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    Holiday Desserts Guaranteed to Spread Smiles

    Holiday Desserts Guaranteed to Spread Smiles

    Nothing says holiday cheer like homemade treats so we combed our favorite sites in search of recipes for holiday desserts that are sure to please! Have a favorite recipe of your own? Let us know on Facebook  or Instagram!

    Eggnog Cupcakes

    The creamy, delicious frosting on these festive cupcakes is a great way to finish off leftover eggnog. Go ahead and use a packaged pound cake mix but make sure to use fresh grated nutmeg for classic Christmas flavor. From Allrecipes.

    Photo Credit: Allrecipes

    What You’ll Need


    1 (16 oz.) package pound cake mix
    1 1/4 cups eggnog
    2 large eggs
    1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

    1/2 cup softened butter
    1 (3 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
    1 (16 oz.) package confectioners’ sugar
    1/4 cup eggnog


    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line muffin cups with paper liners.
    2. Beat cake mix, eggnog, eggs, nutmeg, and vanilla using an electric mixer on low until batter is blended. Increase speed to medium and beat for 2 more minutes. Spoon batter into paper cups.
    3. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean, about 18 to 20 minutes. Transfer cupcakes to a wire rack to cool.
    4. While the cupcakes are in the oven, beat butter and cream cheese together in a bowl until smooth and creamy.
    5. Gradually incorporate confectioners’ sugar, alternating with small amounts of 1/4 cup eggnog and ending with confectioners’ sugar, into butter mixture using an electric mixer until icing is smooth and fluffy.
    6. Beat 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract and 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg into icing until incorporated.
    7. Spread icing over cooled cupcakes.

    Christmas Tree Sheet Cake

    This festive recipe from Country Living is perfect for family gatherings. If you’re short on time, use a boxed cake mix and add sprinkles for an extra touch of holiday fun. In addition, you can invite everyone to join in the decorating by setting up an array of toppings like peppermint candies and M&M’s!

    Photo Credit: Country Living

    What You’ll Need

    Cooking spray
    3 1/3 c. cake flour, spooned and leveled
    1 1/2 tbsp. baking powder
    3/4 Kosher salt
    1 3/4 c. milk
    2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
    1 tbsp. pure vanilla extract
    3/4 c. (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
    2 1/4 c. sugar
    6 large egg whites
    1 c. colored rainbow sprinkles
    1 recipe White Vanilla Frosting
    2 tbsp. sifted unsweetened cocoa powder
    40 drops green food coloring

    Candy: Yellow sour candy balls and mini white, red, and yellow M&Ms; caramel popcorn; red gumdrops; red sour candy balls; regular white and red M&Ms; starlight mints; brown M&Ms; and Raisinettes


    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.
    2. Stir together milk, lemon juice, and vanilla in a separate bowl.
    3. Beat butter and sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy. Add egg whites one at a time.
    4. Reduce mixer speed to low and beat in flour mixture and milk mixture alternately, starting and ending with flour mixture, just until incorporated.
    5. Stir in sprinkles. Transfer batter to a 9″-x-13″ baking pan lined with parchment paper.
    6. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 40 to 50 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
    7. Transfer 3/4 cup frosting to a bowl. Add cocoa powder and stir to combine. Dye remaining frosting with green food coloring.
    8. Place template on cake and cut pieces with a long serrated knife.
    9. Assemble tree pieces on a serving platter, attaching them with a little green frosting, and frost with the remainder of the green icing.
    10. Assemble stump, attaching pieces with a little brown frosting, and frost with the rest of the brown icing.
    11. Create star with yellow sour candy balls and mini M&Ms, garland with caramel popcorn, and decorate tree with red gumdrops, red sour candy balls, mini white and red M&Ms, regular white and red M&Ms, and starlight mints. Decorate stump with brown M&Ms and Raisinettes.

    Candy Cane Cookies

    They may look like a lot of work but these cookies are as easy to make as they are to eat. The key is to briefly chill the dough before baking to ensure they keep their shape. From Sandra Lee.

    Photo Credit: Sandra Lee

    What You’ll Need

    1 box sugar cookie mix
    1/2 stick butter, melted
    1 egg
    1/3 cup softened cream cheese
    1/2 cup all-purpose flour, plus additional for surface
    Red food coloring
    1 1/2 teaspoons peppermint extract


    1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. In a bowl, mix together sugar cookie mix, melted butter, egg, cream cheese, and flour.
    2. Divide dough into equal portions in separate bowls. Add red food coloring gradually to 1 portion until desired shade of red is created.
    3. Add peppermint extract to second bowl of dough. On a floured work surface, shape each dough into balls and then roll each ball into 1/4-inch-wide ropes about 6 inches long.
    4. For each cookie, twist the red and white ropes of dough together and shape into a candy cane. Chill cookies in refrigerator for 10 to 15 minutes.
    5. Spread candy canes out on cookie sheets and bake about 10 to 12 minutes. Cool on a wire rack before serving.

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