Sweet Recipes for the Holiday Season

November 9, 2013

By Rachel Bertone

Brown Sugar Fudge

As the holidays quickly approach, it’s hard to contain the excitement the season brings. Stores are filled with bustling shoppers searching high and low for the gifts on their list, town squares are being decorated with evergreen wreaths, bright red bows and twinkling lights, and kids are hoping for just enough snow to cancel school.

Chocolate Candy Cane Cupcakes

While the season is a time to give thanks and visit with family and friends, it’s also a time to eat! Food brings people together at the holidays, whether you’re enjoying a big family feast or heading to a Christmas party. Some of the tastiest dishes make an appearance around this time of year, and from pumpkin to peppermint to gingerbread, festive flavors pop up everywhere. Bite-sized appetizers and holiday birds (don’t forget the turkey!) are always something to look forward to, but scrumptious sweets abound everywhere you look. Traditional pumpkin pie, gingerbread-man cookies, peppermint candies, eggnog and rich chocolate fudge are just a few of the popular seasonal treats. And while it’s great to make these yummy desserts, it’s even better to receive them as gifts.

Fruitcake Bars

Cookies, cakes, pies and candy are easy gifts that not only taste delicious but are also thoughtful and inexpensive. Make a big batch to split and give to friends, co-workers and teachers. Cool down decadent chocolate cupcakes with a bright peppermint frosting, challenge fruitcake’s reputation with moist, flavorful fruitcake bars or put a new spin on an old favorite with buttery brown sugar fudge. Each of these simple recipes tie traditional holiday flavors into hand-held, delectable desserts that are perfect for sharing.

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Fruitcake Bars

Chocolate Candy Cane Cupcakes

Brown Sugar Fudge

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

For more delicious holiday sweets, try one of these festive recipes:

All American Apple Pie

Festive Peppermint Fudge

Apple Caramel Cheesecake

The Best Pumpkin Pie

Black Bottom Pecan Pie

Gingersnap Cookies with White Chocolate Drizzle

Five Layer Red Velvet Cake

Sweet Potato Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

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  1. Pauleta J Clawson says:

    Always enjoy the opportunity to see one of your shows.
    We will be in TN (our son & family live in Fayetteville) and plan to visit your Mealhouse – like that name.
    Do you share the recipe for your banana bread with carmel topping? Did not see it listed and my husband would love to have me make it.
    Thanks for responding.

  2. peggy hogan says:

    I’m looking for the recipe for fruit cake cookie that was in your magazine prob. early 2000 ‘s they had bourbon in them so good thanks for any help

  3. sallie moquin says:

    Last fall (2012) you ran a fabulous cookie recipe, may have included white chocolate chips, cranberries & nuts. Any chance of retrieving that one for me? (Love your recipes!) Thanks, -S.