Cold winter days are a perfect excuse for spending time in the kitchen. If you’ve exhausted all of your favorite cookie recipes but still can’t satisfy that baking itch, that’s when you know it’s time to get going on a decadent dessert for your holiday table. Whether you need to find something impressive to take to your neighbor’s party, your mother-in-laws’ or something to set right smack dab in the center of your own kitchen table, there’s a stunning holiday recipe for a wow-worthy dessert right here.


1. Cranberry Orange Cheesecake: It may be winter, but that doesn’t mean there’s any shortage of gorgeous seasonal fruit to be had. These colorful cranberries will lighten up any holiday table. (via Gimme Some Oven)


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


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


4. 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. (via Supergolden Bakes)


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


6. 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)


7. 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)


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

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


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

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11. Earl Grey and Dark Chocolate Cream Puffs: Overachievers will have their work cut out for them with this four-part recipe, but it’s 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. 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 filling that’s basically like a grown-up version of your favorite Hostess snack. (via Sprinkle Bakes)


13. Bûche de Noël: A Christmas essential gets a modern makeover with a clean birch tree look. Tiny meringue “mushrooms” complete the whimsical forest vibes. (via Bon Appetit)

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