5 Portable, Make-Ahead Holiday Desserts

Easy to make and even easier to transport, these treats are perfect for potlucks. Or, give them to guests as a memorable party favor.  

1

Orange & Walnut Palmiers

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Photo by Caitlin Bensel

Puff pastry comes to the rescue yet again. You’ve surely seen palmiers, also known as elephant ears or palm leaves, at bakeries. These French cookies are loved for their buttery taste and caramelized sugar exterior. Now you can easily make these impressive-looking cookies at home, and bring them to your next holiday gathering. Sweetened with honey and flavored with orange zest, these palmiers are reminiscent of baklava.

Get the recipe: Orange & Walnut Palmiers


2

Chocolate Pecan Fudge Balls

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Photo by Caitlin Bensel

These decadent bites require very little hands-on time. Gather the whole family to help you roll the fudge-like mixture into bite-size balls for the start of what is sure to become a fun holiday tradition. After a trip to the fridge, these treats hold their shape and are easy to transport in mini cupcake liners (which will also add a pop of color to your table).

Get the recipe: Chocolate Pecan Fudge Balls


3

Apple Butter Rice Pudding

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Photo by Caitlin Bensel

This comforting rice pudding brings the flavors of the holidays into a single-serve dessert. Luxuriously creamy and just sweet enough, this pudding pairs well with any flavor of jam, or, our personal favorite, apple butter. Spooning the mixture into mini mason jars makes them easy to transport. Plus, it tastes great warm, chilled, or at room temperature.

Get the recipe: Apple Butter Rice Pudding



4

Strawberry Dusted Meringues

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Photo by Caitlin Bensel

These stunning bites are crispy on the outside and just the right amount of chewy on the inside. To make the fruit powder, pulse freeze-dried fruit in a food processor—it will create a dust that looks borderline magical, and takes airy meringues to the next level. Freeze-dried strawberries or cranberries make these festive for the holidays, but experiment with other fruits throughout the year.

Get the recipe:  Strawberry Dust Meringues


5

Campari and Cranberry Jello Shots

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Photo by Brie Passano

We're firm believers that you're never too old for jello. These jello shots are spiked with Campari and cranberry juice, and the sparkly rim (made with orange zest and sugar) is a nod to frosted glass on a snowy day. The easy-to-transport treat is great as both a post-dinner pick me up and a pre-dinner aperitif. Guests will love how festive they are.

Get the recipe: Campari and Cranberry Jello Shots