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!See Popular Christmas Desserts Recipes
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
These cookies expand while baking, creating a fun crinkled effect that kids will love to watch as it happens.
Candy-cane shaped cookies are dipped in chocolate and then rolled in coconut, pistachios, or red sugar to make these sweet desserts.
Have "snow" much fun! Create and offer edible snow people in a jar of sugar cubes to look like snow.
Easy brownie-mix brownies get dressed up for the holidays with frosting and crushed peppermint candy.
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.)