Christmas Countdown: Desserts

YAY Christmas! Such a wonderful, festive and exciting time of year. It’s also a stressful, exhausting and calorie-laden time of year as well. Things have been a bit busy for my lately, so I don’t have a new recipe today. Instead I wanted to kick off a series of fun Christmas Countdown posts. For my first one, I wanted to feature some yummy, easy desserts that could be whiped up quicky and easily.

Now I spend a lot of time talking about how I am not a baker. Well, checking my archives that is VERY apparent. I think for 2013 I need to add some sweets on this website!

Anyway, here is a quick list of my Top 5 favorite sweet treats. This random assortment consists of things that can be made easily and brought to all your holiday parties. These also make great hostess gifts as well, something I sometimes forget about this time of year.

1. Pumpkin Ale Cupcakes with Maple Bacon Frosting

Adding beer to cupcake batter probably sounds pretty crazy, but give it a try and you won’t be sorry. Here, some seasonal pumpkin ale adds a lovely pumpkin flavor and a light, fluffy texture. I think blueberry beer would make for a fabulous blueberry cupcake as well! This is the first and only cupcake recipe on this site and I am so proud of how they came out. These will be a hit at any holiday party.

2. Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

Tart cranberries and dark chocolate make a great seasonal cookie combination! These tasty treats would make a perfect hostess gift for any party you are attending. Super simple, you can whip up a few batches of these to last you throughout the holiday season.

 3. Apple Cranberry Slab Pie

This low calorie pie/tart is the perfect holiday dessert. Sweet and satisfying without being too indulgent. This tasty seasonal dessert has only 149 calories per slice! This simple make-ahead dessert will be the hit of the holidays.

4. Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

I LOVE peanut butter. My dog loves it too. It is one of the world’s most delicious foods. It also makes amazing cookies, evidenced by this healthier version. Bourne out of a sick day, this recipe is one of my favorites. Chewy, crispy and sweet, these cookies are high in fiber and low in sugar. A perfect holiday treat!

5. Pumpkin Cacao Bread

While this is not a decadent dessert, it is one of my favorite treats, especially in the morning. These mini loaves of tasty goodness make for perfect hostess gifts or just a quick Christmas morning breakfast. I like to bake up a few and freeze them for future use.


Looking for some other amazing holiday treats?

Try some of these recipes from my favorite bloggers:


What is your favorite holiday dessert? Anything you make only around the holidays? Tell me in the comments.

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8 Responses to Christmas Countdown: Desserts

  1. Liz December 18, 2012 at 10:14 pm #

    Mmmmm….for not being a baker, you’ve whipped up some fantastic baked goods! I want to try your cranberry chocolate chip cookies!

    PS…thanks for the mention :)

  2. Jenn and Seth December 19, 2012 at 6:55 am #

    everything looks so so good, and it is 11 pm here and I now have the sudden urge to bake those cranberry chocolate chip cookies!

  3. Kristina December 19, 2012 at 3:10 pm #

    Thanks for including me in your list Dara! And I don’t know who you’re kidding – you are definitely a baker girl! That apple cranberry slab pie looks fabulous!

  4. Angie@Angie's Recipes December 19, 2012 at 5:49 pm #

    Everything looks so tempting! I want to try that pumpkin bread!

  5. Stephanie@Henry Happened December 20, 2012 at 12:45 pm #

    I’m intrigued by the bacon muffins and I love that pumpkin cocoa bread!

  6. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies December 21, 2012 at 2:22 am #

    That slab pie looks so awesome–I can’t believe it’s low calorie too! I definitely do more cooking on my blog too and whenever I post a baking recipe, no one is interested. I guess I have my niche. :)

  7. cakewhiz December 23, 2012 at 8:20 am #

    what a nice collection of treats to make during the holidays! i really like that pumkin cocoa bread… i have never had it but it looks like something i would enjoy!

    happy holidays hun :)

  8. Lori Lynn December 25, 2012 at 6:59 pm #

    Hi Dara! Great compilation of holiday desserts! Love the variety AND that bacon topped cupcake!!
    Wishing you a fabulous 2013 and a very merry Christmas!

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