Cold winter days are a perfect excuse for spending time in the kitchen. If you鈥檝e exhausted all of your favorite cookie recipes but still can鈥檛 satisfy that baking itch, that鈥檚 when you know it鈥檚 time to get going on a decadent dessert聽for your holiday table. Whether you need to find something impressive to take to your neighbor鈥檚聽party, your mother-in-laws鈥 or something to set right smack dab in the center of your own kitchen table, there鈥檚 a stunning holiday recipe for a wow-worthy dessert right here.

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1.聽Cranberry Orange Cheesecake: It may be winter, but that doesn鈥檛 mean there鈥檚 any shortage of gorgeous seasonal fruit to be had. These colorful cranberries will lighten up any holiday table.聽(via Gimme Some Oven)

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2.聽Honeycomb Baked Alaska: This聽perfectly toasted meringue is hiding a sweet surprise. The base is a homemade honeycomb ice cream. (via Food52)

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3.聽Peppermint Mocha Bundt Cake: There鈥檚 no better way to get your caffeine fix than with this seriously delish mocha cake. It鈥檚 just as tasty for breakfast the next morning too! (via Handle the Heat)

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4.聽Gingerbread Cake With Cinnamon Cream: This cake is impressive enough on its own, but you could also go all out and top it with these adorable homemade gingerbread men.聽(via Supergolden Bakes)

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5.聽Croquembouche: Nothing screams PARTY like a towering pile of caramel-glazed cream puffs. (via Saveur)

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6.聽Toasted Coconut Cream Rum and Chocolate Mousse Crepe Cake: This is definitely one of those more-is-more kind of situations. Perfect your crepe game and start piling them on. (via Half Baked Harvest)

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7.聽Caramelized-Honey Nut and Seed Tart: This beauty is deceptively easy. Make the crust in a food processor and simply press it into the pan. (via Bon Appetit)

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8.聽Black Forest Pavlova: Pavlovas somehow strike a perfect balance between light and decadent. This one is the perfect ending to an indulgent Christmas dinner.聽(via Tanya Zouev)

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9.聽Tiramisu Cake: Creamy mascarpone, espresso-soaked cake, cocoa powder and fluffy lady fingers 鈥 this is the tastiest and prettiest version of tiramisu you鈥檒l ever taste. (via Pastry Affair)

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10.聽Lime and Coconut Cake: If you鈥檙e looking for something that鈥檚 as easy as it is gorgeous, this loaf cake is for you. It鈥檚 also super transportable, so you can get it safely to Grandma鈥檚 in one piece.聽(via A Girl and Her Home)

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11.聽Earl Grey and Dark Chocolate Cream Puffs: Overachievers will have their work cut out for them with this four-part recipe, but it鈥檚 well worth it. Dive into decadent chocolate mousse, a tea-infused chantilly cream, fluffy pastry and fancy-schmancy chocolate decor. (via Hint of Vanilla)

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12.聽Black Forest Dome Cake: Black forest cakes are a Christmas tradition you need to get familiar with STAT. This one packs a few extra punches, like kirsch syrup and a creamy聽filling that鈥檚 basically like a grown-up version of your favorite Hostess snack. (via Sprinkle Bakes)

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13.聽B没che de No毛l: A聽Christmas essential gets a modern makeover with a clean birch tree look. Tiny meringue 鈥渕ushrooms鈥 complete the whimsical forest vibes. (via Bon Appetit)

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