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These Christmas desserts will wow your guests this year and have them coming back for seconds

Make these easy Christmas desserts to really impress

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If you’re looking for some new, fun, and delicious Christmas desserts to make for family and friends this year, we have you covered. We know it can be daunting to find desserts that are a hit with everyone and also offer a selection for those with allergies or who don’t eat certain foods. Whether you’re hosting a big Christmas party or need something easy to bring to a friend’s house when you visit this holiday season, look no further than these classic and fun desserts that people of all ages will love.

vanilla meringue cookies
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Vanilla meringue cookies

This is an easy Christmas cooking recipe since it only has four ingredients. It can also be adjusted to make different flavors by using peppermint, almond, or orange extract. You’ll need:

  • 3 large egg whites (room temperature)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon of cream of tartar
  • 3/4 cup of granulated sugar
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Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit and line baking sheets with parchment paper. It’s best if you have a stand mixer, but an electric handheld will do. In a bowl or mixer, add the egg whites, vanilla, and cream of tartar, and mix it until it’s frothy and you see soft peaks form. Gradually add the sugar as you mix. Once all the ingredients are incorporated, beat for 5 minutes until the egg whites are glossy and stiff. Pipe onto your baking sheets and bake for 45 minutes. Let it set for 30 minutes and enjoy!

Peanut butter cookies with chocolate in the middle
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Hershey Kiss cookies

You can’t get any easier or more classic than these cookies, which are naturally gluten-free. If you want to add a twist, you can substitute Hershey’s Kisses for dark chocolate, Reese’s peanut butter cups, or peppermint kisses. You’ll need:

  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup of peanut butter
  • 1 cup of sugar

It’s that easy. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a bowl, mix together all three ingredients and place them on a lined baking sheet after forming into small balls. You can add a little more sugar to the top to give them a glossy appearance. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until the edges start to firm. Take it out of the oven and place the Hershey’s Kisses on top of the warm cookies, pressing down gently. Wait 10 minutes to cool.

Coconut macaroons
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Coconut macaroons

These melt-in-your-mouth cookies will be a new family favorite in no time. You’ll need:

  • 1 1/3 cups of sweetened shredded coconut (make sure it’s sweetened)
  • 1/3 cup of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of flour
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. In a bowl or mixer, combine the coconut, sugar, flour, and salt together. Once mixed, add in the egg whites and vanilla and mix again. Form rounded balls and place them on a greased baking sheet. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until they start to brown on top. Let them cool down and enjoy! These are the perfect addition to your Christmas coffee table.

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Peppermint cheesecake

Peppermint candies and minty festive Christmas cookies are a quintessential holiday flavor. A peppermint cheesecake melds the rich indulgence of cheesecake with the holiday’s iconic peppermint flavors. Here’s a simple recipe:

  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1/2 cup crushed peppermint candies or candy canes
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • Whipped cream and additional crushed peppermint for garnish

Start by preheating your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine graham cracker crumbs, 1/4 cup of sugar, and melted butter, creating a crumbly mixture that serves as the crust’s foundation. Press this mixture firmly into the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan, forming the crust.

In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese until it reaches a smooth consistency. Incorporate 1 cup of granulated sugar, along with the eggs, vanilla extract, and peppermint extract, ensuring a thorough blend of these delightful flavors. Gently fold in the crushed peppermint candies, infusing the creamy cheesecake batter with the festive essence of peppermint. Carefully pour this cream cheese mixture over the prepared crust within the pan, ensuring an even distribution.

Bake for approximately 45 to 50 minutes, or until the cheesecake’s edges have set, while the center retains a gentle jiggle. With the baking complete, turn off the oven and crack the door open, allowing the cheesecake to cool gradually inside for about an hour.

Once cooled, carefully remove from the oven and place in the refrigerator, allowing it to chill for a minimum of 4 hours or overnight. This ensures the cheesecake achieves its perfect consistency. Before serving, whip 1 cup of heavy cream until stiff peaks form, creating a luscious topping.

That’s four easy, delicious ideas to get your creative juices flowing. None of these take much time, which, during the holiday season — with all the extensive Christmas decorating and gift shopping — we all lack. We promise your guests will happily partake in one (or five) of these festive Christmas desserts. Happy holidays!

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