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11 Holiday Dessert Recipes

Words by: Family Farm Team

The holiday season is the time to give it all you've got in the kitchen: so go ahead and make those showstopping soufflés, bourbon-spiked cheesecake, and impossibly creamy chocolate mousse. Whether you're hosting extended family or venturing home for the holidays, a great dessert is always a welcome sight after the Christmas ham or New Year's roast has been finished off. These recipes range from bold and rich to simple and bright, but any one of them is guaranteed to shine on your holiday dessert table, no matter the occasion.

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1. Pumpkin Cheesecake with Maple and Bourbon

This seasonal flavor isn't just for Thanksgiving! If you're a lover of all things pumpkin and pumpkin spice, make this majestic pumpkin cheesecake the star of your after-dinner spread. It starts with a buttery graham cracker crust and ends with a sour cream topping, both sandwiching the luscious maple-bourbon-pumpkin cheesecake batter in between.

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2. Spiced Apple Loaf

A quick bread (think banana or zucchini bread) is an excellent choice for anyone who can't seem to catch their breath amidst the chaos that is the month of December. If you're still working through that Christmas shopping list, don't worry: this spiced apple loaf is fairly hands-off and not nearly as complicated to make as a layered cake or even a pie—and that includes the cream cheese frosting.

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3. Pavlova Snowballs

Even if the world outside your door is lacking in the winter wonderland department, these charming pavlovas will make whatever holiday you're celebrating feel magical. The delicate "snowballs" are dusted with shredded coconut and topped with dollops of homemade whipped cream, making them just a tad lighter and airier than your average wintertime dessert.

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4. Gingerbread Soufflés

Exuding warmth, spice, and that cozy holiday feeling, these soufflés are the ultimate endeavor for even the less experienced baker. Sure, they require some patience and precision, but pulling the stunning, perfectly risen pockets of gingerbread from the oven makes it all worthwhile. They're keto-friendly too, so they'll bring everyone at your table together.

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5. Caramel Apple Cheesecake

Having trouble choosing between pie and cake? Here's your solution: the best of both worlds. Apple pie filling, a trifecta of warm spices, and a three-ingredient caramel sauce all make this cheesecake worthy of adding to your prized collection of spotlight-stealing and crowd-pleasing holiday desserts.

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6. Cranberry Bliss Pound Cake

Pound cake is a Christmas tradition in many households, and for good reason. It's dense, satisfying, and takes on a beautiful golden brown crust, especially when baked in a Bundt pan. This version is low-carb, gluten-free, and topped with an irresistable cream cheese glaze. For a seasonal touch, chopped fresh cranberries and orange zest are baked right into the batter.

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7. Spicy Horchata Flan

Quite possibly the most wonderfully indulgent dessert you'll ever try, this horchata-infused flan is made with a whopping ten egg yolks. No wonder it's so silky! To add contrast to the sweet vanilla bean caramel topping, the recipe calls for ground cinnamon and cayenne. Every bite is rich, sweet, then spicy; everything you want from an out-of-the-box holiday dessert.

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8. Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

Because they're made in a baking pan (meaning you don't have to fuss with a springform), these pumpkin cheesecake bars are great for crowds and even holiday potlucks. If you need to, you can scale up the recipe to feed your in-laws, cousins, parents, grandparents, and the rest of your extended family with ease. Just expect lots of compliments on the chocolate cookie crust.

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9. Creamy Meyer Lemon Curd Tarts

This is an ideal time of year to incorporate citrus into your baking, and 'tis the season of meyer lemons. This sweet and sour ingredient lends just the right amount of brightness and much needed acidity to the creamy curd that fills these tarts. High quality eggs are essential here: they'll make a difference in the texture and flavor, and it's a difference that your holiday guests are guaranteed to appreciate.

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10. Chocolate Mousse with Brandy

It's not a special occasion without chocolate mousse! If you're having an intimate holiday celebration this year, make it even more special by serving each guest their very own cup full of brandy-spiked cheer. Alternatively, scatter festive gold sprinkles into each cup and make this mousse your signature New Year's Eve dessert.

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11. Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake

An ode to Paula Deen's beloved recipe and a nod to the original St. Louis dessert, this gooey butter cake is almost too good to be true...almost. And don't hesitate to serve it up to your keto guests, because one slice comes in at just under three net carbs. Who needs bûche de noël when you've got gooey butter cake?

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