These are All the Treats You Should be Baking in December

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It’s that time of year again. The days are getting shorter, the temperatures are dropping, family members are coming out of the woodwork for holiday parties and the only thing that sounds better than sipping something warm by the fire is indulging in sumptuous baked goods. ‘Tis the season for sweets — and endless excuses to indulge — so treat yourself this December. From holiday-themed cupcakes to cinnamon roll wreaths, and decadent truffles to classic chocolate cake, these sweet treats will be your saving grace at a time filled with frenzy and festivities.

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Welcome the Holidays With Homemade Gingerbread Cookies

Nothing says the holidays are upon us quite like gingerbread cookies, and whether they take the shape of little men or simply stay circular, this recipe is so good you will never need another.

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Bite Into Gooey Chocolate Brownies

While everybody knows that chocolate makes the world go round, transforming it into something as scrumptious as these fudge brownies is almost too much to handle. With only seven ingredients, you can whip up a batch of these heavenly sweets to share — but no one will judge you if you hoard them all to yourself.

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Place a Few Sugar Cookies in the Cookie Jar

When your cookie jar is running on empty, this recipe for sugar cookies from scratch is just to thing to fill it up. Make a double batch, of course, because you'll need some for you and Santa.

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Throw Together No-Bake Mini Cheesecakes

The holiday season can be busy with parties, so if you’re looking for a foolproof and fast dessert to bring along, this recipe for no-bake mini cheesecakes is a no-brainer. Grab some graham crackers, cream cheese, cupcake liners, muffin tin and assorted toppings, and you will have a gorgeous dessert before you can say “potluck."

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Add Sweetness to Your Breakfast With a Cinnamon Roll Wreath

There is nothing better than waking up on Christmas morning, unless you are waking up to the amazing aroma of a cinnamon roll wreath, too. If presents don’t get everyone out of bed, then the mouthwatering combination of cinnamon and sugary frosting certainly will.

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Forget Fruitcake and Make German Chocolate Cake

Sure, it is traditional to eat fruitcake this time of year, but switch things up with German chocolate cake instead. Its rich dark chocolate, sticky caramel and flakey coconut tastes so good, you won't even miss the fruitcake. (As if you preferred it to begin with.)

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Get Creative With Chocolate Truffles

For a thoughtful and delicious gift this holiday season, consider making several of these chocolate truffles. With endless options for garnishes, you can make different flavors for all of your friends.

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Calm Your Cookie Cravings

When your sweet tooth is aching for the buttery crunch of shortbread and the satisfaction of chocolate, this chocolate shortbread cookie has you covered. Here's a tip, though: You might want to make it after everyone else has gone to bed.

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Slice and Bake Cookies With Ease

The holidays can come with chaos, and sometimes things slip through the cracks. These slice-and-bake cookies are an excellent solution for last-minute gift giving, and since they are homemade, no one will know that you didn’t stay up all night slaving away.

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Say Ho-Ho-Hand Me Another Cupcake

Prepping for Santa can eat into your time like nobody’s business, so when baked goods seem to be at the bottom of your to-do list, consider these adorable strawberry Santa hat cupcakes. Festive, tasty and so easy to throw together, these cupcakes will come to the rescue when you have more to get done than an elf.

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