These best Christmas desserts are our fave finishes to that spectacular holiday meal. Although it may pose the most difficult decision of the day–eggnog pie or gingerbread cheesecake? (Go on, have both. It’s Christmas.)
Christmas Tree of Cookies
Holiday diet tactic #142: This stunning cookie tree. Because it sorta makes it harder to demolish a half batch of cookies when doing so would demolish the Christmas tree.
Brown Betty Bakery Coconut Cake
Dubbed Company's Comin' Coconut Cake, this beauty of a pound cake will have you dreaming up excuses to bake dessert. Even if for no other reason than you want it.
Essentially a slightly tipsy cheesecake, this bourbon-enhanced eggnog pie is something we're classifying as "holiday desserts for parties where people like to party."
Vanilla Angel Food Cake
All the delicate loveliness of classic angel food cake but made even better with the addition of pure vanilla and a blizzard of confectioners' sugar.
Portuguese Orange Olive Oil Cake
This classic Portuguese dessert with its tender crumb and citrus smack tastes as stunning as it looks. Swear.
Viennese Crescent Cookies
A holiday cookie if we ever saw one! So buttery, so nutty, so delicate, so mind-bendingly charming, these traditional Viennese cookies rival the city's fancier pastries as our fave.
This gingerbread cheesecake tastes like the classic Christmas spices of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and clove in each and every bite of this simple yet stunning dessert.
White Cake with Cranberries and White Chocolate Buttercream
A festive delight with layers of tender cake, lush buttercream, and cranberry jam. Topped with sugared cranberries, it's gorgeous, too.
Salted Caramel Tart
A ridiculously creamy--and relatively simple--homemade caramel filling graces this properly flaky pastry. Salted butter--lots of it--lends this dessert just the right amount of indulgence.
German Chocolate Cake
Dark chocolate cake stacked high and smothered with gooey caramel and coconut and pecans? Don't mind if we do.
Gingerbread Bundt Cake
This gingerbread Bundt cake has all the warm spicy goodness of gingerbread cookies. And, as if that wasn't enough, it's gilded with a sassy sweet-tart citrus glaze.
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