NEED SOME SWEET INSPIRATION for Christmas or New Year’s? Here are links to a dozen desserts that have appeared on my holiday table over the years. Most are easy to make, some are gluten-free, and all are guaranteed to wow the crowd!
Ice Cream Tart with Gingersnap Crust. The “ice-cream” is simply whipped cream, infused with lemon zest, orange zest, and brandy. Yes, brandy. Use gluten-free gingersnaps, and even the wheat-sensitive can enjoy this awesomeness. The recipe.
Dreamy Cinnamon Rolls. I make these rolls for Christmas breakfast each year. They are gooey, sweet, knock-your-socks-off delicious. Here’s the recipe.
Victoria Cake. This week, why not invite a few friends for tea? You can serve Queen Victoria’s favorite tea “sandwich” — cream and jam, spread between layers of moist sponge cake. Delicious…and easy. The recipe.
Cranberry Orange Bars. Sweet. Tart. Moist. Crumbly. And a cinch to make. Make them for yourself…or for someone you love. The Recipe.
Autumn Spice Cookies. These are crisp, tender, and perfectly perfumed with molasses, cinnamon, and allspice. Just call them “Christmas Spice Cookies”, and you’re all set. The recipe.
Strawberry Souffle. Because this light-as-a-feather dessert can be made with frozen strawberries, and because it goes so well with champagne, I’m serving it — yet again — on New Year’s Eve. The recipe.
Cognac Cookies. These grown-up treats are light, buttery, and gently infused with orange-cognac. If you are over the age of twenty-one, I beg you to try them. They are incredibly easy to make. The recipe.
Monkey Bread. If you’ve never made this sweet, cinnamon-spiced dessert from scratch, I beg you to do so. Immediately. All you need is some sweet yeast dough and a Bundt pan. The recipe.
Glazed Apple Tart.What can you do with a little pastry dough, two apples, and a jar of apricot preserves? Why, you can turn them into a glistening French apple tart. Believe it or not, this bit of poetry is easy to make! The recipe.
Panna Cotta. Have you tried this Tuscan treat? It’s glamorous. It’s gluten-free. And it’s outrageously delicious. You can prepare it in 10 minutes or less, just as I do. The recipe.
Chocolate Layer Cake with Milk Chocolate Frosting. Naturally-moist, euphorically-dense, and decadently-delicious. One bite and you’ll hear angels sing. The recipe.
Cranberry Almond Tart. I made this tart for Thanksgiving, and I’ll probably make it again for Christmas. The ruby fruit and crunchy almonds are set in homemade caramel sauce. Delicious, delicious, delicious. The recipe.
Do any of these desserts look tempting to you? You can let me know by leaving a comment. Meanwhile, Merry Christmas everyone!
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