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5 Delicious Desserts for Your Holiday Gathering

Want to bring a some holiday treats to your next gathering? Impress your guests with these 5 delicious desserts (and get the recipes too!)

5 delicious desserts for your holiday gathering

This post was updated on November 21, 2019.

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Bite-Size Delicious Desserts

Our neighborhood holiday party is typically an elegant sit down dinner complete with appetizers, a delicious main meal with several entrees and sides, and dessert.

My first year attending the party (and only 6 months in the neighborhood), I volunteered to be in charge of dessert.

Rather than make one main dessert, I decided to create a variety of delicious desserts, in bite-size portions.

Well, that led to a holiday baking frenzy!

5 Easy Christmas Treats (Only Two-Bites!)

When I bake or cook, I am drawn to easy recipes that produce a tasty product. They also must be liked by my family (that kinda goes without saying, but…)

With a two-bite dessert, the flavor needs to have a big punch. I’ll think you’ll find that with these delicious dessert options.

Neely's Lime Bars
Neely’s Lime Bars

Neely’s Lime Bars

By Gina and Patrick Neely (Link to Lime Bar recipe).

I’ll be making these again this week for our extended family gathering, along with my annual White Trash recipe (below), as they were the hit of the party!

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If squeezing and zesting a lime sounds intimidating, it was easier than it sounds! I used a zester and a handheld juicer, both of which you can find in my Amazon store.

Lime Juice and Zest

Yes, admittedly, there are steps to recipes that hold me back, but I am trying to get over those barriers!

mini carrot cupcakes with cream cheese frosting
Mini Carrot Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Mini Carrot Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

By Ina Garten (Link to carrot cupcake with cream cheese frosting recipe).

These are scrumptious. Ina’s recipe calls for large cupcake molds or papers, but I opted for the mini version.

She suggests fourteen minutes of baking but that’s for the larger sized cupcakes. I reduced the time a bit, and started checking for doneness around 10 minutes.

These two-bite cupcakes turned out perfectly. It was hard to only eat one of these perfect little tender morsels.

Hands down, I’m a sucker for cream cheese frosting, so these little cupcakes were my personal favorite.

double chocolate walnut biscotti
Double Chocolate Walnut Biscotti

Double Chocolate Walnut Biscotti

By Gourmet magazine (c. 1994; Link to Double Chocolate Walnut Biscotti recipe)

I have been making these biscotti forever, and I used to give them out as gifts.

When the hostess asked me for the recipe, I was stunned to see the year!

I remember the day I tore this recipe out of the magazine. I still have it in my cookbook.

So, officially, I’ve been making these for more than 20 years.

They get nice compliments and were the second runner-up for the dinner party.

Holiday Treat: Chocolate Caramel Truffles
Chocolate Caramel Truffles

Chocolate Caramel Truffles

(Gourmet magazine, c. 1994; Link to Chocolate Caramel Truffles recipe)

My kids love these, and admittedly, I do too.

They pack a powerful punch of dark chocolate and caramel, all mixed together.

You can coat these with cocoa or pecans– the pecan coating is my favorite!

My tip for you: pay close attention to the temperature so you don’t burn the caramel!

White Chocolate Mint Mousse

By Nigella Lawson (Link to White Chocolate Mint Mousse recipe).

This recipe was a flop for me, so I didn’t even bring it to the party.

I was disappointed, because in my mind, this was going to be, literally, the “cream of the crop.” The show-stopper on the party dessert table.

But, it was my first time making mousse and my technique was bad (a temperature, mixing, folding fiasco), resulting in chunks of white chocolate running throughout the mousse.  

Not the creamy, light, melt-in-your-mouth experience I was hoping for.

But don’t let that discourage you from trying this—this was truly a good addition to the ‘delicious desserts’ category!

The flavor was outstanding.

white trash
White Trash

White Trash (White Chocolate-Coated Candy Mix)

Last but certainly not least, is the White Trash recipe I make every year.

I have been making this since before I met my husband!

My kids would tell you it wouldn’t be the holiday season without this family recipe (or the standing rib roast and the egg-sausage-cheese casserole).

The special teachers in our lives have received a bunch of this over the years, and it’s always a big hit.

Party Dessert Table Ideas

Even though I made these recipes in small, bite-size portions, you don’t have to do it that way.

Any of these delicious desserts would make a terrific option for a party dessert table. Or, as a donation for a church bake sale or auction.

Personally, I like the variety of flavors these 5 desserts bring to an event. They aren’t all chocolate-flavored or heavy.

They offer a diverse ray of flavor, color and texture.

Which dessert appeals to you the most?

What are your favorite treats to make for the holidays?

Wishing you and yours a very happy holiday season!

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