Favorite Holiday Desserts

The holidays are a time for friends and family, diet breaking and decadence. They are your last hurrah before attempting to “better yourself” for the new year. So, make your desserts worth it. Whether they’re classic holiday favorites, a family recipe, or something you learned in your baking courses online, bring your best desserts to the table this holiday season. Here are some classic recipes that everyone should have on their back burner:

Sugar cookies: Whether it’s decorated with icing, sprinkles, or the magic of Christmas fairies, a Christmas cookie is nothing without a nice old fashioned sugar cookie recipe.

Gingerbread cookies: Another holiday staple, you need a handy gingerbread cookie recipe for your holiday cookie spread, as well as a fun gingerbread house project for the kids. Just be sure to leave your dough thick enough so the house is sturdy!

Truffles: A plate of truffles is rather pleasing to the eye. They look like they were made with a lot of time and care, but in reality, they don’t even require baking. A go-to truffle recipe is great to have for when you want to bring something impressive to the party, but don’t have the time to go all out.

Fudge: The awesome thing about fudge is that you can make it any way you please. Caramel drizzled on top? Peppermint inside? If the fudge itself isn’t chocolaty enough for you, there is no shame in throwing some chocolate chips in there too. Start with a simple recipe and improvise from there.

Sweet potato pie: Sweet potatoes don’t only belong on the table at dinnertime, but during dessert too. This sweet potato pie uses a crust made of gingersnap cookies, making it the perfect pie to transition from fall to winter.

Bread pudding: Bread pudding is delightful at any time of the year, but it’s especially served around the holidays. It is popular all over the world, with each region having its own unique variation. Folks in the United States like to use whiskey or rum sauce to warm everybody up around the holidays. Serve this recipe warm, with a dollop of ice cream!

Pumpkin pie: In the style of Cinderella, as the clock strikes 12 on Thanksgiving night, all of the pumpkin flavored things turn to peppermint. If you’re a pumpkin fan, don’t let the local coffee shop’s menu tell you how to live your life. Keep serving pumpkin pie.

Apple pie: A classic apple pie has a place at every holiday gathering. Just because cider mills are closing down for the winter doesn’t mean that there’s no longer a place for apples. Use your favorite combinations of sweet, tart, crunchy and soft apples for a decadent apple pie.

Pound cake: Substitute the fruit cake this year with a pound cake full of maraschino cherries. It’s sweet enough to enjoy for dessert, but mild enough to drink with coffee the next morning. It’s guaranteed to be a bigger hit than any fruitcake.

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