Christmas Dessert Recipes

Creamy cheesecakes, decadent pies, moist cakes and mouthwatering cookies are among our best holiday dessert recipes. More ideas: http://www.midwestliving.com/food/holiday/30-best-holiday-dessert-recipes/
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White Chocolate-Gingerbread Trifle: The gingerbread in this trifle has dense texture and peppery ginger flavor. About two-thirds of the cake is used for the trifle. Save the rest for snacking or cut it into cubes to toast and serve with ice cream.

35 Best Holiday Desserts

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Red Velvet Cheesecake: Don't let the red color fool you: The flavor of this holiday dessert is all chocolate. Recipe: http://www.midwestliving.com/recipe/cheesecake/red-velvet-cheesecake

35 Best Holiday Desserts

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Fabulous Red Velvet Cake: We gussied up chocolate cake mix with sour cream and red food coloring for this festive cake. So easy! Recipe: http://www.midwestliving.com/recipe/chocolate-cakes/fabulous-red-velvet-cake

Fabulous Red Velvet Cake

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Triple Peanut Butter Streusel Bars: Dry-roasted peanuts, peanut butter-flavored pieces and peanut butter bring triple flavor to this make-ahead bar cookie. Recipe: http://www.midwestliving.com/recipe/bars/triple-peanut-butter-streusel-bars

35 Best Holiday Desserts

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Nutella Cherry Hazelnut Fudge: Chocolate-hazelnut spread (Nutella) gives this fudge a smooth texture and luscious nutty flavor. Recipe: http://www.midwestliving.com/recipe/nutella-cherry-hazelnut-fudge/

35 Best Holiday Desserts

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Peppermint Brownie Pie: This rich blend of two favorite holiday flavors—chocolate and mint—might start a new dessert tradition in your house. Recipe: http://www.midwestliving.com/recipe/pies/peppermint-brownie-pie

Peppermint Brownie Pie

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Holiday Seven-Layer Bars: Mixed dried fruit bits and candy-coated milk chocolate pieces are among the layers that make this bar cookie distinctive. Recipe: http://www.midwestliving.com/recipe/bars/holiday-seven-layer-bars

35 Best Holiday Desserts

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Oreo Truffles: These easy candies look elegant but are simple to make. Recipe: http://www.midwestliving.com/recipe/oreo-truffles/

35 Best Holiday Desserts

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Eggnog Cheesecake Bars: A spiced graham cracker crust and bourbon-infused egg nog filling give these simple bars a delicious holiday twist. Recipe: http://www.midwestliving.com/recipe/eggnog-cheesecake-bars/

35 Best Holiday Desserts

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Bet You Can't Eat Just One Sugar Cookies: Melt-in-your-mouth cookies come from the recipe file of a Missouri reader. Recipe: http://www.midwestliving.com/recipe/cookies/bet-you-cant-eat-just-one-sugar-cookies

Bet You Can't Eat Just One Sugar Cookies

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Raspberry Truffles: These five-ingredient truffles come together in a snap. Recipe: http://www.midwestliving.com/recipe/raspberry-truffles/

35 Best Holiday Desserts

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White Christmas Peppermint Layer Cake: Fanciful pink peppermint frosting and snowy cake layers will brighten any holiday party. Recipe: http://www.midwestliving.com/recipe/white-christmas-peppermint-layer-cake/

White Christmas Peppermint Layer Cake

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Orange-Ginger Cookie Sandwiches: A round cookie cutter with scalloped edges makes a nice shape for these cookies, but bell, tree or star cutters would also be good choices for the holidays. Recipe: http://www.midwestliving.com/recipe/cookies/orange-ginger-cookie-sandwiches

Orange-Ginger Cookie Sandwiches

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White Chocolate Christmas Fudge: This five-ingredient fudge is simplicity, squared: Just melt, stir, spread, cool and cut. Recipe: http://www.midwestliving.com/recipe/white-chocolate-christmas-fudge/

White Chocolate Christmas Fudge

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Four ingredients, endless shortbread possibilities: http://www.midwestliving.com/food/desserts/cookies/shortbread-cookies-12-ways/

Shortbread Cookies 12 Ways

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Triple-Almond Haystack Wreath - Be warned: The salty crunch of chow mein noodles makes this completely addictive. Recipe: http://www.midwestliving.com/recipe/triple-almond-haystack-wreath/

Triple-Almond Haystack Wreath

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Santa's Whiskers Cookies, a classic recipe that gets its color from red and green chopped cherries. Recipes: http://www.midwestliving.com/recipe/cookies/santas-whiskers/

Santa's Whiskers Cookies

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40 of our best Christmas cookies of all time: http://www.midwestliving.com/food/holiday/38-christmas-cookie-recipes-to-treasure/ #christmas #cookies #christmascookies

40 Christmas Cookie Recipes to Treasure

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Coffee Bean Meltaways: If you’ve ever made butter mints, you’ll recognize this no-cook powdered sugar mixture. Recipe: http://www.midwestliving.com/recipe/coffee-bean-meltaways/

Coffee Bean Meltaways

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Roasted Pears with Lemon Cream and Candied Pine Nuts: This grand finale of a dessert features maple-burnished pears, drifts of lemony whipped cream and a sprinkling of candied pine nuts. Recipe: http://www.midwestliving.com/recipe/roasted-pears-with-lemon-cream-and-candied-pine-nuts-1/

Roasted Pears with Lemon Cream and Candied Pine Nuts

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Golden Toffee Nuggets: Dipping toffee pieces halfway in chocolate is way tidier and easier than fully coating them—and the result is more striking, visually. Recipe: http://www.midwestliving.com/recipe/golden-toffee-nuggets/

Golden Toffee Nuggets

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Crispy Gingerbread - This festively spiced recipe (with a hint of orange zest) makes thin, crunchy cookies that work well for gingerbread houses, edible place cards and ornaments. Recipe: http://www.midwestliving.com/recipe/crispy-gingerbread/

Crispy Gingerbread

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Sea Salt Caramels: Caramels made in the microwave? Absolutely! And the only gear you need is a candy thermometer. Recipe: http://www.midwestliving.com/recipe/sea-salt-caramels/

Sea Salt Caramels

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The Girl Scout: Top chocolate bark candy with chopped chocolate-mint candy (such as Andes) and sandwich cookies (such as Oreos). More ideas for fun chocolate bark toppings: http://www.midwestliving.com/holidays/christmas/9-fun-ways-to-top-chocolate-bark-candy/

9 Fun Ways to Top Chocolate Bark Candy

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How to make a gorgeous "stained-glass" cookie: http://www.midwestliving.com/food/holiday/how-to-decorate-dazzling-cookies/?page=3

How to Decorate Dazzling Cookies

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