Food & Drink

The Most Stunning Christmas Dessert Recipes Ever

The holidays just got sweeter.
12/15/2011 03:13pm ET | Updated December 17, 2015

One of the best things about the holiday season is that it gives us an excuse to make gorgeous, elaborate, totally over-the-top desserts. With all the entertaining going on during this time of year, we all deserve a dessert in our lives that will make our guests ooh and ahh -- and be impressed with our overall awesomeness. These desserts will make that happen.

Some of the recipes are as labor-intensive as they look, like our Chocolate-Malt Stump de Noel -- a playful take on the classic French dessert buche de Noel -- while others are impressive but surprisingly low maintenance, such as our Chocolate Swirl Meringue. No matter which recipe you choose to make, we promise it will be a worthy endeavor.

Gingerbread Cake With Caramel Cream Cheese Buttercream
Half Baked Harvest
Red Velvet Cake With Creme Fraiche
Hummingbird High
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Chocolate Espresso Bûche de Noël
Portuguese Girl Cooks
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Date And Honey Cake With A Cinnamon Orange Glaze
Adventures in Cooking
Hazelnut Panna Cotta
Adventures in Cooking
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Christmas White Chocolate Cranberry Layer Cake
Pineapple & Coconut
Salted Maple Apple Tarte Tatin With Vanilla Cream
Half Baked Harvest
Chocolate Sweet Potato Layer Cake With Molasses Buttercream
Love & Olive Oil
Black Forest Pavlova With Espresso Cream
The Cook Who Knew Nothing
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Roasted Pears With Espresso Mascarpone Cream
Amy Roth/Minimally Invasive
Gingerbread Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting and Candied Cranberries
Call Me Cupcake
Affogato Cake
A Spicy Perspective
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Eggnog Layer Cake
Life, Love & Sugar
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Chocolate Swirl Meringue
Chocolate Vanilla Tuxedo Cake With Raspberry White Chocolate Buttercream
Pineapple & Coconut
Peppermint Chip Layer Cake
Life Love And Sugar
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Hazelnut Chocolate Bûche De Noël
Cannelle Et Vanille
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Salted Caramel Chocolate Tart
La Receta de la Felicidad
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Sugar Plums And Currant Tart
Aran Goyoaga
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Mint Chocolate Cheesecake Bûche De Noël
Sprinkle Bakes
Sparkling Cranberry White Chocolate Bundt Cake
Life Love And Sugar
Fudge Mountain Cake
Yammie's Noshery
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