All the Sweet Treats You Need to Indulge In This Holiday Season

Satisfy your seasonal sweet tooth cravings with Food Network's best collection of holiday-worthy desserts.
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As you shuttle from at-work celebrations to cocktail parties and host casual family gatherings and the elegant Christmas Eve feast alike, there's no shortage of opportunities to indulge in your favorite fare during the holidays. But perhaps the best, most-decadent dishes come not from the savory buffet, but rather from the dessert table, in the form of decadent cakes, cookies, trifles and fudge. Check out Food Network's favorite holiday desserts below, each a wow-worthy pick sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Bobby Flay celebrates the beloved flavor combo of gingerbread and lemon in his layered trifle, featuring a crimson-colored blackberry sauce, which he whirls in the blender for smooth results. Follow Bobby's lead and save time in the kitchen by opting for store-bought lemon curd; it brightens up the fluffy whipped cream layers in his big-batch dessert.

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It's all about the brandy-spiked toffee sauce in Anne Burrell's easy-to-make recipe. This buttery concoction seeps into her cinnamon-laced cake and infuses it with bold flavor from the inside out.

HOLIDAY CUPCAKES Sandra Lee SemiHomemade Cooking/Merry Munchies Christmas Food Network Box White Cake Mix, Peppermint Extract, White Cranberry Juice, White Icing, Royal Icing, Blue Colored Candy Canes, Marshmallows, Pretzels, Cake Decorating Dots, Orange Jelly Slices, Yogurt Covered Pretzels, Blue Candy Covered Chocolates or Blue Jelly Beans, Fruit RollUps, Red Gum Drops, Eggs, Lemon Juice, Confectioners’ Sugar, Food Coloring,HOLIDAY CUPCAKES Sandra Lee SemiHomemade Cooking/Merry Munchies Christmas Food Network Box White Cake Mix, Peppermint Extract, White Cranberry Juice, White Icing, Royal Icing, Blue Colored Candy Canes, Marshmallows, Pretzels, Cake Decorating Dots, Orange Jelly Slices, Yogurt Covered Pretzels, Blue Candy Covered Chocolates or Blue Jelly Beans, Fruit RollUps, Red Gum Drops, Eggs, Lemon Juice, Confectioners’ Sugar, Food Coloring

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Decked out in snowman, reindeer and holiday cup configurations, these colorful cupcakes come together easily with the help of white cake mix and ready-to-go containers of icing. Even if your finished products don't turn out as neatly adorned as the ones in the picture, you can be sure that they'll still taste every bit as sweet.

Crepe Party Dessert

Crepe Party Dessert

Dessert with a fruit filling next to a side of cream on a gold and white plate

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Featured in Food Network Magazine, these top-rated, individual-serving tarts boast a nutty taste, thanks to their brown butter base. Fill up the tart shells with fig jam, then bake them, and serve them alongside bourbon-poached figs for over-the-top richness.

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"We married the richness of cheesecake with the refreshing minty chocolate of grasshopper pie," note the chefs in Food Network Kitchen. These chilled bites feature a buttery chocolate cookie base, plus a smooth chocolate-cream cheese filling and a mint-laced topping.

CANDY CANE COOKIES Sandra Lee SemiHomemade Cooking/Christmas Food Network Box Sugar Cookie Mix, Butter, Egg, Cream Cheese, Allpurpose Flour, Red Food Coloring, Peppermint Extract

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Thanks to store-bought sugar cookie mix, it's a cinch to prepare these almost-too-cute-to-eat cookies. All it takes to achieve the peppermint swirl effect is twisting two ropes of dough — one tinted red — together and bending into a cane shape.

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The tried-and-true flavor combo comes together in Food Network Magazine's five-ingredient recipe. Since it keeps for up to a week, this fudge is ideal to keep on hand in case unexpected holiday guests arrive.

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Not just for decoration, this surprisingly simple gingerbread house is indeed edible too. After assembling the walls and roof with molasses-laced cookies and icing, it all comes down to home decor with more snow-white icing and plenty of colorful candies.

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Food Network Magazine's moist cake is laced with coconut extract and rolled around rum-spiked frosting and a layer of shredded coconut, before being blanketed in even more frosting and finished with a dusting of coconut.

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