked for the recipe countless times."
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