12 Days of Holiday Desserts

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12 Days of Holiday Desserts
Photo by Gus Philippas

From gingerbread and sugar cookies to pies and cakes, this is the season when everyone has visions of sugarplums dancing in their heads. We talked to pastry chef Heather Bertinetti to get her take on 12 decadent holiday desserts.

Fudge
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Fudge

Fudge is a favorite of home cooks because it’s easy to make, and a favorite of holiday revelers because of its soft chocolatey goodness. Sink your teeth into this easy fudge recipe to feed the masses or be the star of your cookie exchange.

  • in association with Rachael Ray

Watch Just the Basics: How to Make Fudge in HD

Shortbread
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Shortbread

These buttery biscuits are seasonal staples for a reason: Their rich flavor is perfect alone, but when added to coffee or dipped in chocolate they are a cure-all for holiday mishaps.

  • in association with Rachael Ray

Watch Rich, Buttery Shortbread Cookies in HD

Chocolate Peppermint Truffles
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Chocolate Peppermint Truffles

Small helpers will love making these minty truffles almost as much as they’ll enjoy eating them. While truffles look and sound gourmet, these two-bite chocolates might be the simplest thing you make this season.

  • in association with Rachael Ray

Watch Homemade Chocolate Peppermint Truffles in HD

Peanut Brittle
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Peanut Brittle

Great for gifts and for mid-meal prep munching, peanut brittle is as sweet and seasonal as Santa himself.

  • in association with Rachael Ray

Watch How to Make Peanut Brittle in HD

Gingerbread Cookies
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Gingerbread Cookies

Sweet, spiced and everything nice, Heather’s gingerbread cookies taste like the holidays. Whether you’re building a house, making a man or just want to spice up your cookie jar, gingerbread is a must this time of year.

  • in association with Rachael Ray

Watch Gingerbread Cookies in HD

Bourbon-Chocolate-Pecan Pie
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Bourbon-Chocolate-Pecan Pie

As if traditional pecan pie wasn’t rich enough, Heather adds bourbon and semi-sweet chocolate chunks to turn a holiday classic into a sinful treat.

  • in association with Rachael Ray

Watch Decadent Bourbon-Chocolate-Pecan Pie in HD

Yule Log
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Yule Log

It looks like a tree but tastes like chocolate. The yule log is a traditional French dessert and conveniently doubles as a centerpiece.

  • in association with Rachael Ray

Watch Holiday Chocolate Yule Log in HD

Sugar Cookies
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Sugar Cookies

Grab your festive cookie cutters because sugar cookie season has finally arrived. With a recipe this simple, your only limitation is your imagination.

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Watch Quick and Easy Sugar Cookies in HD

Bread Pudding
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Bread Pudding

An elegant dessert or breakfast treat, bread pudding is a great way to put leftover bread to use. Heather walks through the basics.

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Watch How to Make Bread Pudding in HD

Peanut Butter Cookies
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Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut butter cookies are as American as apple pie, but during the holidays they’re relegated to the bottom of the cookie jar. Bring the nutty, buttery deliciousness back into the spotlight with Heather’s better-than-classic recipe.

  • in association with Rachael Ray

Watch Perfect Peanut Butter Cookies in HD

Brownie Butterscotch Cheesecake
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Brownie Butterscotch Cheesecake

Baked right on top of a brownie, this butterscotch-infused cheesecake is so rich and delicious it redefines “decadent.” Since you’re already indulging, go all out by topping it off with melted chocolate, fresh fruit or a sprinkling of powdered sugar.

  • in association with Rachael Ray

Watch Brownie Bottom Butterscotch Cheesecake in HD

Apple Cider Donuts
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Apple Cider Donuts

Lure friends and family out of the cold and into the kitchen with these sugary apple cider donuts, equally delicious alongside your morning coffee or as an afternoon pick-me-up.

  • in association with Rachael Ray

Watch Apple Cider Donuts in HD

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