11 delicious desserts that are perfect for your holiday party


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Create some holiday cheer with one of the following 11 dessert recipes. We include something for everyone — whether you want to indulge a little, show off your creative side or keep things gluten-free and low in sugar and calories.


1. Plum Upside Down Cake

Source: Erren's Kitchen 

We love this recipe for plum upside-down cake from Erren’s Kitchen. She made it for Thanksgiving, but it works just as well at any holiday party. Take some to the office and enjoy your hero status.


2. Chocolate Nutella Yule Log Cake

Source: Sweet Paul 

We realize that Nutella got no love in our hot chocolate roundup, so we redeem ourselves by including this recipe for chocolate Nutella Yule log cake from Sweet Paul.


3. Peppermint Bark

Source: Sally's Baking Addiction 

This recipe for peppermint bark from Sally’s Baking Addiction is seriously easy to make. It’s also easily adaptable. We added some coconut flakes and a teaspoon of coconut extract to about 6 ounces of melted milk chocolate. Good stuff!


4. Strawberry and Vanilla Macaroon Trifle

Source: Passionate About Baking 

Passionate About Baking serves up Christmas in a glass with this strawberry and vanilla macaroon trifle. You’ll never dismiss gelatin again.


5. Skinny Cranberry Bliss Bars

Source: Skinny Taste

Why do we love Skinny Taste? Because of recipes like this cranberry bliss bar — a lightened-up version of the Starbucks confection. Skinny Taste cut the fat and calories by more than half, without sacrificing any of the flavor. The original bar is 340 calories with 19 grams of fat; Skinny Taste’s is 149 calories with 5 grams of fat. BAM!


6. Decorated Pretzel Cabins

Source: Worth Pinning 

Worth Pinning made a gingerbread house out of pretzels. And we could not resist it.


7. Brown Butter Tart with Blackberries

Source: Key Ingredient 

When done right, tarts are never too sweet. A combination of mouthwatering fruit and creamy goodness, tarts are almost refreshing. Here’s an excellent recipe for blackberry tarts from Key Ingredient.


8. Christmas Trees with Chocolate Orange Cream

Source: A Recipe for Aperture 

The marriage of chocolate and orange is a beautiful thing. It’s why we think you should get your hands on Jaffa Cakes and Chocolate Oranges, if you haven’t done so already. We were, therefore, thrilled to find this recipe from A Recipe for Aperture for chocolate trees with chocolate orange cream, which are perfect for the holiday!


9. Low-Sugar Gluten-Free Cranberry Apple Crisp

Source: Kalyn's Kitchen 

Don’t forget gluten intolerant guests at your holiday party! They like dessert, too, you know. Try this recipe for cranberry apple crisp from Kalyn’s Kitchen, which is low in sugar, too.


10. Christmas Pudding with Vin Santo

Source: Jamie Oliver 

Jamie Oliver delivers with this lightened-up version of the traditional Christmas Pudding served in the U.K.


11. Chocolate Peppermint Trifle

Source: Eclectic Recipes 

And if you liked that strawberry gelatin trifle, you’ll love this chocolate peppermint one from Eclectic Recipes. Move over and hand us a spoon.