Holiday Desserts Beyond Cookies

It's OK if you're not on the cookie train — your dessert options are endless.

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As much as we all love cookies here at Food Network, we understand that sometimes you just want a chocolatey piece of fudge or a no-fuss fruity treat. Perhaps the best part of the holiday season is that there are plenty of dessert options that will sate your sweet cravings and be impressive (and delicious!) enough to serve company or tote to a party. Here are 6 of our favorite ways to spread holiday dessert cheer without ever touching a cookie cutter.

Cinnamon-Chocolate Fudge: Giada's fudge is great for anyone who wants a chocolatey treat that requires minimal effort. Use baking staples like sweetened condensed milk, cinnamon and chocolate to put this fudge together quickly, then sit back and relax while it firms up in the fridge.

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Peppermint No-Churn Ice Cream: Homemade ice cream can be yours, even if you don't have an ice cream maker. And homemade ice cream should be yours, even if the weather outside is frightful — because this peppermint-packed frozen treat is absolutely delightful. Chocolate-peppermint candies and peppermint puffs give this no-churn ice cream refreshing flavor, and mini marshmallows add an extra-sweet touch.

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Hot Chocolate Cheesecake: Cheesecake might already be on your holiday dessert horizon, but how about giving it a wintry upgrade this year? Use leftover hot chocolate or cocoa mix in the crust and the filling to make slices that taste just like the classic drink.

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White Chocolate Holiday Bark: Chocolate bark gets a bit merrier when you mix in red dried cranberries and green pistachio nuts. No one will be able to resist this festive dessert; lucky for you, the recipe makes more than a pound of sweet treats and can easily be doubled.

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Buche de Noel: A traditional French buche de Noel, or yule log cake, is going to require some effort, yes. But the look on your friends' faces when this showstopping cake hits the dessert table will make it all worthwhile. Because have any of them ever made adorable marzipan pinecones like these before?

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Strawberry Santas: These Santa look-alikes are bound to get smiles from kids as well as adults, and you'll be happy with the short ingredient list. A sweet mascarpone frosting keeps Santa's hat in place, earning these cute bites on your holiday menu for seasons to come. 

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