Easy Holiday Baking

If you're behind on your holiday baking, fear not. These easy holiday recipes will sweeten your table without taking up all your time. Each dessert recipe has been simplified in its own way, including recipes that can be made ahead, with short prep time, and with only a handful of ingredients.

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    Peppermint Sugar Cookie Bars

    Speckle the tops of these 6-ingredient bars with crushed peppermint candy or chopped minty kisses for a pretty finish.

    Why it's easy... 
    No need to pull out your mixer! These decadent bars start with storebought sugar cookie dough.

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    Soft S'more Cookies

    A blissful combination of chewy, fluffy, and chocolaty, these 4-ingredient cookies are a perfect treat for anyone on your nice list.

    Why it's easy... 
    Decorating these adorable cookies is a breeze -- just stack, bake and sprinkle.

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    Easy Lemon Sugar Snaps

    Cornmeal gives these citrusy cookies their crackly exterior, while pudding-in-the-mix cake batter keeps the snaps' centers meltingly tender. 

    Why it's easy... 
    How's 25 minutes of prep time and 9 minutes of bake time sound?

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    Snickerdoodle Sandwich Cookies

    Traditional cinnamony snickerdoodles take a turn for the festive as speedy sandwich cookies that prep in just half an hour.

    Why it's easy... 
    Honey-sweetened cream cheese forms a luscious two-ingredient filling.

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    Too-Cute Christmas Trees

    If you can roll dough into balls, you can make these tasty Tannenbaum cookies. Click to see how easy it is!

    Why it's easy... 
    These super-cute cookies are also super-speedy, courtesy of storebought dough and canned white icing.

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    Chocolate-Peppermint Waffle Cookies

    Finish off our easy chocolate Christmas cookies with a peppermint-cocoa glaze.

    Why it's easy...
    Each unique Christmas cookie is baked in a hot waffle iron instead of the oven, cutting bake time down to just 1 minute!

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    Quadruple Chocolate Blossoms

    Four out of five ingredients in these decadent, holiday-party-worthy cookies feature chocolate. Enough said.

    Why it's easy... 
    You can freeze these intensely-chocolaty cookies up to 3 months before serving.

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    Easy Spritz

    It's just not the holidays without crispy spritz cookies (especially at just 10 minutes of prep per batch).

    Why it's easy...
    You'll need just six ingredients to make these Christmas classics.

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    Cashew-Brickle Cookies

    Set your cookie scoop aside! These crunchy toffee-nut cookies are cut after baking for extra ease.

    Why it's easy... 
    These 3-ingredient cookies require just 10 minutes of bake time.

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    Easy Red Velvet Slices

    A half-dunk in melted frosting gives these chocolate-studded cookies red-and-white pizzazz.

    Why it's easy... 
    Shh, don't tell: Refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough and food coloring create speedy red velvet dough.

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    Snickerdoodle Cheesecake

    A shortbread cookie crust and ground cinnamon transform traditional cheesecake.

    Why it's easy...
    Unlike most cheesecakes, our snickerdoodle version requires no water bath, yet it maintains classic, creamy texture.

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    Holiday Cobbler with Cinnamon Ice Cream

    Our holiday cobbler is packed full of cranberries, plums, and cherries.

    Why it's easy...
    No rolling or cutting dough is necessary -- simply pinch off portions of dough and pat into rounds before laying them on top of the fruit filling.

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    Brownie Pudding Cake

    Combine two of your favorite desserts -- brownies and cake -- to make this rich and fudgy holiday treat.

    Why it's easy...
    This to-die-for chocolaty cake looks best messy, so days of picture-perfect cake decorating are in your past.

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    Chocomint Blossoms

    Candy-cane chocolate kisses add distinct holiday color and flavor to traditional thumbprint blossom cookies.

    Why it's easy...
    No intensive decorating required; one prettily striped kiss per cookie is all you need!

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    Almond Breton Biscuits

    A quick roll in colored sugar before slicing gives these cookie biscuits holiday-worthy sparkle.

    Why it's easy...
    Our buttery almond cookies are a slice-and-bake version, perfect as an easy addition to your Christmas cookie tray.

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    3 Tips for Perfectly Round Slice Cookies

    We love the ease of slice-and-bake cookies, but it's tough to get them perfectly round for even baking. These tips will make your cookies rounder (and sweeter) every time.

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    Cheesecake-Stuffed Peaches

    Mimic your favorite fruit cheesecake with our easy baked peaches recipe.

    Why it's easy...
    This no-hassle dessert is ready start-to-finish in 45 minutes, providing all the creamy, fruity flavor of peach cheesecake for a fraction of the time and effort.

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    Chocolate Crinkles

    Not only are they a Christmas cookie staple, but our powdery treats are so good you'll need an oversize yield to keep up with demand.

    Why it's easy...
    A whopping 70 servings come from just one batch of our chocolate crinkle cookies.

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    Bacon Chocolate Bark

    Both chocolate and caramelized bacon star in our delicious candy bark -- what more could you want?

    Why it's easy...
    With just three ingredients, our chocolate bark is the perfect gift or treat for the holiday season.

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    Star Anise Crescents

    We love how the delicate tang of star anise gives these nutty crescent cookies an intriguing edge.

    Why it's easy...
    The dough of our crescent cookies can be frozen for up to 3 months, giving you a head start on your holiday baking.

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    Oatmeal Jam Bars

    Only 15 minutes of prep time for sweet holiday bars made with sticky-sweet raspberry jam and a buttery, cream-cheese-infused crust? Count us in.

    Why it's easy...
    The pretty topping is made from a reserved portion of the crumbly crust mixture.

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    Red Velvet Cake Roll

    Decadent enough to be the star dessert, this rich red velvet cake takes only a half-hour of prep time, but no one will know!

    Why it's easy...
    Frozen whipped dessert topping makes easy work of the sweet, creamy filling.

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    Berry-Cherry Slab Pie

    Christmas cookie cutters make easy work of the star shapes atop of our Christmas pie recipe.

    Why it's easy...
    Store-bought frozen puff pastry and a mix of frozen raspberries and cherries mean this delicious holiday pie is ready-to-make year-round.

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    Chocolate Rosettes

    Deep-fried and made with cocoa powder, each of our Christmas rosettes tastes like a chocolately version of tasty funnel cake.

    Why it's easy...
    In just 20 minutes, you'll get an entire batch of light and airy chocolate rosettes.

  • Next Slideshow Fantastic Holiday Bar Cookies

    Fantastic Holiday Bar Cookies

    These festive holiday bar cookie recipes -- including butterscotch-toffee bars and classic brownies -- make delicious gifts and party desserts. With make-ahead options, store-bought shortcuts, and mix-and-match topping ideas, the hardest part of your holiday dessert prep will be choosing which of these marvelous and merry bar cookies to try first.
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