These picture-perfect desserts will be the star of your holiday table.
Pie is mighty nice. In fact, pie is almost a statutory requirement during the holidays. But beyond pie are applause-worthy
desserts that will delight guests with a sweet, elegant full-stop ending to a great meal. And these treats do so with a much
lighter touch. Get ready to wow.
For those who say it's not dessert if it's not chocolate: Creamy milk chocolate mousse is sandwiched between intensely chocolaty cake layers.
View Recipe: Triple-Chocolate Cake
Our Frozen Orange Tortes with Cranberry Compote feature a jeweled cranberry topping that cascades down a fluffy ice cream
filling that's a dreamy citrus cloud.
View Recipe: Frozen Orange Tortes with Cranberry Compote
The crackly counterpoint to the silky custards occurs when you sprinkle a thin layer of sugar on top and broil to melt. The
caramel hardens as it cools.
View Recipe: Maple-Gingerbread Pots de Crème
A deliciously dense almond cake rests underneath the cheesy spiced pumpkin layer. Almond brittle adds a spectacular finishing
View Recipe: Pumpkin-Almond Cheesecake
A perfect dessert dialectic: crunchy and creamy textures, sweet and bittersweet flavors.
View Recipe: Caramel-Pecan Dacquoise
A homey comfort classic made special with a dusting of sugar and a hidden filling of apples and nuts.
View Recipe: Apple-Cinnamon Bundt Cake
This amazing tart is definitely a show stopper. Serve in a beautiful pie dish for a winning holiday dessert.
View Recipe: Meringue-Topped Cranberry Curd Tart
Unsweetened pumpkin and fresh ginger add a seasonal and unexpected twist on creamy classic flan (also known as crème caramel).
View Recipe: Double-Ginger Pumpkin Flans
Here’s the secret: You can make this pumpkin torte well ahead and freeze it. The sauce is jarred. The cook will be celebrated.
View Recipe: Pumpkin Ice Cream Torte
This coconut cake recipe is one of our readers all-time favorites. The frosting also pairs wonderfully with other cake flavors
like carrot, spice and basic white. Garnish the cake plate with sugar-frosted cranberries and rosemary sprigs.
View Recipe: Coconut Cake with Buttercream Frosting
To lighten this stunning dessert, we cut out three-quarters of a cup of oil and combined whole eggs and egg substitute. Now
with only 223 calories per slice, this centerpiece is a nutritional masterpiece.
View Recipe: Pumpkin Pie Cake
"Since most people make an effort to save room for dessert, I came up with something special. This tart combines elements
of every good dessert--flaky crust, crunchy caramelized sugar, creamy custard, and soft roasted fruit. You can make all the
components ahead of time, but brûlée the pears just before serving." —SaBrina Bone, Test Kitchen Professional
View Recipe: Roasted Pear Crème Brûlée Tart
A little coconut flour (look for it with specialty flours) adds extra nutty essence. But don't get overzealous and use more
than we specify; because this flour lacks the gluten of wheat-based cake flour, it would wreck the structure.
View Recipe: Coconut Cake with Raspberry Filling