17 Festive Christmas Dessert Recipes That’ll Get You in the Holiday Spirit
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17 Festive Christmas Dessert Recipes That’ll Get You in the Holiday Spirit

It’s finally time for apple cinnamon and pumpkin spice to take a back seat. Winter is coming, and we must shine the spotlight on cooling peppermint treats and spiced eggnog recipes. With Christmas around the corner, you’re probably starting to think about cookies you want to whip up for your annual cookie exchange; maybe you’re even thinking about creating some edible gifts for friends and co-workers. Whatever the case may be, you’re going to have to yank the flour and sugar out of the pantry at some point. Luckily, we’ve got 17 holiday desserts that will give you *all* the inspo you need.

1. Cranberry Tart With Almond Cream: If the cranberry sauce at your Thanksgiving dinner didn’t sate your cranberry needs, this festive tart will. Fresh cranberries are piled into a shortbread crust over a luscious almond cream and it’s kind of the best thing ever. (via Mimi Claire)

2. Orange Glazed Donuts With Sugared Rosemary: One of the best things about donuts is they can be enjoyed as both a dessert *and* as a sweet breakfast option; you’ll want one for each occasion. The citrus-infused glaze and sugared herbs create the ultimate holiday treat. (via Lau Sunday Cooks)

3. Dark Chocolate Cranberry Almond Biscotti: We hope you’re ready for additional caffeine, because you’ll be brewing an extra cup a day *just* for an excuse to dip and devour these beauties. Delicious and totally addicting, these munchies are packed with almonds and cranberries and dipped in chocolate. (via Little Broken)

4. Peppermint Bark Cookies: What pumpkin spice is to fall, peppermint is to winter — and you just can’t get through the snowy season without indulging in some sweet and cool peppermint bark. The combination of chocolate and mint are a delight, and this treat pairs wonderfully with a cup of hot cocoa. (via The Whole Bite)

5. Mexican Wedding Cakes: If your mom ever took part in cookie exchanges when you were growing up, you know these amazing little bites are classic. These little snowballs are slightly salty, super nutty, buttery and downright *delish.* (via So Munch Love)

6. Rum-Spiked Eggnog Crème Brûlée: We’re not quite sure what the best part of crème brûlée is — breaking through the brittle caramelized sheet of sugar, or scooping out the silky custard post-breakthrough. Either way, we need to dig into this spiked eggnog version STAT. (via The Cozy Apron)

7. Rum and Eggnog Bundt Cake: We like big Bundts and we cannot lie; a slice of this, we can’t deny! Flavored with rum and eggnog, this luscious cake is slathered with a generous coating of eggnog cream cheese icing that will make your tastebuds sing. (via Liv for Cake)

8. Almond Thumbprint Cookies With Orange Cardamom Jam: It truly isn’t the holidays without some jam-filled thumbprint cookies to munch on. Though a berry jam is most commonly used, we think the use of this cardamom-spiced orange jam is brilliant. WE’RE NOT DROOLING, YOU ARE. (via Faring Well)

9. Mincemeat Cupcakes With Mascarpone Frosting: These starry cupcakes are almost too cute to eat… almost. With mascarpone frosting, these mincemeat cakes offer us sugar and spice, and everything nice. (via Supergolden Bakes)

10. Healthy Gluten-Free Ginger Candy Scones: It’s not often we see the words “healthy” and “candy” in the same sentence — but when we do, we’re filled with glee. These flaky and soft scones are spiced with ginger and drizzled with a creamy maple frosting. (via Paleo and Gluten-Free Eats)

11. Eggnog Cheesecake Brownies: With creamy eggnog cheesecake swirling into fudge-y goodness, these brownies are a thing of magic. Even eggnog naysayers will fall in love with these soft and chewy bites. (via A Cookie Named Desire)

12. Almond Biscotti Christmas Tree: This jaw-dropping edible arrangement works as both a dessert *and* a centerpiece. It’s a shame it will be destroyed by the hands of hungry guests, but it will surely keep things festive while it lasts. (via Gather and Dine)

13. Apple and Mincemeat Filo Wreath: This swoon-worthy recipe stuffs crisp apples and mincemeat into a flaky filo pastry, resulting in complete dessert heaven. Adorned with cranberries and drizzled with custard, this treat is guaranteed to be a hit at any holiday party. (via Domestic Gothess)

14. Chocolate Candy Cane Bundt Cake: We know you’re thinking it because we’re thinking it — be still, my heart! This rich, minty and chocolatey cake is dripping with a minty glaze and topped with crushed candy canes. Can you say flavor bomb? (via Crumb Kitchen)

15. No-Bake Chocolate Orange Greek Yogurt Cheesecake: If you’ve been assigned dessert duty this year, we’ve got you covered with this *glorious* treat. Decorated with candied orange slices, this no-bake cheesecake is full of rich and bright flavors that will surely impress. (via Nutmeg Nanny)

16. Smoked Bourbon Vanilla Bean and Salted Caramel Crème Brûlée Macarons: Macarons are a delicate work of art, but they are SO worth the effort when you can sit back and admire your chic creation. This recipe brings a dash of sophistication by combining boozy with sweet. (via Butter and Brioche)

17. Speculoos Apple Tart: If you’re unfamiliar with Speculoos, think cookie butter. That’s the flavor we’re dealing with here, and we couldn’t be more stoked. With the ultimate combo of apples and cinnamon, this lovely tart won’t stand a chance at the dessert table. (via Mamangerie)

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