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!

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8 Delectable Christmas Desserts

The holidays are a golden ticket to indulge a little, so don't waste your Christmas dessert hour on ho-hum sweets. We like Christmas cookies as much as the next person, but who wouldn't bypass a sugar cookie for a plate of rich, gooey Black Forest trifle? With all of the dazzle and sparkle of the season, you have to make a little magic in the kitchen to get noticed.

Christmas Desserts --Healthy & Delicious, Easy & Elegant

Growing up, healthy Christmas treats were usually limited to a lonely apple or orange my parents (or Santa?) vainly stuck into my holiday stocking. Now that I'm all grown up adults, it's easy to understand why. By the time Christmas day rolls around, we're often so stuffed with cookies, candies, and other high-sugar, high-calorie goodies that a healthy option is not only a welcome change but almost a necessity. Before you accuse us of being Scrooges when it comes to Christmas treats, we want to reassure that we're not trying to replace your Christmas goodies with dry crackers andread more

Vanilla Cream-Fruitcake Trifle

Better Homes and Gardens

Puff Pastry Christmas Trees

Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry

Puff pastry cut into evergreen tree shapes are baked and filled with pudding. Let the kids help decorate the "trees" with colored sugar and cherry halves before devouring.

Total: 1 hr 20 mins

Top Ten Christmas Cakes

While Christmas cookies are always welcome, there's something special about presenting a beautiful Christmas cake at the parties and dinners that abound this time of year. Whether it's simple or over the top, cake is a lovely centerpiece for any holiday table, a sweet suggestion of the dessert course to come. Whether you opt for a pristine white butter cake or a cheerful red velvet number, your guests will appreciate the extra effort that goes into baking and icing a cake.

Holiday Desserts: Magic in Moments

Want to bake up some serious holiday magic, but you're a little short on time? Kraft comes to the rescue, giving you plenty of ways to create party-worth desserts in no time. In our fantasies of the holidays, visions of sugar plums, fancy Christmas cakes, and fanciful gingerbread houses dance in our heads.

Christmas Cookies: Delight by the Dozens

It's just not Christmas without a tray of holiday cookies. This time of year, everyone's got a favorite, whether it's a classic sugar cookie or playful gingerbread men. And nothing makes for great childhood memories like those December afternoons spent in the kitchen, surreptitiously sneaking a taste of sugary glaze and surrounded by the warm sweet smells coming from the oven.

25 Days of Christmas Cookies: Eggnog Wreaths with Nutmeg Glaze

Eggnog is a little like fruitcake: Everybody has it on hand but does anybody really want to partake of either of these two laugh-line Christmas classics? There's just something so ... so ... so old-fashioned about both eggnog and fruitcake. Not that's there's anything wrong with old-fashioned when it comes to Christmas. But ... here's an idea we like a lot better: Eggnog Wreath COOKIES with Nutmeg Glaze, which taste better than fruitcake, to be sure, and are a lot more original than a glass of milky liquid in a big punchbowl. These cookies are just soread more

Super Easy Christmas Dinner: Homemade & Fresh in an Hour or Less!

Between the caroling (yes, Virginia, there are still carolers), the shopping, the hanging of the Christmas stockings with care and making the rounds of all those holiday parties, you may not have the energy to put on the twelve-course Christmas dinner of your fantasies. And frankly, wouldn't you rather spend time with your friends and family than spend hours in the kitchen, chopping vegetables, stuffing yet another turkey, and whipping up over-the-top desserts? Ladies and gents, it's time for an easy Christmas dinner. Impossible? Not on your life! The menu we've put together, from appetizer to dessert, is notread more

Peanut Butter Rudolph Reindeer

Ladies' Home Journal

Candy coated chocolate, pretzels, and chocolate chips turn these peanut butter cookies into Santa's reindeer. Kids love them!

Total: 1 hr 15 mins

Cream Cheese and Orange Essence Christmas Trees

Ladies' Home Journal

Green-tinted dough is piped into tree shapes and then baked to make these holiday cookies. A light glaze and white sugar crystals add a little "snow" on top.

Total: 1 hr

Gingerbread House Facades

Ladies' Home Journal

Make and bake the gingerbread cookie dough and then let your kids help cut it into house shapes. Set out the decorated house fronts at your holiday meal.

Total: 2 hrs 35 mins

Santa Face Cookies

Ladies' Home Journal

Your kids can help decorate the Santa faces on these shaped sugar cookies.

Total: 2 hrs 45 mins

Season's Best Sugar Cookies

Betty Crocker

A classic sugar cookie recipe will become a treasured part of your recipe collection.

Total: 3 hrs

Donut Snowman

Parents

Poppy Seed Cake

Food & Wine

Lauren Chattman brings out the taste of the poppy seeds in this cake by soaking them in hot water. She lightly crushes the seeds in a blender before mixing them into the batter. (Recipe adapted from Cake Keeper Cakes.)

Total: 2 hrs
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