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Easy Holiday Dessert Recipes: Fudge, Fruity Delights, and Surprises

Updated on March 15, 2011

The holiday season is the perfect time to experiment with new dessert recipes. Whether you're planning a holiday party, looking for a dish to take to a potluck dinner or office party, or cooking a holiday feast for your entire family, holiday dessert recipes are sure to be a hit.

There are many different types of recipes, from baked goods to candies, to fluffy treats and old fashioned gelatin molds.

Easy Homemade Candy Recipe: Fridge Fudge


  • 1 can evaporated milk (13 ounces)
  • 4 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 3 packages of chocolate morsels or chips (6 ounce packs; 18 ounces total)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract

Preparation Instructions:

Mix the milk and sugar together in a medium saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil very slowly and continue to boil for ten minutes, stirring constantly. Pour the milk and sugar blend over the butter and chocolate chips, beating until well blended. Pour into a 9X 13 casserole dish that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray and refrigerate until solid, approximately 4 - 6 hours.

Easy Peanut Butter Fudge


  • 1 can evaporated milk (13 ounces)
  • 5 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 cups peanut butter
  • 1 7-ounce jar marshmallow creme
  • 1 stick butter

Preparation Instructions:

Mix the milk and sugar together in a medium saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil very slowly and continue to boil for eleven minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and add the other ingredients to the sauce pan. Mix well to combine all ingredients. Spray a 9 X 13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray and pour mixture into pan. Refrigerate until solid, approximately 4 - 6 hours.

Delicious Fruit Holiday Dessert Recipes:

See these hubs for great ideas on chilled and frozen fruit dessert recipes, many of which can serve double duty as first courses for a holiday feast.

Fruit Salad Recipes

Old Fashioned Gelatin Salad Recipes

Strawberry and Whipped Cream Recipes

Mango Dessert Recipes

Gelato Dessert Recipes

Pre-Made Holiday Dessert Ideas

I enjoy making candy, refrigerator desserts, and even cookies from scratch. But, when it comes to bake goods, I frequently purchase pre-made treats.

If you prefer not to make your own desserts, or if you want to serve a dessert recipe that you aren't ready to tackle on your own, check with your local bakery or try one of these gourmet delights:


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