There’s something special about Christmas desserts. They’re warming and comforting. They help balance out a big Christmas meal. They’re perfect when you just want to curl up under a blanket and put on Elf for the 20th year in a row. The thing I dread most about them, though, is the prep time they often demand. Spending an afternoon baking a pie from scratch or making enough cookies to feed an army? No thanks. That’s where easy Christmas desserts come in. Here are five of the best Christmas desserts that are simple to make but still deliver plenty of holiday comfort.
- Nestlé Toll House Chocolate Chip Lovers Cookie Dough
What better time to have a warm, scrumptious chocolate chip cookie right out of the oven than Christmas time? Nestlé Toll House Chocolate Chip Lovers Cookie Dough makes the chocolate chip of your dreams. These chewy and gooey chocolate chip cookies are loaded with tons of chips, and have a homemade taste and feel that is too good to be true. When it comes to the best Christmas desserts, these cookies are just the thing to get you one notch further up Santa’s nice list this season.
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- Favorite Day Peppermint Bark Ice Cream
Just because it’s the middle of winter doesn’t mean you have to give up ice cream.—especially if that ice cream was tailor made for the holiday season! Basically, if you’ve ever wanted peppermint bark in ice cream form, I have some great news for you. This is it. This is the real deal. The base is so creamy, the pieces of bark are plentiful, and the mint flavor is just right. If you like mint chocolate chip ice cream, this is your new holiday replacement. And easy Christmas desserts just don’t get easier than this.
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- Marie Callender Dutch Apple Pie
It’s hard to find a better Christmas dessert than apple pie. It’s truly classic, made to warm you from the inside out, and sweet as you need it to be to cut even the heaviest of Christmas dinners. There are a few good options out there for store bought apple pies. There is only one, however, that includes a huge amount of streusel topping and a wonderfully crisp apple filling. That would be Marie Callender’s Dutch apple pie. This thing was made for the Christmas dinner table. The warming cinnamon flavor in the filling was made to get anyone into the Christmas spirit. And all it takes is a little time to preheat the oven. Talk about easy Christmas desserts.
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- Williams Sonoma Peppermint Bark
If peppermint bark ice cream doesn’t tickle your fancy, can I offer you the same fantastic flavor without the chill of ice cream? Yes, just peppermint bark. Well, I’d argue Williams Sonoma Peppermint Bark isn’t just peppermint bark. It’s really, really good peppermint bark. The dark chocolate layer is balanced out perfectly by the creaminess of the white chocolate layer. It’s topped with big pieces of peppermint candy that are seriously high quality and add just enough crunch. This is what perfect peppermint bark looks like (and what a perfect Christmas dessert looks like, too).
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- Bakery Fresh Goodness Pecan Pie
Pecan pie is a quintessential Christmas dessert. In fact, it seems like you can hardly find it any other time of the year. Which is a shame. We should be eating more pecan pies! Particularly so when those pecan pies are from the bakery in a Kroger-owned grocery store. These are amazing pies. The crust is buttery. The filling is nutty and gooey without being nauseatingly sweet; it kind of tastes like cookie butter. All of that is topped with whole, crunchy pecans. This is a classic, homemade pecan pie but even better because all you had to do was pick it up at the store and slice it up. (Sorry, Grandma.)
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