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Holiday Desserts

Updated on December 16, 2009

Choosing a Dessert

Sometimes it is a hard decision to know what dessert to have during a special holiday dinner. If you have more than one specialty, which one do you make?

Here are 4 desserts that I have used through the years, that have been successful.

Chocolate Trifle, Heavenly Hash, Pineapple Cake and "Date Dessert". (Nana usually makes the date dessert, but this year, she is only making her fruitcake)

Chocolate Trifle

A trifle is a dessert made from thick custard, fruit, sponge cake, fruit juice or gelatin and whipped cream. A chocolate trifle is usually made with chocolate cake, chocolate pudding, whipped cream and candy bars.

1 package (18 1/4 oz) chocolate fudge cake mix

1 package (6 oz) instant chocolate pudding mix

1/2 cup strong coffee

1 carton (12 oz) frozen whipped topping, thawed

6 toffee candy bars, crushed  (I use Heath bars)

Bake cake according to package directions. Cool. Prepare pudding. Set aside. Crumble cake. Reserve 1/2 cup. Place half of remaining cake crumbs in bottom of a 4 1/2 or 5 quart dish.

Layer with half the coffee, 1/2 the pudding, 1/2 the whipped topping and half the crushed candy bars.

Repeat the layers of cake, coffee, pudding and whipped topping. Combine remaining crushed candy bars with the reserved cake crumbs. Sprinkle over the top.

Refrigerate 4-5 hours before serving. 8-10 servings

Heavenly Hash

This is a fruit dessert that makes a huge amount and it is yummy!

1 #2 can pineapple chunks or bits, drained, with juice reserved

2 eggs, beaten

2 Tablespoons flour

1/2 cup sugar

1 large bottle maraschino cherries. chopped

1 1/2 cups small marshmallows

1 cup walnuts or pecans, finely chopped

1 cup coconut

1-16 oz frozen whipped topping, thawed

Bring reserved pineapple juice to a boil. Mix eggs, flour and sugar together to make a paste. Stir into boiling pineapple juice. Cook until thickened. Chill 4 hours or overnight.

Drain cherries and chop. Combine with pineapple, marshmallows, nuts and coconut in large bowl. Stir into chilled juice. Fold in whipped topping thoroughly. Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving. (Overnight, if desired.)

Pineapple Cake

Mix together:

2 cups flour

1 1/2 cups sugar

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt


2 eggs

1-20 oz can crushed pineapple

Mix well. Pour into a greased 9" X 13" pan

Sprinkle with:

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup chopped nuts

Bake 40-45 minutes at 350 degrees F. Start topping after 20 minutes.


1 cup evaporated milk

1/2 cup sugar

1 stick butter

1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix together in large saucepan. Boil 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Pour syrup over cake (add coconut, if desired) immediately after removing cake from oven.

Date Dessert

This is our dessert that we always have on Christmas Eve after a lasagna dinner. It is light and rich. Soooo delicious!

1 cup flour

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 cup chopped dates

1 cup nuts

Cool Whip, 16 oz., thawed

Combine flour and soda with sugar. Add well-beaten eggs. Mix in nuts and dates. Spread mixture into well-greased pan. Bake in preheated 350 degree F oven for 40 minutes. Let cool completely.

Break cake in small bite-sized pieces. Fold in Cool Whip. Let stand overnight.


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      Wealthmadehealthy 8 years ago from Somewhere in the Lone Star State

      OMG The pineapple cake, the trifle, the hash, where was I at Christmas???? Not here that's for, what a great to the kitchen....pineapples a favorite!!

      Thanks for all of these !!!

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      judydianne 8 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

      BkCreative, you'll love the date dessert! Cheers to not weighing 1,000 pounds after the holidays!

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      BkCreative 8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Love that Date Dessert! Sounds simple and light and maybe I won't weigh 1,000 pounds when the holidays are over.

      Thanks - I'll bookmark this hub!

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      judydianne 8 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

      Thanks. I know. I'm killing my diet, too! Just have to cycle around the block a couple more times. Ha!

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      Nancy Hinchliff 8 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      OMG that chocolate trifle looks amazing...and the others aren't bad either:=) You're killin' my diet. What diet???Thanks Judy