Holidays & Events

It’s time to celebrate! Get inspired to go above-and-beyond with our special recipes for holidays and events that take you from appetizers to dessert.

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Chocolate Lebkuchen Cherry Balls

1 review

Here’s my twist on the traditional German holiday lebkuchen—with a surprise inside. —Arlene Erlbach, Morton Grove, Illinois

Cherry Almond Mousse Pie

19 reviews

Treat your loved ones to a luscious pie with chocolate, cherries and nuts in a creamy vanilla mousse. It's a...


Cherry Chocolate Crepes

3 reviews

Cherries and chocolate just naturally taste great together, but the combination is even better when enhanced by tender crepes and...


Almond Pear Torte

Yum! This recipe combines cheesecake, pears and nutmeg for a scrumptious holiday dessert. I sprinkle slivered almonds on top. —Trisha...


Mocha Cherry Cookies

3 reviews

Flecked with cherries and glistening with sugar, these dainty cookies always go over big. They're rich and tender, much like...

Cherry Cheesecake Mousse

1 review

“What’s great about this recipe is that it is not only perfect for the Christmas season, but also nice all...


Striped Icebox Cookies

6 reviews

I've been using this recipe ever since I was a little girl. I like it because it's easier than making...

Chocolate Cherry Pie

4 reviews

Assures Maxine Smith of Owanka, South Dakota. "This rich and creamy pie is sure to please any dyed-in-the-wool chocoholic!"


Chocolate-Cherry Cheesecake Bars

1 review

I’ve had this recipe longer than I can remember. I like to make it for Valentine’s Day and Christmas. The...


Black Forest Tart

6 reviews

Cherry pie filling and a melted chocolate drizzle top a rich, fudgy cake made from chocolate cookie crumbs. —Taste of...


Schaum Strawberry Torte

19 reviews

This recipe was handed down from my German grandma. She took great pride in serving this delicate dessert. Whenever I...

Sacher Torte Squares

3 reviews

Sacher torte is a Viennese cake that requires several steps. My squares are an easy alternative, but they still feature...


Chocolate Cherry Cookies

2 reviews

A juicy maraschino cherry peeks out from under a creamy frosting in this chocolate cookie. I've been making them for...


Hot Bacon Spinach Salad

1 review

When I got married, my husband said he hated spinach! I prepared this salad and dressing for him and he...


Frosted Chocolate Cherry Cookies

1 review

My five brothers and I lost our mother when we were young, so we started cooking at an early age....


German Black Forest Cake

8 reviews

As far as I know, this cake recipe can be traced back to my German great-grandma. When I got married,...

Black Forest Brownies

2 reviews

Although I enjoy sweets, other recipes have failed me (I'm a beginning baker). But not this one! It's easy, and...


Chocolate Bavarian with Strawberry Cream

Strawberries are my favorite fruit, so I'm always looking for new ways to use them. This elegant, fancy-looking dessert is...


Berry-Almond Sandwich Cookies

1 review

Almond shortbread cookies cradle a delightful berry filling for this Christmas cookie favorite. The recipe is undeniably good. —Helga Schlape,...


Coconut Truffles

2 reviews

These chocolate-covered coconut truffles can be flavored with a variety of extracts with delicious results. Making candy is a favorite...


Cherry-Chocolate Cream Puffs

1 review

I developed this fun chocolate-filled cream puff recipe that’s perfect for cherry lovers. I enjoy cooking and playing with ideas...


Sachertorte Bites

Elegant and simple, these rich confection-like bars are a bite-sized take on the famous Viennese Sachertorte. It's traditionally made with...


Black Forest Pie

6 reviews

With three active children, I don't usually fuss with fancy desserts. This one is simple but impressive--it's the one I...


Beef Tenderloin with Roasted Vegetables

3 reviews

I appreciate this recipe because it includes a side dish of roasted potatoes, brussels sprouts and carrots, giving me one...

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Hearty Mushroom Canapes

This appealing appetizer from Sue Huebner of Wausau, Wisconsin shapes up nicely for Valentine's Day—or any special holiday. "I cut...