We’ve compiled an assortment of tasty, quick and simple dessert recipes
1. Slice-and-Bake Shortbread Cookies
This easy-to-make dough recipe from Country Living can be turned into three different cookies guaranteed to satisfy everyone’s cravings – even Santa! The recipe features three flavours - chocolate, lemon, and fruit-and-nut, but the versatility of the dough allows you to add any ingredient you wish.
2. Melt-in-the-middle Espresso Martini Brownies
Brownies can sometimes be seen as overly simple and uninspiring, but this recipe adds some holiday indulgence to spice things up. In only 30 minutes of your time you’ll have whipped up a decadent treat worthy of any Christmas party.
3. Vanilla Panna Cotta with Pomegranate
This incredibly festive recipe is a treat for the eyes and taste buds. Requiring no oven use, the mild sweetness of the panna cotta and complex lemon, coconut, and pomegranate flavours make for a spectacular dessert. Feel free to have two!
4. Millionaire's Bars
What’s better than layers of shortbread, caramel, and chocolate? The crispiness of the shortbread, added with the chewiness of the caramel, and the bittersweet dark chocolate makes a delicious treat that lives up to its name. The New York Times cooking section offers an easy-to-follow recipe, or go for the no-bake version here.
5. Cinnamon Sugar Apple Pie
No Christmas dinner is complete without a traditional pie. Sticking to the basics, this Bon Appétit recipe balances the tartness of the crisp apples with the sweetness of cinnamon and sugar. For more inspiration, browse Taste of Home’s 40 Christmas pie recipes for a sweeter holiday season.