30 Simply Delicious Holiday Desserts
A true holiday mainstay, here sweetened with a bit of maple syrup.
Get the recipe for Maple Pumpkin Pie.
Not much of a pie eater? Cream-filled pumpkin sandwiches make a fine alternative.
If you feel your meal is not complete without chocolate (and who could blame you?), try a creamy, old-fashioned homemade pudding.
Not your same-old apple pie, a twist on the crumb-topped classic is spiked with ginger.
Served by New England colonists, this dense molasses-sweetened pudding is still beloved in the region.
An inventive variation on a standard: pumpkin served up in a cheesecake.
Get the recipe for Pumpkin Cheesecake.
No one needs to know that these elegant gourmet-candy-shop treats were actually whipped up in your kitchen.
This layered confection starts with ladyfingers dipped in a blend of espresso and rum.
Citrus zest, orange juice, and orange liqueur give this cake its flavor.
For a fresh take on the jelly roll, fill it with strawberries and cream.
A delectable combination of apples, pecans, brown sugar, and butter is baked until golden brown, then served warm with ice cream.
Something for your younger guests: pumpkin cupcakes swirled with a sweet cream cheese icing.
A free-form pastry crust encloses a mix of sliced apples and pears.
Elegant-looking but oh-so-easy, this chocolate-shaving-topped dessert is ready in minutes.
You can use stale bread for more than just stuffing, like layering it into an indulgent apple-and-cinnamon concoction.
There’s a place of honor on southern tables for the earthy, cinnamon-and-nutmeg–spiced sweet potato pie.
Plain and simple, with full-on pumpkin taste.
A rich layer of whipped cream and chocolate shavings top a luscious chocolate filling.
Easy but impressive, an eggnog-flavored custard is a great kickoff to the festive season.
A baked apple-and-walnut treat seems like the quintessence of fall.
This foolproof winner works equally with a store-bought piecrust or a homemade one, if you’re feeling more ambitious.
Rice pudding, yes, but with a surprising addition: canned pumpkin.
Pumpkin lends itself to so many delicious and inventive variations: Here, it’s combined with pears in a crumble.
Don’t you love recipes that allow you to cut a few corners and save time? An option here is to use bags of presliced apples.
Make this treat the day before serving and check dessert prep off your list; just bake it when ready and serve warm with whipped cream.
Get the recipe for Chocolate Bread Pudding.