Easy Dessert Recipes for the Holidays

The holidays are here and there's so much to do.  I am one of those people who hate spending too much time in the kitchen.  Here are three dessert recipes that save you time but don't sacrifice taste. Not only are they delicious but they are easy to make.

EZ Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

All you need to make the cupcakes is a box of spiced cake mix, whether you use Betty Crocker, Duncan Hines or any brand as long as it's a spiced cake mix. Combine the dry spiced cake mix with one can of pumpkin puree, and mix together. Then pour the batter into individual cupcake liners and bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes until the toothpick comes out clean. Cool the cupcakes. Once it's cooled, top it with whipped cream and voila, delicious and easy to make cupcakes.

EZ Pudding Cake

This cake requires no baking. Seriously. You just put the ingredients together, freeze, then eat.


  • 2 (3.5 ounce) packages instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 (16 ounce) package graham cracker squares
  • 1 (16 ounce) package prepared chocolate frosting


  1. Blend the pudding mix, milk, and whipped topping
  2. Take a 12 x 9 inch baking pan and line it with graham crackers. Spread half of the pudding over the graham crackers. Put a second layer of graham crackers on top of the pudding and spread the remaining pudding over the second layer of graham crackers. Then top the second layer of pudding with the rest of the graham crackers. Take the chocolate frosting and melt in the microwave for 30-60 seconds and pour over the graph crackers to cover the top and sides.
  3. Chill the pudding cake for at least four hours then serve.


Pecan Pie Truffles
Pecan Pie Truffles

Pecan Pie Truffles

These Pecan Pie Truffles are surprisingly easy to make and give you a surprising kick because of the bourbon which is included in the recipe. I found this recipe from a New York Times series from the Well blog which is about vegetarian recipes.


  • 2 1/2 cups pecans, toasted and finely chopped
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 7 ounces dark chocolate


  1. Mix the following dry ingredients together in a bowl: pecans, graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar, and salt.
  2. Pour in the maple syrup, bourbon, and vanilla and stir thoroughly, Use your hands if the ingredients become too stiff to stir so that everything is mixed in well.
  3. Make 25 balls out of the mixture, roughly 1 1/2 inches in diameter, and put on a cookie sheet. Freeze for two hours.
  4. Melt the dark chocolate. Some people prefer the old fashioned method in a double boiler, others want to nuke the chocolate in low temperature a little at time in a microwave. Use whichever way that you are comfortable with. You basically want to dip the frozen truffles into the melted chocolate and place it on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Let the chocolate balls cool and firm 15 minutes.


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nifty@50 5 years ago

That pecan pie truffle looks delicious, I must try the recipe!

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Flightkeeper 5 years ago from The East Coast Author

nifty, it's so easy and so tasty that's it's sinful!

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