There are a lot of things we love about the holidays, but Christmas treats definitely top the list.
However, sometimes it’s easy to get stuck in a Christmas cookie rut. You know, when you make the same treats year after year. There’s nothing wrong with keeping up a tradition, but why not add a little wow factor to your dessert spread this season with some unexpected sweets?
We’ve rounded up a list of our 20 best holiday dessert recipes that are sure to add a new element to your table this year — we’re talking cherry-filled gingerbread tarts and a festive cream puff Christmas tree here. But don’t worry; we’ve included the trusty staples we all know and love — like cookies, cakes and pies.
Now your only problem will be picking which of these seasonal treats you want to make.
1. Gingerbread chocolate chip cookies
Everybody loves a chocolate chip cookie. This one gives the classic a holiday spin with the taste of gingerbread.
2. Stuffed and baked pear dumplings
Elegant baked pears can be stuffed with anything you like. They’re wrapped with premade dough and are deceptively simple to make.
3. Caramel apple pie
We’ve added depth and richness to ordinary apple pie by incorporating caramel into the filling. It will be a surefire hit at your holiday party.
4. Chocolate raisin apple pie
With the smooth appeal of cake and the crunchy appeal of pie, this is a tasty combination dreamed up in holiday heaven.
5. Spice cake with apple cider caramel sauce
Special is what you get when you mix a regular box mix with a homemade apple cider caramel sauce slathered on top of a Bundt cake.
Originally published December 2015. Updated December 2016.