They look impressive and taste divine, but the really extraordinary thing about these fabulous desserts is how easy they are to prepare.
Enjoy tender coconut-pecan cake layers filled with pecan pie filling. The top and sides of the cake are spread with cream
cheese frosting and sprinkled with toasted coconut and pecans for an impressive (but super-easy) finish.
Use salted butter and bring the filling to a rolling boil before pouring it over the crust.
For festive holiday flair, prepare these individual desserts in mugs or ramekins. Chocolate curls complete the presentation.
Never fearing too much of a good thing, we topped our best-ever brownie batter with a ribbon of feather-light cheesecake,
and poured on a chocolate truffle glaze.
The recipe makes 2 triple-layered treats – perfect for serving a crowd or sharing as a gift.
Recruit your children or grandchildren to help you decorate these festive reindeer cookies. Break pretzels into antler shapes
and add chocolate chips for eyes and a red cinnamon candy as a nose.
Velvety chocolate cake filled with peppermint tastes like a scrumptious peppermint pattie.
A delicious twist on our favorite Hummingbird Cake, this recipe is so simple to make you won't believe you started from scratch. Super-moist cake layers, flavored with fig
preserves and a sprinkling of holiday spice, are paired with cream cheese frosting for an irresistible treat.
Easy-to-swirl frosting is only the beginning. Slice into this sweet sensation to reveal its true charm―velvety-rich ganache
in layers of moist chocolate cake. Frosting Tip: Using an offset spatula, spread frosting over cake. Then use a spoon from
your kitchen drawer to create whimsical swirls.
Easy as icebox pie, this party-pretty tart pairs the bright fresh flavors of lemon and orange with a crisp gingersnap crust.
It's just the right finish for a rich holiday meal, and freezes beautifully. Prepare the tart up to 1 month ahead, omitting
the whipped cream and garnish; chill as directed. Remove the metal rim of the tart pan; cover and freeze in a zip-top freezer
bag. Thaw overnight in refrigerator; add whipped cream and garnish up to 4 hours before serving.
These luscious little gems are so quick to fix you can make dozens at a time. Inexpensive shot glasses sparkle as contemporary
dessert dishes. For large parties, miniature (5-oz.) clear-plastic tumblers, available from party stores, are a great option.
A lavish amount of melted chocolate and sour cream gives these moist cake layers a tender, velvet-textured crumb. The recipe
is a favorite with our Foods staff – one we use often for celebrations throughout the year. You'll find lots of imaginative
ways to bake and frost the cake layers listed with the recipe for the batter.
A New Orleans specialty, this simple but ethereal dessert is nothing short of spectacular. It takes just minutes to put together,
and bakes while everyone enjoys the main meal.
Recipe Link: Bread Pudding With Vanilla Sauce
A burst of sweet-tart cranberry sauce lies at the bottom of these creamy, double-rich custards. Prepare the custards a day
ahead, and chill. Crisp, paper-thin crusts of caramelized sugar are added just before serving – all it takes is a few minutes
under the broiler. For the best flavor and texture, choose a quality white chocolate with cocoa butter listed as the primary
Recipe Link: White Chocolate-Cranberry Créme Brulée
Down-home comfort takes an upscale spin in this spirited version of banana pudding. Vanilla wafers, laced with bourbon and
rum, and crunchy bits of chocolate-covered toffee bars make it too delicious to resist.
Still warm from the oven or tucked away to season in a secret hiding place, golden-crusted pound cakes are loved by everyone.
We serve them any time of day or night, and have even been known to butter and toast a slice or two for breakfast. A colorful
confetti of red and green maraschino cherries makes this merry little cake a hit with all ages.
A star-tipped pastry bag makes quick work of piping these festive little cream puffs, but you can also shape small dollops
of dough with a pair of teaspoons. Bake them up to a month ahead; cool completely, and freeze in zip-top plastic bags. We
chose vanilla bean ice cream as a filling, but butter-pecan or dulce-de-leche are also a great match for the compote. Or,
change the flavor combination and use coffee ice cream and caramel sauce to create a fun twist on the popular pumpkin spiced
Recipe Link: Pumpkin-Spiced Profiteroles With Warm Cranberry Compote
A decadent trio of dark chocolate cake layers is the delicious surprise inside this festive package. There's no need to worry
about picture-perfect swirls of frosting – just spread it on. Then decorate like a pro simply by pressing finely chopped white
chocolate and almonds into the top and sides of the cake. Tie on a ribbon, and you have a stunning dessert that tastes every
bit as good as it looks.
Mindi’s Doughnuts and Easy Raspberry Sauce dessert is a nod to a fried, jelly-filled pastry often eaten at Hanukkah. For a
fun look, offer guests individual servings using curved appetizer spoons and fancy party picks.
Soul-soothing Sweet Potato-Buttermilk Pie starts with a refrigerated piecrust. We recommend baking it in the morning, letting
it cool, and serving it at room temperature.
This marbled cake is a treat for chocoholics. The rich, creamy frosting blends coffee with cocoa for a delightful mocha flavor.
Make a classic white cake for Christmas this year. This recipe starts with boxed mix, then adds a few key ingredients to make
the end result light, fluffy, and totally delicious.
A red velvet filling is spiked with cocoa, topped with a creamy cheesecake layer, and baked in a dark chocolate crust.
Imagine the most luscious red velvet cake you've ever tasted...then try this decadent twist. The chocolate-filled brownie
and cream cheese frosting won't disappoint. Garnish with white chocolate curls.
The bourbon-soaked fruits and bold flavors in this rustic pie make it an adults-only dessert. Splurge for a premium brandy
or bourbon—it’s worth it.
Chocolate lovers will swoon over this chocolate-filled, chocolate ganache-topped cheesecake. Plus, it's easy to make ahead
and pull out of the refrigerator after dinner. Follow our instructions to make the festive snowflake topper.
Eat these moist and delicious soufflés straight out of the oven. Dust with them with powdered sugar and top with cool and
creamy Whipped Sour Cream.
A crown of Sugared Pecans adds a deliciously nutty crunch to this five-star cake. A gentle tap sends it tumbling from one
pan, perfectly fluted and party ready. Plus, it freezes beautifully, feeds a houseful of guests, and travels remarkably well.
Just don’t expect to bring back any leftovers.
This ultimate recipe is the most requested in Southern Living magazine history and frequents covered dish dinners all across the South, always receiving rave reviews.
Save time and stress with this elegant make-ahead dessert your guests will love.
Red velvet cake and fresh raspberries star in this festive, elegant trifle. You'll love the flavor of the blend of cake, cream
cheese mixture, and berries.
Learn how to make these adorable Christmas cookies with your kids.
This impressive dessert isn't difficult, but do plan ahead. Preheat the oven, and just before sitting down to dinner, pop
the soufflés in. When done, serve them all puffed up and gorgeous.