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Top 10 Desserts [for holiday baking]

December 20, 2011 in breads, Chilled Desserts, chocolates, cookies, cupcakes, misc. - 4 Comments - 2 min read

How is this holiday season treating you?  I hope amidst the stress this season can bring, you’ve found time to gather with family and friends and be reminded what this season is really about.  In an effort to try to help bring calm to this time of year, I’ve created a list of my top 10 favorite desserts that are great to bring to a holiday party or gathering.  So, in no particular order, here they are.

Christmas Cake Balls

They are such a hit at every party I’ve gone to, and the ease of this dessert is not only in the creating of it, but the eating as well.  You don’t need any silverware, just maybe a napkin.

Chocolate-Peppermint Cupcakes

I love peppermint, and paired with chocolate, you can’t go wrong with this dessert.  I’ve topped the cupcakes with crushed peppermint candies and Andes mints.  Either tastes fantastic.

Sugar Cookies

If you have a little more time on your hands, or want others involved, decorating sugar cookies is a fun way to go.  Even kids can join in.  (You can always make a buttercream frosting–check the end of the post–and color with food coloring for an easy way for kids to decorate.  Add some sprinkles or jimmies, and you’re golden!)

Pecan-Oreo Fudge Bars

What’s not to love about this dessert?  Nuts, fudge, and Oreos.  Need I say more?

Cranberry-White and Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies

Perfect for a cookie swap, or just to have around the house.  They freeze well too.  (Roll them in balls, place on a cookie sheet, and freeze for 30 minutes.  Remove and put in a freezer bag until ready to bake.)

Candy Bar Cupcakes

Candy bars in a cupcake, both batter and frosting.  Yum!

Mint Oreo Truffles

If you like cake balls, then you’ll love these.  Super easy and super delicious!

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

This makes a wonderful breakfast, with some nice strong coffee, or a mid-afternoon snack.  Light enough that you could have seconds, but not too sweet that you’re left with a stomach-ache.

Hot Strawberry Sauce

Perfect to go over some ice cream for a simple, tasty dessert.  It also makes a great gift! (Put in a glass Mason jar with a coordinating ribbon.  It’ll keep for 2 weeks in the fridge.)

Orange Cream Cheese Dip

Love, love, love this dip!  Perfect with fresh fruit.

I hope this list is helpful to you.  And, of course, if you have any questions or comments, feel free to write away in the comment section.  I wish you a very Merry Christmas to you and your family.  Happy baking!  xoxo


Thanks for stopping by! I love baking and hope these recipes inspire you to create something wonderful in your kitchen. xoxo

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  • Millie November 25, 2012 at 1:55 am

    thank you for all your helping hints. I will be making them very soon… Have a Happy Holidays…

    • holly November 25, 2012 at 3:56 am

      Good luck! And same to you. :)

  • holly December 22, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Hmmm…have you tried using some shortening in the candy melts to thin it out a bit? If you do, add about 1 t at a time to the melted candy and mix until you don’t see the shortening anymore. You want it to be the consistency of about whipping cream. Try that and let me know. Good luck!

  • sarahmryberg December 21, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    I love this blog! All of these deserts look delicious! How do you get the chocolate on your cake balls to look so smooth? Mine always comes out very clumpy.

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