From fudgy peppermint cookies and peanut butter pie to cheesecake brownies and pillowy cupcakes, our festive desserts will delight the young—and the young at heart—but with far less sugar, fat, and calories than traditional holiday fare. Healthier ingredients enrich classic desserts for a result that is simply spectacular. Whether you're looking for the perfect teachers' gift or the perfect late-night snack for a persnickety Santa, your kids will enjoy preparing treats for everyone on their list—not to mention themselves.
Peanut Butter Pie
Mary Frances Noveh from River Ridge, Louisiana, sent us this dessert recipe, which first appeared in December 2001. She noted it was like a "peanut butter and chocolate candy bar." If your kids love candy bars—and who doesn't—then this sweet treat might be the perfect addition to your holiday dessert spread. Several tasters in our Test Kitchen enjoyed serving this pie frozen.