Christmas Desserts

Sweets are one of the best parts of the holiday season: Christmas dessert recipes are such a festive way to indulge. And, whether you're whipping up cakes, pies, or pudding, you can invoke the seasonal spirit of giving: Everyone's happy to receive fun dessert ideas as a hostess gift or goodie bag surprises. (Wrap a decorative bow around a box of homemade brownies and you're a hero.) Holiday baking is also a great time to spend with the family. Throw on an album of carols, light the tree, and get to work: Easy Christmas desserts like gingerbread men and buttery sugar cookies aren't going to decorate themselves!

Vanilla Cream-Fruitcake Trifle

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Crinkle Cookies

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These cookies expand while baking, creating a fun crinkled effect that kids will love to watch as it happens.

Total: 1 hr

Donut Snowman

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Holiday Snowmen

Better Homes and Gardens

These kid-friendly snowmen cookies are fun to make and give during Christmas. Call on this cookie recipe to be creative for winter birthdays, snow days, or anytime kids gather for cooking and crafting projects.

Royal Christmas Cake

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Filled with candied fruits and nuts, then topped with snowy-white frosting, this cake is a Christmas dessert recipe that will be memorable.

Star Santa Almond Sugar Cookies

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Who said Santa had to be round? With jelly beans for feet and a red candy nose, you can turn a star into your favorite jolly ol' pal.

Star Santa Almond Sugar Cookies

Better Homes and Gardens

Who said Santa had to be round? With jelly beans for feet and a red candy nose, you can turn a star into your favorite jolly ol' pal.

Two-Tone Cinnamon Cookies

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Hazelnut Browned Butter Shortbread

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Spiced Oatmeal Shortbread Wedges

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Eggnog Angels

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The "stained glass" windows on these holiday angel cookies are hard candies that melt during baking and reharden when cool.

Pistachio Cookie Cups

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Line muffin cups with this sweet crust, fill with savory pistachios and dried cranberries, and bake until golden. This bite-size dessert is perfect for holiday entertaining.

Biscochitos

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Made at Christmas time in Mexico and the American Southwest, these biscuits are traditionally cut into fun shapes.

Apple Pie Bread

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Move over apple pie! This bread--with its moist apple flavor and pecan streusel topping--may become the Christmas recipe everyone craves.

Vanilla Holiday Cookies

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This sweet holiday treat gets a kick from a pinch of sea salt. Cut the vanilla cookies into star shapes and decorate with edible gold stars or gold sugar sprinkles.

Brown Sugar and Spice Wedges

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Quick and easy, these brown sugar and spice recipes are the perfect treat for entertaining guests. Top the crispy crust with caramel-flavor ice cream topping and a sprinkle of sea salt for a balanced bite.

Christmas Desserts  Recipes: Take your pick!
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