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20 Best Holiday Desserts Ever

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Holidays mean desserts – here's a list of the most downright delicious.


Depending on where you’re currently located, the weather outside might be downright frightful.

Holiday times are looming just there on the horizon. Probably you’re supposed to get together and hang out with friends and family. This may or may not require shoveling and/or snow pants.

I know it can be hard to motivate yourself to get out there when the weather’s a little less than delightful. I find that sugar totally helps! Plus, you legit need energy to battle the frigid elements and to maintain a shiny, glossy mane (that thing about the mane might only slightly be based on science that I kinda vaguely recall or made up). 

Presumably, you’re going to be kickin’ it with people you like and want to impress. I’ve scoured all available resources, plumbed all the depths and looked real hard to create a list of crazy-good holiday themed treats that will knock off all the warm socks.


1. Red Velvet Cheesecake Mini Pies

Red Velvet Cheesecake Mini Pies

What could be better than festively colored cheesecake? Making ‘em mini! The tiniest of cheesecakes means that you can eat about thirty of them (before anyone notices) and no one will even judge you! Probably. Unless you eat all the mini cheesecake pies you brought for sharing; then there might a smidge of judgment.


2. Peppermint Mocha French Silk Pie

Peppermint Mocha French Silk Pie

Put a wintery spin on a classic French silk pie! Crushed peppermint candies, espresso instant coffee and semi-sweet chocolate cuddle up in a yummy and easily deployed Pillsbury™ refrigerated pie crust.

3. Peppermint Marshmallow Cake

Peppermint Marshmallow Cake

Betty Crocker SuperMoist Chocolate Fudge Cake and White Cake are the delicious foundation for all the pepperminty, marshmallowy goodness you can handle. Plus, it looks all kindsa fancible.


4. Fudgy Peppermint Truffle Chocolate Cake

Fudgy Peppermint Truffle Chocolate Cake

What’s that you say, devil's food cake mix plus chocolate pudding in a circular shape? Yes please, I will have all the pieces.


5. Double Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake

Double Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake

The only thing better than chocolate is double chocolate. Trust me, I was almost in MENSA. Seriously, just take a look at this grandiose and delicious dessert – it’s got ganache for goodness sakes!


6. Pumpkin Spice Latte Pie

Pumpkin Spice Latte Pie

Oh ho ho, you thought you had escaped the delicious clutches of pumpkin spice season, didn’t you? Little did you know there’s no need to be free! Just take a gander at this yummy pie; its got a latte flavor to please your palate (ba-dum bum!).


7. Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Tart

Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Tart

I know, I know! I’m really pushing the cheesecake agenda. But behold fair reader, this one is different – it’s a tart! That sugar cookies crust made from Pillsbury™ refrigerated peppermint sugar cookies means this tasty treat is mega-easy to make.

8. Eggnog Tres Leches Cake

Eggnog Tres Leches Cake

Tres leches is Spanish for “Three Cows fought for the honor of making all of the forms of dairy that go into this cake.” It’s more of a poetic interpretation than literal. But let’s focus on what’s important! This sporting cake flamboyantly showcases several marvelous dairy ingredients and drives home its holiday message with joyous eggnog flavor.


9. Muddy Buddies Hazelnut Peppermint Pops

Muddy Buddies Hazelnut Peppermint Pops

I think living in Minnesota is finally starting to rub off on me. Well, the State Fair is, anyway. I can offer no other explanation for the giddy charm I felt when I happened upon these simple yet tasty treats on sticks!  


10. Holiday Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle

Holiday Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle

Nothing says you’re serious about the holidizzle dessert game than layers. I know this looks next level, but just follow this recipe and you’ll be whipping up something fancy for sure!


11. Pink Peppermint Whoopie Pies

Pink Peppermint Whoopie Pies

My body is ready... to eat so many of these. Just take a moment to gaze upon this ooey-gooey, chocolatey cookie-ness cozied right up alongside marshmallow fluff – only further emboldened by bright, pepperminty crushed candies. Wow.


12. White Chocolate Peppermint Napoleons

White Chocolate Peppermint Napoleons

What the heck is a Napoleon? I don’t think it’s a diminutive Frenchman bent on taking over Europe – there’s far too much puff pastry involved, you see. But I do think that not enough of my life has been spent eating them.


13. Peppermint Hot Cocoa Cookies

Peppermint Hot Cocoa Cookies

You’ve got a limited number of extremities with which to juggle life choices, holiday shopping, chores – you can’t be expected to hold a hot cocoa and cookies too! Luckily this recipe combines some of your favorite holiday items into a singularly tasty cookie!


14. Vanilla Peppermint Fudge

Vanilla Peppermint Fudge

It’s so pretty! Never before have I seen such a lovely little fudgy morsel. I would totally eat an entire container of this.


15. Gluten Free Peppermint Brownies

Gluten Free Peppermint Brownies

These rich, chocolatey brownies capture that crisp peppermint flavor of the season, and they’re gluten free for all to enjoy!


16. Peppermint Layer Cake

Peppermint Layer Cake

Betty Crocker™ SuperMoist™ white cake mix and Betty Crocker™ whipped fluffy white frosting are the canvas on which you shall paint your pepperminty masterpiece. And then you get to eat it.


17. Peppermint Crescents

Peppermint Crescents

What are these delicious little moon shaped things? Will they go great in your coffee, hot cocoa or directly in your face? Why, yes!


18. White Chocolate Macaroon Cookies

White Chocolate Macaroon Cookies

White like the winter wonderland potentially trapping you indoors for several hours, but way more delicious. Featuring Betty Crocker™ sugar cookie mix for exceptional ease in both the making and eating.


19. Candy Cane Peppermint Brownie

Candy Cane Peppermint Brownie

I’m not lying to you when I say any time is the right time for ice cream cake. And when you present it in this magical candy cane formation you’ll win the hearts and minds of all whose eyes fall upon it.


20. Chocolate Peppermint Poke Cake

Chocolate Peppermint Poke Cake

Admittedly I clicked on this link because what’s a poke cake? Apparently you jab the cake repeatedly to encourage it to be its most delicious.  Okay, so there might be a little more involved. Regardless, I can totally get behind that sort of motivational method!

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