Editors' Favorite Holiday Desserts

From gooey bread pudding to slow cooker cake, these mouthwatering desserts are our editors' top picks this holiday season.

  • Chocolate Mint Pots de Crème
    Thomas J. Story

    Chocolate Mint Pots de Crème

    These elegant, individual custards can be made a few days ahead of time for a party. Allowing the mint to steep in the milk and cream intensifies the flavor. If you like a rich custard, use all cream.
  • Buttermilk Bundt Cakes
    Photo: Romulo Yanes; Styling: Sarah Smart

    Buttermilk Bundt Cakes

    Here we offer three options for garnishing these adorable, delicious cakes: Simply dust with powdered sugar, pipe a bit of glaze over the top, or completely dunk the cakes for a heavier coating. Make the cakes up to two weeks ahead. Wrap them tightly in plastic wrap and freeze, omitting any garnishes.
  • Chocolate-Pecan Chess Pie
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia Degaris Pursell

    Chocolate-Pecan Chess Pie

    Dark, rich, and intensely chocolatey, this is our favorite new twist on pecan pie. Make it even more special and serve with sweetened whipped cream.
  • Double Chocolate Bread Pudding with Dulce de Leche
    Photo: Ryan Benyi; Styling: Stephana Bottom

    Double Chocolate Bread Pudding with Dulce de Leche

    Chocolate bread pudding just got better with the addition of decadent dulce de leche.
  • Maple-Glazed Pumpkin-Cranberry Coffee Cake
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Linda Hirst

    Pumpkin-Cranberry Coffee Cake

    This moist, pretty cake features your favorite holiday flavors--warm spices, tangy cranberries, and sweet maple syrup.
  • Brown Sugar Souffles with Creme Anglaise
    Photo: John Autry; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

    Brown Sugar Soufflés with Crème Anglaise

    The combination of brown sugar and browned butter gives this rich dessert an intense caramel flavor.
  • Caramal-Mocha-Sea Salt Cupcakes
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro

    Caramel-Mocha-Sea Salt Cupcakes

    This cupcake is a combination of salty and sweet blended with mocha.
  • Cranberry-Apple Pie
    Photo: Charles Masters

    Cranberry-Apple Pie

    This juicy double-crusted beauty combines two favorite fall flavors. Grade B maple syrup is less refined and has a stronger maple taste, though grade A will work just fine in this recipe.
  • Grapefruit Pound Cake
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Grapefruit Pound Cake

    This sweet, tangy cake blossoms from the floral essence of grated grapefruit rind while fresh grapefruit juice packs refreshing flavor into the powdered sugar glaze.
  • Bread Pudding with Salted Caramel Sauce
    Oxmoor House

    Bread Pudding with Salted Caramel Sauce

    The layer of sauce in the middle of this decadent bread pudding is the secret to this velvety-rich interior.
  • Double Apple Cake
    Oxmoor House

    Double Apple Cake

    If you’re an apple lover, look no further for dessert than this tasty cake recipe. It takes just 1 to 1 1/2 hours to bake in the slow cooker, making this apple cake the perfect, mouth-watering treat for busy holiday gatherings.
  • Tiramisu Bread Pudding
    Oxmoor House

    Tiramisu Bread Pudding

    Drizzled with a rich mascarpone cheese sauce, this moist, coffee- and Kahlúa-flavored bread pudding offers the flavors of its Italian dessert namesake. Plus, it bakes in the slow cooker so you won't have to worry about competing for oven space.
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