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12 Christmas Desserts That Dazzle

We only have a few more big edible events left for the season and to make them count, we picked out 12 Christmas desserts that dazzle for your next holiday party.

While we're munching through piles of Christmas cookies, that's just the start to the sweet treats to come for the holidays. From timeless treasures to unconventionally clever, there's more to yuletide desserts than just Christmas cookies. Because we love to explore holiday baking with new recipes, we picked out some of our favorite holiday desserts that dazzle. Whether you're a beginner baker or a capable culinarian, there's something on our list that'll spark sweet inspiration.

Traditional

Bûche de Noël

Add some jolly to your jelly roll pan with a Bûche de Noël — which is French for "yule log," making it a traditional dessert on both sides of the Atlantic. This one looks like it was put together by an accomplished sculptor, but you, too, can shape your cake into a faux log. It's all in the soft and impressionable mocha frosting. Just roll up the frosted cake, slather on the frosting with a knife, then make streaks with a fork for an authentic-looking bark. The end result is almost too cute to cut!

Bûche de Noël

Bûche de Noël by Mon Petit Four

Classic Easy Panettone Cake

American tradition dictates we serve Grandma's fruitcake, but perhaps you'd like an Italian departure from the holiday staple? Panettone is not exactly like fruitcake, but there is a lot of fruit in it -- oranges, lemons, raisins. The cake part is not cake at all but a soft brioche. That's good news for breakfast enthusiasts — the leftovers can be transformed into Panettone Bread Pudding. Or if you want to get multi-cultural about it, call it French toast casserole.

Classic Easy Panettone Cake

Classic Easy Panettone Cake by The Seaman Mom

Nog 'N' Nosh

Eggnog Pound Cake

After all the dangerously indulgent desserts the holiday season parcels out, this Eggnog Pound Cake is strikingly simple without losing the lively, sweet style of the season. The recipe plays with the ratios a bit to accommodate the egg and milk from the nog, but don't let that throw you off. The result is a moist and cakey adult dessert. If you want to take "adult" a step further, feel free to add a splash of rum to the cake and the glaze. This makes a lovely bundt cake, but it works as a classic loaf cake as well.

Eggnog Pound Cake

Eggnog Pound Cake by Southern Bite

Egg Nog Brulee Pie

Now that we've convinced you to under-indulge, we're going to show you the other side of the holiday dessert coin with a rich pie that convincingly combines three Christmas treats in one: eggnog, crème brûlée, and pie. Just so we don't totally blow your mind, this is a basic custard pie that uses eggnog for holiday flavor and is topped with that crunchy sugar shell you get with crème brûlée. Another fantastic adult dessert. #winning

Egg Nog Brulee Pie

Egg Nog Brulee Pie by Confessions of a Cookbook Queen

Egg Nog Fudge

Following two adult desserts, we're diving into a Christmas dessert recipe that's geared toward those who have sweet leanings. Eggnog, white chocolate, and marshmallow unite to make one spectacularly sweet fudge. A few words of warning: don't eat these before noon, and take small bites.

Egg Nog Fudge

Egg Nog Fudge by Six Sisters' Stuff

Gingerbread

Grandma's Gingerbread Tiramisu For Christmas

This recipe sits at the intersection of classic holiday treat and Italian ambrosia. It uses gingerbread cake as the base instead of ladyfingers and cream cheese in lieu of mascarpone or zabaglione. It's a festive interpretation of dessert that has a murky origin, so feel to make it your own — add some rum for a boozy variation or play with the filling to make it your own holiday cake.

Grandma's Gingerbread Tiramisu For Christmas

Grandma's Gingerbread Tiramisu For Christmas by Recipes 4 Living

Gingerbread Whoopie Pies

This one will definitely give you something to whoop about! If you've never had a whoopie pie, they're like two small cakes divided by a layer of cream cheese frosting (it resembles an ice cream sandwich). What makes this recipe interesting is that it uses blackstrap molasses which means it's a little bit more bitter than your typical gingerbread, but it's balanced out by the marshmallow frosting. Children and adults alike will enjoy this festive dessert.

Gingerbread Whoopie Pies

Gingerbread Whoopie Pies by KitchenAid

Gingerbread Fudge

It just wouldn't be Christmas without fudge or gingerbread. But you can make this Christmas merry by marrying the two recipes to make one dizzying dessert. Sounds peculiar, but this recipe kind of boils down (figuratively speaking) all the gingerbread spices with white chocolate into a dense, creamy, bite-sized version of the classic confection. It's also a no-bake recipe, so if you've overstayed your welcome in the kitchen this season, this recipe puts you on the fast track out!

Gingerbread Fudge

Gingerbread Fudge by Marsha's Baking Addiction

Truffles & Bark

Peppermint Bark Sugar Cookie Pie

Don't be confused by the title of the recipe; it's not really three desserts blended into one, it's just two desserts, but it takes the shape of third. Regardless of how many desserts it represents, it's not for the faint of {sweet}heart. Peppermint Bark Sugar Cookie Pie is cookie dough and crushed candy canes pressed into a pie plate and baked. After it's cooled, the chocolate chips are melted and poured over the cookie pie and sprinkled with more candy cane pieces. After one slice of this, your chocolate-peppermint craving will be satisfied until the holidays pick up again next year!

Peppermint Bark Sugar Cookie Pie

Peppermint Bark Sugar Cookie Pie by Food, Folks, and Fun

Rum Balls

If you really want to spread joy to the world, let it be with rum balls. They are adult treats, and these little spheres of sweet satisfaction are from another no-bake build of rum, vanilla wafers, cocoa powder, and corn syrup bedazzled in whatever embellishment you choose (sprinkles, cocoa, powdered sugar). They don't take long to make, but if you want the flavors of the season to pop, let them sit in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a few days before serving.

Rum Balls

Rum Balls by My Baking Addiction

Easy Christmas Treats

Cornflake Christmas Wreaths

These boughs of holly are botanical bites made of the OG breakfast cereal, candy fluff, and embellished with cinnamon candies (if you prefer chocolate, you can use red M&Ms. They're designed for overeating and merry greeting, but the no-bake brilliance of the recipe makes them an ideal project for kids on a wintry afternoon but they also look great on the holiday dessert table.

Cornflake Christmas Wreaths

Cornflake Christmas Wreaths by My Casual Pantry

Christmas Coal

This is the kind of coal kids want to find in their stockings. These tongue-in-cheek treats are similar in composition as cornflake wreaths, but instead of cornflakes, the recipe calls for a pile of crisp rice mixed into melted marshmallow and tinted with black food coloring.

Christmas Cole