25 Amazing Dessert Recipes to Celebrate the Holidays

When I started thinking about the coming holidays and making menus, I began looking at dessert recipes that are my family’s favorites. I then checked out recipes from some of my friends. There were tons of dessert recipes I wanted to share with you, but I knew we could be here drooling over decadent desserts forever and ever, so I had to narrow my list to 25 amazing desserts to celebrate the holidays.

This collection includes recipes for cheesecakes, pies, bars, cakes, dumplings, tarts, and more. Some of these are traditional recipes like Southern Banana Pudding and others are unique twists on tradition such as Red Velvet Cake with Cinnamon Butter Cream between the layers. All of them are mouth-watering delicious!

 

  • 25 Holiday Dessert Recipes 1 of 26
    25 Holiday desserts

    Follow the links to 25 of the most delicious desserts for your holiday table. 

  • Red Velvet and Cinnamon Layer Rose Cake 2 of 26
    Red Velvet Cinnamon Layer Rose Cake

    What an absolutely beautiful cake! Red Velvet and Cinnamon Layer Rose Cake has a surprise cinnamon butter cream between the layers which adds a unique but delicious taste to the traditional red velvet cake.  This recipe post even has a link to a tutorial for making the rose design. 

    Source:  Tidy Mom

  • Strawberry and White Chocolate Mousse Tart 3 of 26
    Strawberry and White Chocolate Mousse Tart

    Strawberry and White Chocolate Mousse Tart just makes you happy to look at it. It is so colorful. Wouldn't your family love this tart for dessert at your next dinner?

    Source:  Recipe Girl

  • Lime-Filled Coconut Cupcakes 4 of 26
    Lime-Filled Coconut Cupcakes

    Lime-Filled Coconut Cupcakes look so delicious but just wait until you bite into one. The lime curd filling and coconut flavor wake every taste bud you have. After that first taste, you will devour it! 

    Source:  Bake at 350

  • Bruleed Lemon Tart 5 of 26
    Bruleed Lemon Tart

    The Bruleed Lemon Tart, a combination of lemon tart and creme brulee, is a much requested dessert at my house. Shortbread crust, lemons, and creme brulee texture make this a dessert for any time of year. 

    Source:  Add a Pinch

  • Coconut Lime Cheesecake Bars 6 of 26
    Coconut Lime Cheesecake Bars

    Coconut Lime Cheesecake Bars. Oh, my! What could be better than a combination of lime and coconut and cheesecake? Just watch these disappear when you serve them to your family or friends — or just to yourself!

    Source:  Add a Pinch

  • Perfectly Perfect Pumpkin Cheesecake 7 of 26
    Perfectly Perfect Pumpkin Cheesecake

    The crunchy gingersnap crust and pumpkin pie spiced flavor of the Perfectly Perfect Pumpkin Cheesecake makes it, well, perfect for a fall dessert. Wouldn't this be a great dessert for Thanksgiving dinner?

    Source:  A Farm Girl's Dabbles

  • Vanilla Cake with Toasted Coconut Frosting 8 of 26
    Vanilla Cake with Toasted Coconut Frosting

    Vanilla Cake with Toasted Coconut Frosting is one more scrumptious dessert! If you like coconut, this is the cake for you. There is coconut milk in the cake batter as well as the frosting and it has all that toasted coconut on top. Yum!

    Source:  She Wears Many Hats

  • Chocolate Cake with Fluffy Peanut Butter Frosting 9 of 26
    Chocolate Cake with Fluffy Peanut Butter Frosting

    I am drooling just looking at this Chocolate Cake with Fluffy Peanut Butter Frosting photo. This could be the poster photo for National Dessert Day! 

    Source:  A Farm Girl's Dabbles

  • Decadent Chocolate Bread Pudding 10 of 26
    Decadent Chocolate Bread Pudding

    Decadent Chocolate Bread Pudding is just the dessert for cool, fall nights or any night for that matter. Just imagine sitting by a fire with a dish of this rich chocolate dessert.

    Source:  My Kitchen Addiction

  • Cream Cheese Pound Cake 11 of 26
    Cream Cheese Pound Cake

    Cream Cheese Pound Cake is a dessert my mother made for our family when I was growing up. It has been one of the most requested cakes for any occasion we have. It is so moist and never dry like some pound cakes. 

    Source:  Add a Pinch

  • New York Cheesecake 12 of 26
    New York Cheesecake

    New York Cheesecake is my very favorite cheesecake flavor. You can add so many different toppings that each give a distinct new flavor. But I like it plain, with no added toppings. What is your favorite cheesecake flavor?

    Source:  Love and Olive Oil

  • Peanut Butter Pound Cake S’mores Panini 13 of 26
    Peanut Butter Pound Cake S'mores Panini

    Every time we go camping or just have a fire in the fireplace, we make s'mores.  But I would never have thought to make a panini out of pound cake and peanut butter. With the Peanut Butter Pound Cake S'mores Panini recipe, I don't need a roaring fire to enjoy my s'mores. 

    Source:  Panini Happy

     

  • Apple Dumplings 14 of 26
    Apple Dumplings

    Fall and apples just go together, don't they? My sister's Apple Dumplings are delicious any time but just seem to go with the fall season. This is one dish our family requests frequently.

    Source:  Add a Pinch

  • Banana Bread Tres Leches Cake 15 of 26
    Banana Bread Tres Leches Cake

    Don't be surprised when you serve this Banana Bread Tres Leches Cake if you hear anything other than "uums" and "aahs" and "Wows." This cake is THAT good!

    Source:  How Sweet Eats

  • Oreo Icebox Cake 16 of 26
    Oreo Icebox Cake

    What an easy but absolutely decadent dessert. The name, Oreo Icebox Cake, says it all. You may have to hide this one from the adults until the kids have all been served.

    Source: Cookies and Cups

  • Salted Caramel Bars 17 of 26
    Salted Caramel Bars

    Salted Caramel Bars are a combination of a flaky, shortbread crust and salty caramel topping that make a great addition to any dessert bar or as the main dessert. This is one of my Mom's favorite dessert bars. 

    Source: Add a Pinch

  • Chocolate Chip Cheesecake 18 of 26
    Chocolate Chip Cheesecake

    Chocolate and cheesecake are two of my favorite foods. Add those together in the Chocolate Chip Cheesecake for pure heaven. Wish I had a slice right now!

    Source:  My Kitchen Addiction

  • Black Bottom Maple Pumpkin Pie 19 of 26
    Black Bottom Pumpkin Pie

    Black Bottom Maple Pumpkin Pie has two surprise ingredients for a traditional pumpkin pie: chocolate and maple syrup. Can't you just taste that wonderful combination?

    Source:  Simple Bites

  • Peanut Butter Bars 20 of 26
    Peanut Butter Bars

    Peanut Butter Bars are one of the desserts that my son and I have made together since he was a little boy. They are so simple to make, and have just the right combination of chocolate and peanut butter. Why don't you try making these with your child?

    Source:  Add a Pinch

  • Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie 21 of 26
    Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie

    For a new twist on pecan pie, try this Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie. It is loaded with pecans, chocolate chips, and oatmeal and takes only 15 minutes of prep time. Don't you just love great tasting foods that don't take all day to make?

    Source:  Ingredients Inc

  • Southern Banana Pudding 22 of 26
    Southern Banana Pudding

    This Southern Banana Pudding is my grandmother's recipe. When my sister and I were little girls, my grandmother always asked us to help her make this dessert. We thought it tasted better because we helped.

    Source:  Add a Pinch

  • Sweet Potato Pecan Pie 23 of 26
    Recipe-Sweet-Potato-Pecan-Pie-1

    Sweet potato pie has always been a pie that my aunt made during the holidays. My sweet potato pecan pie is a twist on that all-time favorite of my family. 

    Source:  Add a Pinch

  • Pumpkin Pie with Toasted Pecan Praline Topping 24 of 26
    pumpkin-pie-with-praline-topping-4

    Dress up your holiday table with this pumpkin pie with toasted pecan praline topping in place of the traditional pumpkin pie and just smile when you get all the praise. 

    Source:  She Wears Many Hats

  • Snickerdoodle Cake with Brown Sugar Cinnamon Frosting 25 of 26
    snickerdoodle-cake-2

    Snickerdoodle cake with brown sugar cinnamon frosting is a cinnamon vanilla butter cake that would be amazing by itself. Add the brown sugar cinnamon buttercream frosting and it is over the top!

    Source:  Foodie with Family

  • Peanut Butter Pie with Mississippi Mud Fudge 26 of 26
    peanut butter pie

    This layered peanut butter pie with Mississippi mud fudge is one of those desserts you won't forget —  it's layered with tender crust, fudge, and peanut butter pie, and then topped with chocolate glaze, chopped peanuts, and chocolate curls. Enjoy!

    Source:   A Farm Girl's Dabbles

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