14 Crowd-Pleasing Dessert Recipes to Bring to Holiday Potlucks
Our favorite part of the holidays is technically spending time with family and friends, but baking — and cramming our faces with — every sweet treat under the sun is a close, close second. And when you're baking goodies to bring to a party, there are a few extra factors to take into consideration: You need to make something a lot of people will love, and it has to be easy to bring along for the ride to the get-together. Luckily, there are tons of sweets that can withstand the rigor of travel *and* maintain their integrity while sitting on the buffet table for a few hours. These recipes are exactly what you want to have up your sleeve when tasked with bringing dessert to a potluck.
Apple Cider Cookies With Caramel: Sweet, tart apple cider gives these cookies big flavor, but the tastiest part is the gooey caramel hidden inside each one. (via We Are Not Martha)
Chewy Chocolate Coffee Cookies: These cookies are super chewy, moist, and chocolatey. Walnuts give each bite a nutty crunch. (via La Mora Romagnola)
Apple Pie Crumb Bars: All the flavor of apple pie with none of the sloppy mess. These streusel-topped bars can hang out on the buffet table without getting soggy. (via Lovely Little Kitchen)
Maple Cookie Bars: Cookie bars are a sturdy treat that hold up well at potlucks. These maple-flavored ones are topped with a smooth buttercream frosting and crunchy toffee bits — and hard to resist. (via The Casual Craftlete)
No-Bake White Chocolate Thin Mints: Made with buttery white and dark chocolate wafers, these no-bake treats are an indulgent end to any meal. A splash of peppermint extract gives them a refreshingly cool flavor. (via The View from Great Island)
Caramel Apple Bars: Apple pie and caramel come together to make these delectable bars. The crust and crumble are made with oats, giving them a hearty texture and flavor. (via Tutti Dolci)
Nutella Caramel Pretzel Brownies: Regular brownies are a nice treat other times of the year, but you've got to amp them up when it's time for the holidays. The sweet-and-savory combination of Nutella, caramel, and salty pretzels does the trick. (via Sweetest Menu)
Pecan Praline Cookies: The praline caramel topping on these treats will melt in your mouth with every bite — but stay firm enough to travel well once the cookies are cool. A sprinkle of pecans gives each cookie a pleasant crunch. (via The View from Great Island)
Pecan Slab Pie: Toasty and caramelized, pecan pie is a must-have holiday dessert. Make it in a jelly roll pan so you have enough to share with everyone. (via The Rebel Chick)
Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodle Cookies: The warm spices of snickerdoodle cookies are only made even better when pumpkin is brought into the mix. Add some white chocolate chips for a dessert your guests will rave about. (via The Skinny Fork)
Slab Pumpkin Pie Bars: Creamy pumpkin pie filling tops these party-ready bars. Serve with whipped cream for an extra sweet festive flair. (via Kevin Is Cooking)
Salted Caramel Apple Slab Pie: Encased in a super flaky crust, this gooey apple pie is enhanced with luscious caramel. Luckily, this recipe makes a big portion; you're going to want enough for seconds. (via Well Seasoned)
White Chocolate Chai Swirl Blondies: Chai spices liven up the caramelized flavor of these blondies. They're sweet, chewy, and perfect for your potluck. (via What Molly Made)
Spiced Plum Slab Pie: It's time to add more fruit to your dessert repertoire. Instead of apples, this pie uses spiced plums, and we're so on board. (via Hearth & Vine)
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Justina Huddleston is a food writer living in Los Angeles. When she's not busy writing, she spends her time in the kitchen creating both virtuous and decidedly junky vegan food. Buffalo chickpea pizza, anyone? She's also been known to eat a plain block of tofu or beans straight out of the can for lunch, but somehow those culinary adventures don't make it to her Instagram. You can follow Justina on Twitter or see what's cooking in her kitchen on her blog, A Life of Little Pleasures.