Our Easiest Holiday Desserts

Serve a spread of festive, fuss-free sweets at your next holiday gathering. These effortlessly impressive recipes make it easy.

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Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

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Festive, Fuss-Free Sweets

These easy desserts from Food Network use on-hand ingredients and are perfect for hectic holiday entertaining.

Chocolate-Chocolate-White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ree Drummond's triple-chocolate cookies come together in just 30 minutes. Use a combination of semisweet and white chocolate chips for extra sweetness plus a soft and chewy texture.  

Get the Recipe: Chocolate Chocolate White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Jam Thumbprint Cookies

Keep the holidays simple yet festive with Ina Garten's buttery thumbprint cookies rolled in sweet shredded coconut. A drop of raspberry or apricot jam adds rich, jewel-toned color.

Get the Recipe: Jam Thumbprint Cookies

Brown Butter Madeleines

These buttery French cookies bring elegance to any dessert spread. Use brown butter to add rich flavor that will complement the honey and orange zest. Follow Melissa d'Arabian's simple instructions for perfectly browned butter without the risk of burning.

Get the Recipe: Brown Butter Madeleines

Raspberry Trifle with Rum Sauce

Sandra Lee's individual-size trifles pack lots of flavor into one glass with minimal effort: Rum extract and fresh berries jazz up prepared vanilla pudding and pound cake.

Get the Recipe: Raspberry Trifle with Rum Sauce

Chocolate-Dipped Hazelnut Shortbread

After baking these shortbreads strewn with hazelnuts, dip them in melted dark chocolate. 

Get the Recipe: Chocolate Dipped Hazelnut Shortbread

Espresso Zabaglione

Believe it or not, you can make this elegant Italian custard with just three ingredients: egg yolks, sugar and espresso. And, since it only takes 10 minutes to whip up a batch, you can easily make it to order after dinner.

Get the Recipe: Espresso Zabaglione

Shortcut Peppermint Bark

No time to make dessert? No problem! Ree dunks chocolate sandwich cookies in minty white chocolate and then tops each one with a sprinkle of crushed candy cane for a peppermint bark-inspired treat that’s ready fast!

Get the Recipe: Shortcut Peppermint Bark

3-Ingredient Bundt Cake

Low on ingredients but big on cake? This recipe needs only three ingredients to produce a tender, flavor-packed treat. The best part is you can use any flavor of cake mix and ice cream you want, and in any combination. Our top pick? Devil's food cake and mint chocolate chip is epic. The only requirement is that you use a high-quality ice cream—standard ice creams have more air churned into them and won't melt sufficiently.

Get the Recipe: 3-Ingredient Bundt Cake

Cornflake Wreaths

Ree's gives super-simple cereal treats a festive twist by adding some green food coloring and forming them into indvidual wreaths.

Get the Recipe: Cornflake Wreaths

Chocolate Walnut Snowball Cookies

These festive cookies have chocolatey interiors, but the stars of the show are the walnuts, which are both ground fine and hand chopped for extra nutty flavor.

Get the Recipe: Chocolate Walnut Snowball Cookies

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