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Simple Holiday Desserts

Updated on December 19, 2012

Quick and Easy Last Minute Holiday Desserts

So, you have the whole family coming over and you forgot to make dessert. Or you ran out of time. Or you just couldn't figure out what to make... Well, you came to the right place. I'll show you a few simple holiday dessert ideas so if you are running out of time, ambition or both you can whip something up in a jiff.

I came up with a few of these go to holiday recipes over the years because we usually either host the holidays at our place or I'm responsible for bringing the dessert if we don't. So, my pain will be your gain. And besides, after I write this I'll have all my go to easy holiday dessert recipes in one place.

I hope you enjoy them and feel free to post your simple holiday dessert recipes at the end of this lens. It'll be fun!

White Chocolate Trail Mix

Great as an "appetizer" at a party or for a work potluck

2 12 oz. bags white chocolate chips

1 lb. bag Christmas M & M's (plain work the best)

3 Cups Lightly salted peanuts

10 oz. bag Waffle style pretzels (pretzel stix just aren't as good as the waffle ones)

5 Cups Cheerios (plain)

2 Cups Chex Cereal (I prefer the corn Chex)

3 Tbsp. oil

Mix all dry ingredients in large bowl.

Melt chips with oil on the stove over low heat. Stir continuously or chocolate will burn. Once chocolate is completely melted pour over dry ingredients and mix in well.

Pour onto sheets of wax paper and allow to cool. Once cooled break into chunks and store in air tight container.

Beware this is addicting!!

Oreo Truffle Balls

My husband calls them "Little Balls of Heaven"

This recipe has become a holiday tradition in our house and it is super easy to make.

8oz. cream cheese softened (room temperature)

1 Pkg. Oreo Cookies (don't use the double stuffed ones, but if you want try the mint ones)

Dipping chocolate (Baker's has little tubs for dipping which are really convenient) You can use milk, dark, or white whichever you prefer.

Put Oreo cookies into a blender or food processor (I use my vitamix) and blend until you have a fine dust. I have found that if you do a 1/3 of the package at a time it works the best.

Mix oreos with cream cheese until well combined and refrigerate until firm.

Once oreo/cream cheese mixture is firm form small balls and roll them until nicely shaped and firm. I usually put them on wax paper and refrigerate again until firm. All the handling tends to warm them up and make them soft.

Follow directions for melting chocolate and then dip the oreo balls into the chocolate. Place back on wax paper to cool. Once cooled remove and store in an air tight container in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Strawberry Cheesecake Trifle

1 frozen pound cake (angel food cake works well too)

1-2 lbs. fresh strawberries (I usually use 2 lbs. you can never have too many strawberries in my opinion)

1 box sugar free, fat free cheesecake pudding mix

1 8oz. container cool whip

Cut pound cake into cubes

Slice strawberries

Prepare pudding mix according to directions on box

Begin with the pound cake as your bottom layer and follow with pudding then strawberries and cool whip, repeat until you end with strawberries and cool whip on the top. Ideally if you have a trifle bowl it works best so you can see the layers but honestly any bowl will work.

Death by Chocolate Trifle

1 Devil's Chocolate cake mix (you can also use a brownie mix but make sure it's family size)

1 box sugar free, fat free chocolate fudge pudding mix

1 8oz tub cool whip

1 bag of crushed Heath (you can find in the baking isle) or if you prefer you can crush your own.

Prepare cake mix or brownies according to directions on the box...allow to cool completely before cutting into cubes

Prepare pudding mix according to directions on the box

Begin with the cake or brownie as your base layer followed by pudding, cool whip and health...repeat making sure to end with cool whip and heath. Again a trifle bowl will show off the layers but really any bowl will work.

Trifle Bowl

I love this bowl...the base stores easily inside it and the lid is awesome for transporting or storing the remaining dessert if necessary. It can also be used as table centerpiece anytime of the year. When mine isn't in use during the holidays I put a candle and fresh cranberries inside it. It looks great on my dining room table.

Tupperware Storage Bowl

This bowl is great to have on fits the white chocolate trail mix perfectly but it is also great for large batches of potato salad or a fruit salad in the summer!

Have any simple holiday dessert recipes? Post them here...

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