Sweet Recipes for the Holiday Season

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Brown Sugar Fudge

As the holidays quickly approach, it’s hard to contain the excitement the season brings. Stores are filled with bustling shoppers searching high and low for the gifts on their list, town squares are being decorated with evergreen wreaths, bright red bows and twinkling lights, and kids are hoping for just enough snow to cancel school.

Chocolate Candy Cane Cupcakes

While the season is a time to give thanks and visit with family, it’s also a time to eat! Food brings people together at the holidays, whether you’re enjoying a big family feast or heading to a Christmas party. Some of the tastiest dishes make an appearance around this time of year, and from pumpkin to peppermint to gingerbread, festive flavors pop up everywhere. Bite-sized appetizers and holiday birds (don’t forget the turkey!) are always something to look forward to, but scrumptious sweets abound everywhere you look. Traditional pumpkin pie, gingerbread-man cookies, peppermint candies, eggnog and rich chocolate fudge are just a few of the popular seasonal treats. And while it’s great to make these yummy desserts, it’s even better to receive them as gifts.

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Fruitcake Bars

Cookies, cakes, pies and candy are easy gifts that not only taste delicious but are also thoughtful and inexpensive. Make a big batch to split and give to friends, co-workers and teachers. Cool down decadent Chocolate Cupcakes with a Peppermint Frosting, challenge fruitcake’s reputation with moist, flavorful Fruitcake Bars or put a new spin on an old favorite with buttery Brown Sugar Fudge. Each of these simple recipes ties traditional holiday flavors into hand-held, delectable desserts that are perfect for sharing.

See more: 5 Cranberry Recipes That Add a Tart Touch to the Holidays

holiday sweets

For more delicious holiday sweets, try one of these festive recipes:


  1. Pauleta J Clawson

    March 24, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Always enjoy the opportunity to see one of your shows.
    We will be in TN (our son & family live in Fayetteville) and plan to visit your Mealhouse – like that name.
    Do you share the recipe for your banana bread with carmel topping? Did not see it listed and my husband would love to have me make it.
    Thanks for responding.

  2. peggy hogan

    November 6, 2013 at 5:52 am

    I’m looking for the recipe for fruit cake cookie that was in your magazine prob. early 2000 ‘s they had bourbon in them so good thanks for any help

  3. sallie moquin

    November 15, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    Last fall (2012) you ran a fabulous cookie recipe, may have included white chocolate chips, cranberries & nuts. Any chance of retrieving that one for me? (Love your recipes!) Thanks, -S.

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