Last-Minute Holiday Desserts

Got company? These quick and easy desserts using on-hand ingredients are perfect for hectic holiday entertaining.

  • Pears with Rosemary Sugar
    Photo: David Prince

    Pears with Rosemary Sugar

    Top pear wedges with a drizzle of orange juice and a sprinkle of rosemary and sugar for a sweet and savory treat that's ready in about five minutes.
  • Rocky Road-Peanut Butter Candy Cups
    Photo: Oxmoor House

    Rocky Road-Peanut Butter Candy Cups

    "Rocky road" gets its name from the combination of chocolate, miniature marshmallows and nuts. It take about 5 minutes to make these candy cups, then they can chill while you're having dinner.
  • Keoke Coffee
    Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Randy Mon

    Keoke Coffee

    Sometimes after a big holiday meal, a luscious coffee drink is the perfect dessert.
  • Quick Pear-Ginger Crisps

    Quick Pear-Ginger Crisps

    Use what you have on hand--canned pears, gingersnaps and walnut pieces--to make these quick and easy fruit crisps.
  • Chocolate Bruschetta
    Randy Mayor; Cindy Barr

    Chocolate Bruschetta

    Let bruschetta take a turn as a dessert instead of an appetizer as you top the toasted bread slices with chocolate and orange rind.
  • Baked Compote of Winter Fruit
    Becky Luigart-Stayner; Lydia DeGaris-Pursell

    Baked Compote of Winter Fruit

    Classic seasonal fruits really shine in this simple dessert. Top sliced apples and pears with a sweet-and-tart sauce made from cranberries, wine, apple cider, lemon rind, and applesauce and bake. For an even richer treat, serve with creamy vanilla ice cream.
  • Individual Chocolate Melting Cakes
    Photo: William Meppem

    Individual Chocolate Melting Cakes

    Baking these decadent, 5-star cakes in muffin tins makes it easy to divvy them up among your guests. For the best texture, be sure not to cook them for too long; you want the cakes to still be gooey in the middle. Serve with storebought caramel sauce and coffee ice cream for the ultimate indulgence.
  • Dark Chocolate Mulled Wine Sauce
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Jan Gautro

    Dark Chocolate Mulled Wine Sauce

    Chocolate and red wine make for a great date, so why not let this classic pairing inspire your next dessert? Red wine mulled with holiday spices lends intense depth to the chocolate flavor in this easy homemade sauce, perfect for serving over ice cream.
  • Brandy-Vanilla Cheesecake Dip
    Charles Walton IV

    Brandy-Vanilla Cheesecake Dip

    Serve this delicious 3-ingredient dip in a fancy dish alongside fruit and cookies, and your guests will never guess how easy it really is! Simply mix brandy and vanilla extract with ready-to-eat cheesecake filling and voila! You're done.
  • Hello Dolly Bars
    Oxmoor House

    Hello Dolly Bars

    These easy bar cookies are also known as "Magic Bars" or "Seven-Layer Bars," depending on where you live. Layer semisweet chocolate chips, butterscotch morsels, sweetened coconut, and toasted, chopped pecans over a homemade graham cracker crust and soak with fat-free sweetened condensed milk. Bake at 350º and in just 25 minutes you'll have a sugary, sticky goodness that guests are sure to devour!

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