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Best Christmas Desserts Recipes

Christmas Desserts Shopping Tips

There are so many varieties of chocolate on the shelves today it can be overwhelming to pick one – as a general rule of thumb, the fewer the ingredients, the better the chocolate.

Christmas Desserts Cooking Tips

Think beyond cakes and pies – fruits like peaches, pineapple, and figs are excellent grilled – brush with melted butter or wine and sprinkle with sugar and spices for a dessert that you can feel good about.


83 Holiday Desserts You Absolutely Have To Make This Winter

'Tis the season to bake all the sweets. Cookies, cakes, pies, cheesecakes. you name it, we've whipped it up. From classics like gingerbread cookies and peppermint bark to over-the-top mash-ups like our candy cane cookie sandwiches, consider this your go-to guide for holiday baking. For even more festive treats, visit our holiday cookie central or try our twists on gingerbread and Christmas sugar cookies.

Master this classic recipe and make gingerbread men even Santa would be proud of.

The cake represents the yule log that families would burn starting on Christmas Eve.


99 Best Christmas Desserts That Are Just as Gorgeous as They Are Decadent

These recipes will have you reaching for your apron ASAP.

Yes, the year is at its darkest and coldest, but there's a lot to love about December (aka Christmas Month). And most of those things are the ways we take care of ourselves&mdashthe Hallmark movie marathons, the cozy family time, and nights warming ourselves by a fire, for starters. But for those of us whose self-care tends more towards enjoying a wide variety of sweet baked goods, December is the perfect time to indulge in all the holiday baking we want! Luckily, we've rounded up all of the best Christmas desserts we could find and dropped them into this one place for you. With recipes for beautifully decorated holiday cookies, Christmas cakes, and Christmas treats galore, these easy Christmas desserts will definitely make the next month feel like the most delicious time of the year.

Here, we're kicking things up a notch with a ton of revamped classics that'll make you want to edit your personal ranking of the best Christmas desserts. A classic cheesecake recipe, for instance, gets an instant makeover with ginger, nutmeg, and clove. Meanwhile, we've taken the time-honored gingerbread cookie recipe you know and love and turned it into&mdashwait for it&mdashice cream! Of course, if you're going to go through all the trouble of making all these decadent recipes from scratch, you might as well have a few guests over for a Christmas party (check out our guides to amazing holiday appetizers, Christmas cocktails, and Christmas table decorations for the ultimate extravaganza). For any festive occasion, you can't go wrong with one of these fantastic Christmas desserts.


Why Student Debt Is a Racial Justice Issue

Student loan debt burdens more than 44 million Americans, and prevents millions from buying homes, starting businesses, saving for retirement, or even starting families. This debt is disproportionately affecting Black families, and Black women in particular.

Higher education has long been held as a critical gateway to getting a job and achieving economic stability and mobility. But because of long-standing systemic racial discrimination, Black families have far less wealth to draw on to pay for college, creating barriers for Black communities to access higher education and build wealth. Black families are more likely to borrow, to borrow more, and to have trouble in repayment. Two decades after taking out their student loans, the median Black borrower still owes 95 percent of their debt, whereas the median white borrower has paid off 94 percent of their debt.

Students of color pursue higher education in a social and economic system built on racist ideologies that is set up to work against them and perpetuate racial wealth and income and achievement gaps. To redress this systemic inequality, the ACLU, Center for Responsible Lending (CRL), and more than 300 other organizations are calling on the Biden-Harris administration and Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona to use their authority under the Higher Education Act to cancel $50,000 of student debt per borrower, and Congress must act as well.

To understand the systemic issues rooted in the student debt crisis, we must start with its history. Though we have normalized the idea that students must take on debt for college, historically students benefited from broad public investment in higher education. However, not all students benefited equally: Black students had little access to GI Bill benefits and, even a decade after Brown v. Board of Education (1954), predominately white institutions (PWIs) in many states resisted integration and equal treatment. Further, state and federal governments continued to inadequately and inequitably fund historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) despite the high-quality opportunities they provided and the critical function they performed for Black students and communities. This created and cemented the racial wealth and resource gap in institutions of higher education.

It was in this context that Congress and President Lyndon B. Johnson passed the Higher Education Act of 1965. Recognizing the value of broad higher education access, Johnson hoped the legislation would open the doors of opportunity to everyone, especially Black students and other students of color, through Pell Grants and other subsidies.

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Yet by the end of the 20th century, just as Black and Brown students and women gained entry after decades-long legal battles and social struggles, reactionary policymakers shifted the significant costs of higher education from the public to individual families. What had been considered a public good when it was predominantly for white men, became a public burden to be shifted to families.

This shift away from public financing, which accelerated after the Great Recession, led to predictable and damaging results: Today the cost of higher education is beyond imagination. It is out of reach for most families, especially Black and Brown students, unless they agree to unsustainable debt. In effect, we are perpetuating the ugly legacy of redlining and housing discrimination by requiring the same Black families that were historically denied wealth to take on a greater debt burden than their white peers.

The student debt crisis is just one of the latest iterations in the long and shameful history of too many unkept promises to Black and Brown communities. This country didn't keep its promise to give formerly enslaved people the land that they worked on to build wealth following the Civil War. Then from redlining, inaccessible GI benefits, and now the decreased value of college degrees, Black people have continuously had the roads to economic success blocked outright.

Canceling $50,000 in student debt can help secure financial stability and economic mobility for Black and Brown borrowers who are disproportionately burdened by this student debt crisis and the impacts of the racial wealth gap in this country. But even after graduation, Black and Latinx people face substantial job discrimination and earn far less than their white counterparts. This income gap makes building financial stability and managing student loan repayment even harder. A college education actually deepens the wealth gap due to the high costs and structural issues in our system. Yet, higher education is a necessity, not a luxury, for today's workforce.

Due to these persisting inequalities, even with $50,000 cancelation per borrower, there will still be millions of borrowers with debt. That number will only grow unless we overhaul loan repayment altogether and create a debt-free college system. The Center for Responsible Learning argues that the federal government should improve repayment by: (1) clearing the books of bad debts, such as debts that have been in repayment for longer than 15 years (2) restoring limitations on collections and making student debt dischargeable in bankruptcy and (3) making repayment truly affordable and budget-conscious through a new income-driven repayment plan open to all borrowers. For new students, a new social contract could also double the Pell Grant and increase funding and support for HBCUs.

We have an opportunity to help millions of families realize their American Dreams, secure financial stability and economic mobility for Black and Brown families, and take a critical step toward closing the racial wealth gap. The charge is clear, the moment is here, and the time for action is now: The Biden administration must cancel $50,000 in student debt per borrower.


Our Best Holiday Baking Recipes

These sweet treats are perfect when you need a pinch of holiday spirit and a sprinkle of festive fun!

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Snow Globe Cheesecakes

These adorable snow globe cheesecakes are a no-bake masterpiece. Each little cheesecake is topped with a glassy gelatin globe speckled with silver glitter, as if freshly shaken. The best part is, you can eat every bit!

Julekage

Julekage is a Danish Christmas yeasted bread that's redolent of cardamom and cinnamon and chockablock with dried fruit, nuts, and candied orange peel. Don't be daunted by the lengthy ingredient list you are likely to have many of the items on hand and the rest are grocery staples.

Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies

Gingerbread Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

As with most gingerbreads, this cake only gets better with time. When it's first baked, it will be light and cakey. If you wrap it and let it sit a day, it will become even more moist and the warm spices will intensify. Either way, it's homey and delicious and perfect for your holiday table. And if you don't have gingerbread cookies to decorate the bottom with, don't worry. This cake can easily stand alone and still impress.

The Best Peanut Brittle

This sweet and salty peanut brittle has the perfect crunch and sheen. With a little patience, you'll have a delicious brittle to serve to party guests or as an edible gift around the holidays.

Kransekake

Kransekake is a show-stopping Scandinavian celebration dessert that literally means 'wreath cake.' The tower of ring-shaped cookies whimsically decorated with royal icing is worthy of being the center of any celebration.


Our Best Christmas Recipes

Celebrate Christmas with friends, family and festive recipes. What could be merrier than that?!

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Classic Pork Crown Roast

This classic crown roast of pork is sure to wow family and friends at your next holiday gathering. We seasoned the pork overnight with salt, pepper and aromatic spices such as fennel, juniper, bay and allspice, for the most tender and juicy roasted meat. Glazed apples and onions serve as a sweet and tangy counterpoint.

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Christmas Ham Wrapped in Puff Pastry

A riff on the iconic glazed ham covered with pineapple rings and cherries, this showstopping main course offers flaky pastry and salty ham topped with sweet pineapple sauce in every slice.

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Christmas Steak

This restaurant-style steak is served carved and dressed in two fresh holiday-hued sauces -- salsa roja and chimichurri -- inspired by the two-tone grilled snapper served at the restaurant Contramar in Mexico City. Don't be afraid of generously salting the meat it helps create a real steakhouse crust.

Yorkshire Pudding

Yorkshire pudding and prime rib go together like cookies and milk, especially on Christmas. And with just four ingredients and in only 30 minutes, you'll have a delicious side dish made, grand and burnished like a crown.

Pineapple Honey-Glazed Ham

Ham dressed in pineapple rings and maraschino cherries is a holiday classic, and this dish will definitely steal the show.

Breakfast Cornbread Casserole with Ham and Kale

The combination of ham and kale is traditional for a reason: It's so unbelievably good. But this satisfying casserole is easy to adapt to other greens and meat pairings, depending on what you have on hand: Try cooked sausage with frozen spinach or andouille with frozen mustard greens.

Stuffed Standing Rib Roast

This roast is everything we love about the holiday. Rosy, incredibly tender and perfectly seasoned meat stuffed with all the quintessential Christmas roast sides -- garlicky spinach, sauteed mushrooms and cubed buttery brioche. Butterflying the roast may seem intimidating but just take your time and the effort will pay off when you hear the accolades at the table. We love how truffle butter adds umami to the dish, but we made it optional &ndash it really is just gilding the lily.

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Sheet Pan Holiday Ham Dinner

No stove-top cooking is required for this beautiful holiday dinner, complete with glossy marmalade-glazed ham, herby stuffed mushrooms, roasted garlic green beans and buttery rolls. We used bone-in ham steaks, but you could easily swap in boneless. In just one hour, you can have a full and satisfying dinner spread that's easy, elegant and stress-free--perfect for those smaller festive gatherings.

Red Chili Pork Tamales

While it's common to make tamales all year round, these delicious steamed corn husk-wrapped bundles are traditionally made and shared around the holidays. Everyone has their favorite filling--chicken, beef and pork are all popular. In our version, the pork shoulder filling is cooked low and slow in a flavorful sauce of dried chiles, aromatics and spices and then wrapped in a fluffy, tender masa dough. Enjoy these tamales on their own, or with a squeeze of fresh lime juice.

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Creamed Spinach

Serve this simple, classic side at your Christmas meal. Food Network Kitchen adds a little spice to the creamy sauce with a pinch of freshly grated nutmeg.

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Holiday Berry Meringue Wreath

This edible wreath is almost too pretty to eat (but seriously, you should dive in &mdash it's delicious.) Crisp and crunchy meringue lies beneath a ruby-red cranberry, raspberry and pomegranate sauce.

Crispy Pork Belly with Braised Red Cabbage and Sugar Browned Potatoes

Christmas is steeped in tradition. Special foods! Gifts! Songs! You may want to add this Nordic tradition to your festivities: Pork belly baked with the skin on, which becomes astonishingly crispy. Two simple but strategic accompaniments: braised red cabbage and sugar browned potatoes. The acid from the vinegar and sweetness from the lingonberry jam in the braised red cabbage cuts through the rich pork. The sugar browned potatoes are both creamy and sweet, a perfect contrast to the crisp and salty pork.

Cherry Mitten Hand Pies

Just like real mittens, you'll probably want a pair of these wintry treats. Store-bought pie dough makes rolling and cutting easy, and cherry is a festive filling for the season.

Christmas Coal Candy

Know someone on Santa's naughty list? Give them this crunchy cocoa-flavored candy. It's sweeter than it looks and fun to make as you break it into odd-shaped pieces.

Homemade Cannoli

"I love a cup of seriously strong coffee and a cannoli from an Italian bakery on Bleeker Street in Manhattan," Alex says. "When I am making these at home, I am holding them up to the standard of those memories. The dessert really comes together in two parts: make the shell, thin and crispy and then make a filling with serious flavor."

Glazed Spiral-Cut Ham

Brush a spiral ham with a sweet and tangy apricot glaze, and serve it with a quick sauce made from pan drippings for an impressive holiday roast.

Orange and Maple Roasted Butternut Squash

Glaze thinly sliced, roasted butternut squash with maple syrup and fresh orange, and add a sprinkle of parsley to finish.


71 Irresistible Christmas Desserts to Serve This Holiday

No Christmas dinner &mdash or any meal for that matter &mdash is complete without the mouth-watering sweets that come at the end of it. Whether you're a diehard chocolate fan or someone who can't possibly get through the holidays without at least three different types of gingerbread treats, any of these Christmas desserts will be the icing on the cake (ha, get it?) of your delicious meal. From easy-to-make cookies and Christmasy truffles to Santa-themed treats and holiday barks, there's bound to be at least one festive dessert (if not more) that pleases everyone in your household. If you're looking to spend the afternoon doing a little baking therapy, pick a recipe and run with it or make a day out of it by involving the whole family and choosing a few different Christmas desserts you'll all want to take a bite out of when you finish.

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is urging people not to throw large holiday parties this year, like they usually do, in hopes of slowing the spread of the deadly coronavirus. As disappointing as that may be to hear, it doesn't mean that you and your quaranteam can't have plenty of fun together this holiday season. Whip up your favorites of these Christmas desserts for the perfect end to your holiday feast. Play some Christmas party games amongst yourselves or virtually with your extended family. Make memories however and whenever you can because that's what will make this dreary year just a tad bit better &mdash and, of course, lots of sweets, too.

Celebrate the hard work of Santa, Mrs. Claus, and their elves with these festive cookies.

Instead of sipping on the classic winter drink, consider making it into a sweet (and fancy) dessert that you family will be eager to try.

Replace the graham cracker with handmade gingerbread cookies, and the individual slab of chocolate and marshmallow with a marshmallow-cream cheese and chocolate frosting for the best smore's your kids will ever have.

You can never go wrong with meringues, especially when they're made to resemble Santa's hat at Christmastime.

Top off these easy-to-make polar bear and star-shaped gingerbread cookies with snowy white icing to add the perfect finishing touch to your Christmas dessert.

These homemade microwaveable cakes come in handy when you're looking for a quick, easy, and delicious dessert, but you don't have hours to spend making it.

During the holidays, there's no such thing going over the top with Christmas-themed treats. These reindeer and tree cookies are as festive as Santa Claus himself.

If you have a little extra time on your hands, consider turning your favorite holiday drink into this adorable and deliciously creamy mousse.

Merry and bright treats, like these, work as Christmas desserts, decorations, or even gifts for your loved ones. Not to mention, they make for a fun family activity.

Chocolate and peppermint go hand in hand like peanut butter and jelly, and these babies feature not one but two types of chocolates. Talk about a match made in heaven.

More! Decorated! Cookies! Because why not? It's Christmas, and that means you can make all the festive sweets your little heart desires and design them however you want.

Red velvet may not strictly be a Christmas dessert, per se, but the colors make it so. Not to mention, these ice cream sandwiches will earn you the title of Best Baker Ever.

If you're looking for a Christmas dessert that doubles as a fun Christmas activity for the kids, look no further. They'll love making and decorating these adorable truffles.

This gingerbread village also works as a fun little family activity, but it does take quite a few hours, so it's best to tackle this recipe when you have the whole afternoon.

Your hard work making these cookies won't be for nothing once you and your family taste these gorgeous cookies. They may even be too pretty to eat, in which case, poke a hole in them, put some ribbon through it, and add them to your Christmas tree.

Put a fun spin on Santa's milk and cookies with these cookie shooters. Fill the cookie cup with milk for the kids, and some chocolate or coffee liqueur for the adults.

Switch out your typical gingerbread cookies for these chocolatey ones that are so good you won't want to eat a regular gingerbread cookies ever again. Make the snow angels with Woman's Day templates.

While these cinnamon candy cane cookies don't technically have any peppermint in them, that doesn't make them any less festive or delicious.

This delicious white chocolate cake doubles as a show-stopping centerpiece that's so nice, your family isn't going to want to touch it.

Pay tribute to the Yuletide when you make a Caramel Bûche de Noël (French for "Yule Log"), which is filled with dulce de leche filling and a milk chocolate frosting This decadent dessert will make you the classiest baker on the block.

No, the Christmas tree isn't standing tall all by itself. Hidden underneath it is a sugar cone that makes for the perfect decorating canvas and gingerbread cupcake topping.

Why limit your hot chocolate to the beverage? This no-bake treat gives you the same creamy taste your go-to hot cocoa has in cake form. It doesn't get any better than that.

Just when you thought polar bears couldn't be cuter, these cookies show off their holiday spirit dressed in festive sweaters.

Jazz up your hot chocolate with these peppermint snowman spoons.

Inspired by The Nutcracker, these fudge mice are both cute and tasty.

Sugar cookie dough, white chocolate, and cinnamon combine together in this dessert for the ultimate Christmas treat. Even better: they're bake-free!

Enjoy a slice of good ol' St. Nick cake to kick off the holiday season.

Spoiler alert: These sugary-sweet toppings are everything.

Normally we try our best to stay away from Scrooges, but here's one (delicious) exception.

These spiced cookies are a holiday classic and stacking them in the shape of a Christmas tree makes them that much more festive.

Create a Whoville of your own with these adorable sugar cookie doors and coconut-covered cupcakes that taste like a winter dream.

This adorable craft does double duty as a festive holiday dessert.

Use a toothpick dipped into melted dark chocolate and orange candy melts to dab on eyes, a mouth, and, of course, a carrot nose. Serve in your favorite hot chocolate and drink quickly before they melt!

Transform the creamy holiday beverage into bite-sized sweets.

Turn your favorite sugar cookie dough into sweet angels. After making, rolling, and cutting out angel-shaped cookies, use a straw to punch out a small hole in each arm before baking. Once cool, decorate with royal icing and let dry, then string together with ribbon for the perfect edible decoration.

These simple, chewy, and chocolatey little cookies are supremely satisfying.

Bake this cake days before brunch for a stress-free sweet.

This pretty-as-a-picture dessert uses lots of individual treats, like cupcakes and cut-out cookies, to create one temptingly sweet holiday masterpiece.

Tiny, candy evergreens are the perfect toppers for these festive cupcakes.

This red and white cake is the perfect dessert to finish off Christmas Day with.

Move over, peppermint bark &mdash this jolly spin has almost 30 whole Oreos inside.

Hang up these treats as decoration . if you can resist nibbling them first.

These cute cookies are the best way to spread Christmas cheer.

These cookie presents are the sweetest gifts you can give.

These cuties are as fun to make as a gingerbread house is, and they taste great!

Stuff your stockings with this tasty and festive holiday chocolate bark.

Marshmallows aren't just for s'mores: These peppermint versions make perfect stocking stuffers.

Decked with glitter and iced snowflakes, these sprightly cupcakes are a sweet way to celebrate the holidays.

Turn this year's Christmas cookies into everyone's new favorite lollipop.

Strike gold this holiday season with these honey glazed nibbles.

These delicious chocolate "chimneys" have a sweet and fruity Santa hat peeking through.

Get creative this winter with sweet snowmen cupcakes to end your holiday meal. Hidden underneath the fluffy frosting lays a gingerbread cupcake waiting to be eaten!

Cheddar cheese gives these adorable holiday tarts an unexpected burst of savory flavor.

Chocolate and peppermint is a classic holiday combination, and when paired together in this rich cake, they make a delectably festive dessert.

These little fudge cups are a great sweet treat for the kids between meals or a nice addition to a homemade holiday gift.

Serve guests a piece of seasonal coffee cake and a steaming hot cup of coffee for dessert or breakfast on Christmas morning.

Made with only five ingredients, this luscious chocolate-almond torte is rich and elegant yet simple to make.

If you don't feel like eating peppermints, turn them into super cute and easy ornaments. Of course, if you do want to eat them, have at it!

These tiny treats are great for munching on or passing out as gifts to party guests, hosts, coworkers, and neighbors during the holiday season.

Get creative this holiday season with these adorable and edible wreaths that can be served for dessert and used as delectable decorations.

Give your Christmas party a French twist with this light and decadent Napoleon recipe.

Whether you're adding a scoop into your hot chocolate or devouring a bowl, this peppermint bark ice cream will satisfy your sweet tooth.

These cookies will melt in your mouth &mdash just make sure the kids step back when you use a kitchen torch to caramelize the sugar on top.

Watch your favorite mint candies transform into a delicious treat with this cake, which features a peppermint buttercream filling.

Instead of drinking your eggnog this year, dip gingerbread cookies into an eggnog-based cheesecake dip.

Who says dips should only be reserved for appetizers? This minty sweet one perfectly complements graham crackers, vanilla wafers, Oreos, and Milano cookies.

Think back to those vintage ceramic trees that used to be everywhere, now look at this cake. Don't you see the resemblance? Pay homage to Christmases past with this gorgeous cake.

These delicious truffles double as a perfect last-minute gift for your loved ones and make for a fun activity for the whole family.

Craft Tootsie Rolls into miniature pinecones for an elegant, edible wreath guests won't soon forget.

You'll feel like you're in Candy Cane Land when you display this magical Candy Cane Forest Cake on your dessert table.

Combine mincemeat, Granny Smith apples, and sugar for a delightfully golden mince pie.

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All the Sweet Treats You Need to Indulge In This Holiday Season

As you shuttle from at-work celebrations to cocktail parties and host casual family gatherings and the elegant Christmas Eve feast alike, there's no shortage of opportunities to indulge in your favorite fare during the holidays. But perhaps the best, most-decadent dishes come not from the savory buffet, but rather from the dessert table, in the form of decadent cakes, cookies, trifles and fudge. Check out Food Network's favorite holiday desserts below, each a wow-worthy pick sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Bobby Flay celebrates the beloved flavor combo of gingerbread and lemon in his layered trifle, featuring a crimson-colored blackberry sauce, which he whirls in the blender for smooth results. Follow Bobby's lead and save time in the kitchen by opting for store-bought lemon curd it brightens up the fluffy whipped cream layers in his big-batch dessert.

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It's all about the brandy-spiked toffee sauce in Anne Burrell's easy-to-make recipe. This buttery concoction seeps into her cinnamon-laced cake and infuses it with bold flavor from the inside out.

HOLIDAY CUPCAKES Sandra Lee SemiHomemade Cooking/Merry Munchies Christmas Food Network Box White Cake Mix, Peppermint Extract, White Cranberry Juice, White Icing, Royal Icing, Blue Colored Candy Canes, Marshmallows, Pretzels, Cake Decorating Dots, Orange Jelly Slices, Yogurt Covered Pretzels, Blue Candy Covered Chocolates or Blue Jelly Beans, Fruit RollUps, Red Gum Drops, Eggs, Lemon Juice, Confectioners’ Sugar, Food Coloring,HOLIDAY CUPCAKES Sandra Lee SemiHomemade Cooking/Merry Munchies Christmas Food Network Box White Cake Mix, Peppermint Extract, White Cranberry Juice, White Icing, Royal Icing, Blue Colored Candy Canes, Marshmallows, Pretzels, Cake Decorating Dots, Orange Jelly Slices, Yogurt Covered Pretzels, Blue Candy Covered Chocolates or Blue Jelly Beans, Fruit RollUps, Red Gum Drops, Eggs, Lemon Juice, Confectioners’ Sugar, Food Coloring

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Decked out in snowman, reindeer and holiday cup configurations, these colorful cupcakes come together easily with the help of white cake mix and ready-to-go containers of icing. Even if your finished products don't turn out as neatly adorned as the ones in the picture, you can be sure that they'll still taste every bit as sweet.

Crepe Party Dessert

Dessert with a fruit filling next to a side of cream on a gold and white plate

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Food - Jamie Kimm Prop - Marcus Hay

Featured in Food Network Magazine, these top-rated, individual-serving tarts boast a nutty taste, thanks to their brown butter base. Fill up the tart shells with fig jam, then bake them, and serve them alongside bourbon-poached figs for over-the-top richness.

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"We married the richness of cheesecake with the refreshing minty chocolate of grasshopper pie," note the chefs in Food Network Kitchen. These chilled bites feature a buttery chocolate cookie base, plus a smooth chocolate-cream cheese filling and a mint-laced topping.

CANDY CANE COOKIES Sandra Lee SemiHomemade Cooking/Christmas Food Network Box Sugar Cookie Mix, Butter, Egg, Cream Cheese, Allpurpose Flour, Red Food Coloring, Peppermint Extract

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Thanks to store-bought sugar cookie mix, it's a cinch to prepare these almost-too-cute-to-eat cookies. All it takes to achieve the peppermint swirl effect is twisting two ropes of dough — one tinted red — together and bending into a cane shape.


Apple Sausage Stuffing

Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

We love stuffing when it makes an appearance at Thanksgiving, but you might not feel up for another round of the classic bread side during your holiday festivities. Don't feel like you have to accept the same old stuffing! This apple sausage version dishes out a hearty side to keep you stuffed, and the combo of apple and sausage has graced Christmas tables for generations. See what the fuss is about and tap into some deep seasonal roots with this new classic.

Get our recipe for Apple Sausage Stuffing.


8 Christmas Dessert Recipes With a Taste of Italy

We are so excited about the upcoming holiday season we wanted to share some of our favorite Italian Christmas dessert recipes. These classic desserts are so delicious they'll be a great addition to your holiday celebration.

Take a trip around Italy with some traditional favourites. For starters, you can make the quintessential Italian Christmas treat of Milanese panettone or the Tuscan fruit-and-nut laden panforte.

Head to Southern Italy for decadent struffoli and ricotta fritters. Or stick with some classic crowd pleasers like jewelled semifreddo, hazelnut chocolate cake or a chef touch tiramisu.

The best part? They'll be made from scratch.


Our Official List of the Best Food Network Kitchen Desserts

Baking is an exact science. So, when it comes to desserts there’s nothing more valuable than a collection of tried-and-true recipes. Ones you can count on. Ones that have been tested, re-tested and perfected — like these ones. That’s why we’re proud to call them our "Bests" — and share them with you.

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The Best Chocolate Mousse

The best chocolate mousse must be perfect. It should taste rich, indulgent and not too sweet, with a texture that is both light-and-airy and silky-and-smooth. After many attempts we nailed it and made a dessert that not only exceeded our standards, it's also quite easy to pull off. Close your eyes and take a bite &mdash you'll be transported to a 4-star French restaurant.

The Best Vanilla Cake

We love the light texture that cake flour gives baked goods, but we didn't want you to buy a whole box of it. So we used a cheat &mdash all-purpose flour mixed with cornstarch. Cornstarch blocks the formation of gluten in the flour and makes the cake airy and tender. We also added 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil, an old baker's trick, to ensure that the cake stays moist. The heavy cream keeps the frosting light and fluffy.

The Best Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

We skipped the white sugar and went all in with dark brown sugar, which gives our cookies the ideal chewiness and perfect level of sweetness. Paired with the right amount of semisweet chocolate chips, this treat is a definite winner. The recipe makes a lot of cookies, but in our opinion, this is never a problem!

The Best Lemon Meringue Pie

It's the stuff of dreams: a classic sweet and tart dessert with a foolproof meringue topping that won't weep! We use mostly butter in our from-scratch pie dough, but add a little vegetable shortening as well &mdash we found that this combination creates a crust that is both tender and flaky.

The Best Classic Strawberry Shortcake

For our simple and iconic shortcake, we discovered a great double-stacking technique that creates super light and high biscuits that are easy to split. This makes them easy to fill without crumbling. A simple recipe like this one allows its ingredients to shine, so use the very best berries you can find.

The Best Creme Brulee

We wanted a rich and creamy custard that wasn't too sweet, so we could fully enjoy the signature crunchy layer of caramelized sugar on top. By only using egg yolks, we achieved a soft and creamy texture. We tried using milk and half-and-half but, in the end, we landed with heavy cream for its richness. Whole vanilla beans give a more intense, pure vanilla flavor that you can't get from extract. We also like seeing the vanilla seeds flecked throughout the custard.

The Best Coconut Layer Cake

Can something be impossibly light while also being incredibly rich and decadent? Apparently so. This coconut cake is majestic in its height and a beauty &mdash a flurry of tangy frosting, sweet shredded coconut and tender cake. It will truly put all other coconut cakes to shame. The bar has now been set.

The Best Lemon Bars

It's tough to top a classic lemon bar, but we've done it! We kept the tender, buttery crust and bright filling of the original, and made a few improvements. For our luscious lemon layer, we employed a unique double-cooking method. Simmering first on the stovetop like lemon curd allows us to add butter, which balances the tart and sweet elements and adds a richer, smoother texture.

The Best Tiramisu

Making this classic Italian dessert is surprisingly easy. We start the custard with a traditional Marsala-flavored zabaglione &mdash a cooked mixture of egg yolks and sugar. Then we lighten it with tangy mascarpone cheese, which provides just the right creamy, mousse-like texture. Once assembled, the ladyfingers soften sufficiently after 4 hours in the refrigerator, but if you can wait longer, the flavors will meld even more .

The Best Cheesecake

We&rsquove created the cheesecake of your dreams &mdash rich, dense and creamy with a buttery, not-too-sweet graham cracker crust. Easy-to-follow instructions ensure a smooth, crack -free top every time.

The Best Fudgy Brownies

We've created the perfect brownie by employing a few tips and tricks. Using both semisweet chocolate and cocoa powder gives us the deep and complex chocolate flavor we crave. Cooking the butter until golden brown adds a toasted nuttiness, while the pop of cream provides luscious texture.

The Best Banana Pudding

This creamy banana dessert is our very favorite version, piled high with layers of just-ripe bananas, rich vanilla pudding and tender cookies. We used vanilla bean paste instead of extract in our homemade filling for a bold flavor boost and topped the pudding with swirls of freshly whipped cream. When it all comes together, it's dreamy, luscious and feeds a crowd!

The Best Peanut Brittle

This sweet and salty peanut brittle has the perfect crunch and sheen. With a little patience, you'll have a delicious brittle to serve to party guests or as an edible gift around the holidays.

The Best Sugar Cookies for Decorating

Our sugar dough is easy to roll and cut into all shapes and sizes. The cookies hold their shape during baking and come out firm and strong, perfect for decorating. We made them with a little less sugar, so feel free to load on the icing and sprinkles. Their buttery crispness will still come through.

The Best Apple Pie

We love using a variety of apples in our pie it adds both flavor and texture and makes every bite a little different. Vodka in the pie crust makes the dough easier to work with, and since the alcohol burns off during baking, it doesn't impart any flavor. But feel free to use bourbon or apple brandy instead to complement the filling.

The Best Butter Cookies

Your search is over &mdash this perfect butter cookie will stay in your recipe box for years. It's crisp, yet tender and perfect for tea for two or cookies for someone special. Plus, you have the choice to make drop cookies or a slice-and-bake version!

The Best Peach Cobbler

In our classic southern-style peach cobbler, we layer the fruit on top of the batter before baking. In the oven, the sweet batter rises through the peaches, creating a light and airy cake-like topping. We left the peaches unpeeled, which adds a nice color and makes the recipe even easier. Serve it with vanilla ice cream for the perfect summer dessert.

The Best Peanut Butter Cookies

We wanted a super peanut buttery treat but found that store-bought peanut butter made the cookies a bit gummy when we used more than 1 cup. So we ground roasted peanuts ourselves and added that to the batter for an additional boost of flavor. Honey and melted butter add richness and create a soft and chewy cookie with an irresistible crackled exterior. We topped the dough balls with raw sugar for extra crunch and a hit of sweetness that balances the salt of the peanuts.

The Best Chocolate Lava Cakes

Go ahead and indulge in these perfectly rich and dreamy chocolate lava cakes! Bittersweet chocolate and espresso powder create a luscious and balanced batter that stays molten in the center during baking.

The Best No-Bake Cheesecake

Who doesn't love a dessert that can be made without turning on the oven? This no-bake cheesecake is light and fluffy, thanks to the whipped cream that gets folded into the cream-cheese mixture. Have no fear &mdash it will have the signature creamy, tangy flavor of the classic.

The Best Chocolate Cupcakes

The only chocolate cupcake recipe you'll ever need. We love these for the deep rich chocolate flavor and their moist and springy interiors. It's the perfect cake base for any frosting.

The Best Banana Cake

This banana cake is delectably moist, perfectly sweet and easy to make. Dark brown sugar and sour cream add depth to the batter, and we added melted butter instead of vegetable oil for a flavor boost. Fluffy cream cheese frosting and swirls of dulce de leche will make you go back for seconds. We also upped the ante by using bananas in two ways &mdash fresh bananas are mixed into the cake while maple-candied banana chips create a crunchy topping.

The Best Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Do you like chewy cookies? Or do you prefer cakey ones? Our oatmeal-raisin cookies can be both! For a chewy cookie, bake them right away. For a cakey cookie, let the dough rest in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours (or overnight works even better) to allow the oatmeal to hydrate.

The Best Bread Pudding

Toasting the challah adds flavor, but more importantly, it helps the cubes to soak up and hold onto more of the deliciously rich custard. And if that wasn&rsquot enough, we use not 1 but 2 vanilla beans to amp up the custard &mdash plain old extract just doesn&rsquot do it justice.

The Best Carrot Cake

Our classic carrot cake is nicely spiced with cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg and has toasted pecans both in the cake and on top. Plumped golden raisins and a full pound of carrots make it nice and moist while buttermilk lends tang and tenderness. Our homemade cream-cheese frosting has just the right amount of sweetness.

The Best M&M Cookies

We took our favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe and increased the brown sugar to make these cookies extra moist and chewy. Then we super-sized them &mdash the better to get in more of our favorite candy-coated chocolates. Save some extra candy for topping each cookie before baking. The result, cookies that look just as good as they taste!

The Best Vanilla Cupcakes

These vanilla cupcakes taste as delicious as they look (which is often not the case when it comes to vanilla cupcakes!). Mixing flour with cornstarch gives the cake a light and airy texture that stays perfectly moist with a bit of added vegetable oil. Each cupcake is topped with a swirl of creamy, fluffy vanilla buttercream that&rsquos super easy to make.

The Best Crepes

Our classic crepe is versatile enough to go sweet or savory, just omit the vanilla if going the savory route. The rest time here is key the flour absorbs the milk as it sits giving you a more tender crepe and golden color.

The Best Angel Food Cake

Even though there are just a few ingredients in this simple cake, there are also a few techniques that will make or break it. First, be sure to use the correct pan &mdash an angel food cake pan &mdash and do not grease it. Additionally, superfine sugar, sifted cake flour and perfectly whipped egg whites are key components that set you up for success &mdash and set this cake apart from the rest.

The Best Key Lime Pie

A Floridian classic, this bright, creamy and tart dessert is so simple to make it will become a regular at your summer get togethers. Key lime juice is the star of this pie, adding a slightly more floral note than regular limes. But not to worry if you can't find fresh Key limes or the bottled juice &mdash you can use standard limes with equally delicious results.

The Best New York-Style Cheesecake

This cheesecake replicates all the iconic slices we have enjoyed in the Big Apple, with a dense, creamy texture and that familiar lemony tang paired with plenty of graham-cracker crust. Now you can make New York-Style Cheesecake at home and save yourself a ticket to the city.

The Best Peanut Butter Blossoms

If you're a peanut butter lover then these chewy cookies with a warm, gooey chocolate center will be sure to satisfy. This recipe makes about 4 dozen, so it's perfect for any holiday or big-batch baking.

The Best Chocolate Cake

This is not your everyday chocolate cake. It's a showstopper &mdash very tall and much more of a bakery-style cake than a cake from a box. The frosting has both melted chocolate for smoothness and cocoa for depth of flavor.

The Best Coconut Cream Pie

This old-fashioned pie is filled with rich, creamy custard, then capped with a cloud of toasted meringue and a generous sprinkling of sweet coconut flakes. It tastes as if you pulled it straight from the dessert case of your favorite diner, only better.

The Best Apple Crisp

If you just went apple picking, here's the perfect recipe to enjoy the fruits of your labor. We've included two varieties of fresh apples, plus warm spices and tangy cider. The sweet, buttery crumble topping is flavored with brown sugar and studded with nutty pecans for the ultimate easy apple dessert.

The Best Pumpkin Pie

Instead of store-bought pumpkin pie spice, we like using ground cinnamon and nutmeg so we can control of the ratio between the two, opting for a healthy amount of nutmeg as it brings out the flavors in the pumpkin.

The Best Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies

These cookies are inspired by the thin and crispy style made popular by the Long Island bakery Tate's Bake Shop. In our version, we've upped the brown sugar, vanilla and chocolate chips for an even more flavorful and decadent treat.

The Best Pecan Pie

This pie delivers plenty of classic flavors like brown sugar, vanilla and toasted nuts. We found that bourbon made a welcome addition. The alcohol bakes off leaving behind irresistible notes of smoke and caramel. Our all-butter crust perfectly balances the sweetness of the filling.

The Best Gingerbread Cookies

Here's the perfect holiday cookie recipe for cut-outs and decorating. The balanced blend of warm spices and molasses adds just the right amount of seasonal flavor. A combination of butter and shortening creates a dough that rolls out easily and holds it shape during baking.

The Best Pumpkin Cheesecake

There's no better way to celebrate pumpkin-spice season! With swirls of pumpkin filling, caramel and a gingersnap crust, this autumnal cheesecake is a delight. We start by whipping up a classic cheesecake batter, then add pumpkin and warm spices to half the batch. Both are used to create a unique bullseye pattern. Nutty spiced seeds add crunch. Make sure all the ingredients are at room temperature -- this ensures that the cheesecake is smooth and creamy.

The Best Fruitcake

Fruitcakes have become the punchline of many a holiday joke, but this recipe will give the notorious seasonal gift a whole new reputation. Filled with loads of real dried fruit and nuts along with brandy, warm spices and citrus, this cake tastes like the holidays. The recipe makes two loaves so you can gift one.