The time of year is approaching when most of our free time tends to be spent in the kitchen. We love it! Seriously, we do. While we might not always enjoy cooking, and often look for tricks to simplify meals, holidays are different for us. We love the Christmas cookie baking days, and putting together pies, and all that jazz. We turn up the music, make ourselves gourmet coffees, and let the kitchen explode with flour. Our holiday dessert recipe list has grown over the years…a lot. And while we try not to overload NellieBellie with holiday dessert recipes each year, we have accumulated quite the collection of fabulous recipes and ideas.
We love to use recipes that are tried and true, traditional, and every-year favorites. While we love spending time in the kitchen we don’t have alot of free time to do so. We want to be sure that the time we spent results in tasty treats for the holidays! That’s why we return again and again to our favorites. Sometimes with a few tweaks. We decided to collect our absolute favorites here for you; a one-stop shopping place for great holiday dessert recipes! And, we love hearing your favorites! Be sure to leave us a link to your tried and true, or your recipe. We want to try some of them!
Ginger Apple Cookies: We love how simple these are, but that they have an unexpected twist. These are not cookies to freeze, however, so make sure you only bake them if you plan to eat them soon.
Chocolate Cake: This chocolate cake is absolutely the most popular recipe on our entire site! We receive comment after comment from people who have made this cake and have decided to make it their new go-to. If you decided to make this, know that it will probably go in your holiday dessert recipe book, and you will whip it out all the time.
3 ingredient peanut butter cookies: We love these cookies because your kids can basically make them. They are possibly the simplest cookie ever, and they are still pretty darn tasty. Add a Hershey kiss to the center and you have the classic Christmas cookie everyone loves!
Homemade Angel Food Cake Recipe: There’s just something about making things from scratch during the holidays. But for some reason, we often have the idea that angel food is hard to make. It isn’t!!! Angel food is really quite simple, so make sure you have a ton of eggs, then give this recipe a shot.
Shortbread Cookies: Shortbread is another old-school, classic recipe that just belongs. The holidays really aren’t complete without at least a few shortbread cookies in our stomachs. And shortbread is a recipe that doesn’t require any fancy ingredients at all; you almost certainly have what you need in the kitchen already.
Chocolate Covered Pretzels: Chocolate-covered pretzels are one of those desserts that we can’t usually justify in our lives. They take time, they’re messy to make, and they’re bad for you. But when the holidays come around, they are necessary. This version is pretty simple, making them less time-intensive than other options.
Microwave Fudge: Fudge is a pain. But we usually make it during the holidays anyway. Nostalgia probably. This microwave version simplifies fudge-making for us so we can take time for other things. It really is only 5 minutes to make…for real!
Peppermint Microwave Fudge: Another great version of microwave fudge with wintertime in mind. Easy to create this fun variation!
Gluten-free Honey Cheesecake: This cheesecake is a more natural version of the sugar-filled and flour-rich desserts we so love during the holidays. And unlike some gluten-free recipes, this cheesecake is just as rich and flavorful as others.
Smore Cheesecake Bites: Offer a bit of portion control with these cheesecake bites. They are easy to make, and delicious! If handmade items scare you, give these a try.
Santa Hat Brownies: Get your kids involved in the dessert-making process with these fun brownies. These are a great idea for events with smaller children and are super easy to do. And gosh, they sure are fun!
Homemade Toffee: Toffee is another holiday dessert recipe must. But most recipes are just difficult, and require a ton of ingredients. This recipe is different. Just a few ingredients and simple instructions. Beware: toffee is a fickle beast. Even the best recipe won’t turn out 100% of the time. This is one of our most popular recipes, for good reason!
Pumpkin Gingersnap Pie: Every family has “their” version of pumpkin pie, and their all different. But if you’re looking for something new, give this a try. It uses a classic pumpkin pie and adds a great topping that anyone can recreate. You’ll love it!
Molasses Cookies : This is the best molasses cookie recipe, for real! Your family will ask for these again and again. They have a rich, smooth molasses flavor (we amped up the amount of molasses!) and a soft, moist center. The perfect molasses cookie!
We hope you found reminders of some old classic recipes and maybe some new ones to try! We love hearing what you all are cooking up so be sure to leave us your recipes for cookies and treats!
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