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Holiday Food Guide: Delightful Desserts

Updated on May 20, 2012

It’s that time of year again. Yes, we’re talking about Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years Eve, Kwanza, Hanukkah and every other holiday that lies within these special few months; it’s the Holiday season! Are you ready for family overload, over-crowded malls, wrapping paper and tape galore, and maybe even a blizzard? While the Holiday season may be stressful at times, it’s definitely “the most wonderful time of the year” when it comes to food.

The Holidays seem to have become centered around “the two F’s”; family and food, of course. Whether you’re hosting a large soiree, attending a local cookie swap, or cooking a quaint meal for your family of two, you’re bound to taste some of those stereotypical dinners and desserts of the glorious holiday season. Don’t worry about splurging when it comes to food for this year’s winter break vacation, just be sure to ask Santa for a variety of the perfect one piece swimsuits; body contouring and draped designs will glamorously hide any unwanted holiday weight. We’re rounding up the top desserts with a variety of classics, new comers, and those irresistible indulgences.


Peppermint Brownie Pie

Can’t decide between your favorite holiday flavors? No need! Try this three-in-one dessert combining your favorite Christmas candy canes, Thanksgivings pies, and the all year round brownie. It’s simple as pie and takes less than an hour of baking time. A unique mixture of two distinctly different flavors that will make you think twice about what you thought to be the norm.


A classic treat for any time of year, this dessert can be extremely simple to make. It’s a great recipe to have the kids join in and learn the basics of baking. With such a variety of alterations, you can truly make this dessert a one of a kind flavor as a family specialty by mixing and blending everyone’s favorites. Try adding peppermint or dried cranberries for a festive touch.


Holiday Seven-Layer Bars

A traditional holiday specialty, this dessert has a little bit of everything: chocolate, nuts, coconut, caramel, and even dried fruit. Have fun with this recipe by creating your own variation. Try layering the flavors in a particular order to create a storybook of flavors.

Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes

Don’t let their tiny size fool you, these mini cakes aren’t for the faint of heart and are full of chocolate flavor. A slightly advanced recipe for the somewhat experienced baker, this recipe takes technique and a relatively short amount of time. Sprinkle these with confectioners’ sugar for the perfect snowy white look.


Ginger-Cinnamon Apple Crisp

During the holiday season, whether you’re under a pile of snow or not, everyone searches to warm up. This dessert is the perfect mixture of warm and cold with crisp warm apples and cool vanilla ice cream, all with a ginger and cinnamon touch. This dessert has the perfect mixture of walnuts and pecans for your holiday crunch.


Peppermint Hot Fudge Sundaes

A delicious treat for the kid at heart, this dessert combines the classic hot fudge sundae with the crunch of peppermint. A perfect choice for a kids party or any large gathering, by creating a topping bar each guest can create their own unique dessert. Pick nuts, sprinkles, chocolate chips, caramel sauce, toffee morsels and more for your dessert toppings.


Coconut Angel Food Cake

Not a fan of chocolate and looking to escape the dreaded fruit tart? Try this simple dessert of light angel food cake. Topped with coconut shavings for a bit of flavor, this cake looks the part of a winter wonderland. Garnish the cake with an angel lollipop to create an eye-catcher for any holiday soiree.

Peppermint Semifreddo

If you’re looking for something different this year, try this Italian dessert. Don’t let the mug fool you, this isn’t your average cup of joe, actually it’s not a cup of joe at all. This dessert is chilled and light as air. Made of sweet whipped cream and peppermint flavoring from liquer and bits of candy, this choice is simply fun.


Peanut Brittle

Who doesn’t love a little candy during the holiday season? Peanut brittle is a classic candy that’s even fun to make. It’s best to make this treat on a dry day since foods with high sugar contents draw moisture. Try mixing in your own variety of nuts or dried fruit to make a spectacular and unique brittle.


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    • RVDaniels profile image

      RVDaniels 6 years ago from Athens, GA

      Looks tasty-how about bourbon pecan pie with creme fraiche?

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      Farmer Brown 6 years ago

      Love that coconut angel food cake!