Last-Minute Holiday Desserts
Got company? These quick and easy desserts using on-hand ingredients are perfect for hectic holiday entertaining.
Pears with Rosemary SugarTop 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"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 CoffeeSometimes after a big holiday meal, a luscious coffee drink is the perfect dessert.
Quick Pear-Ginger CrispsUse what you have on hand--canned pears, gingersnaps and walnut pieces--to make these quick and easy fruit crisps.
Chocolate BruschettaLet 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 FruitClassic 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 CakesBaking 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 SauceChocolate 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 DipServe 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 BarsThese 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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