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 CookiesHoliday 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 CakeDubbed 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.
Eggnog PieEssentially a slightly tipsy cheesecake, this bourbon-enhanced eggnog pie is something we're classifying as "holiday desserts for parties where people like to party."
Chocolate Tart with Pine NutsWe don't know Italian, but we're pretty certain this tart, with its molten filling and brownie crust, translates to "Damn good!"
Vanilla Angel Food CakeAll 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 CakeThis classic Portuguese dessert with its tender crumb and citrus smack tastes as stunning as it looks. Swear.
Viennese Crescent CookiesA 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.
Gingerbread CheesecakeThis 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.
Salted Caramel TartA 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 decadence.
German Chocolate CakeDark chocolate cake stacked high and smothered with gooey caramel and coconut and pecans. Don't mind if we do.
Glazed Pumpkin Pound CakeIf you've been thinking maybe you're done with pumpkin everything, wait'll you experience this aromatic pound cake that boasts the perfect balance of sweet and spice.
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