Friends and family will adore these handy handmade Christmas gifts -- including dishware, vases, and other home accessories -- that are just as fun (and easy!) to make as they are to give. Start one of these simple Christmas crafts today so you can check everyone off your holiday gift list.View Slideshow
Be creative by decorating your Christmas tree with a favorite theme that suits your decorating style or your family's personality. We were inspired by a local festival of trees and have included tips for bringing the looks inside your own Christmas home. Bonus: We've included lighting tips to make your tree shine.View Slideshow
Christmas wreaths don't have to be made from traditional evergreens -- in fact, we encourage you to mix it up with eucalyptus leaves, boxwood, lotus pods, and even items that don't come from nature, such as peppermint candies and pom-poms. These fun-to-make creative designs show you how to make Christmas wreaths with unexpected shapes, dazzling colors, and out-of-the-ordinary materials.View Slideshow
Get ready for the Christmas season with our clever tricks to simplify the holidays. Including crafty Christmas wrapping ideas, must-try ideas for hosting guests, and why-didn't-I-think-of-that Christmas shortcuts, our tips for the holiday season are guaranteed to make your life easier.View Slideshow
A homemade cake brings a special joy to the holidays. From decadent chocolate to sophisticated coffee-fig cake, you'll find a dessert here that will become a family holiday favorite forever.
Your guests will be delighted with this cake inside and out! As a centerpiece, it resembles a sumptuous snowball. Inside is an ever-favorite classic -- the red velvet cake -- made more delicious for the holidays with a raspberry filling.
Secret ingredients -- eggnog and nutmeg -- turn ordinary cake mix into a deliciously different holiday dessert. Dip the cakes into a cream cheese and eggnog icing and coconut to resemble new-fallen snow.
Maple flavors the crust and the filling of this lovely cheesecake.
This all-white dessert -- angel food cake topped with whipped dessert topping, white chocolate, and coconut -- provides an energy boost after a long day of sledding.
Broiled nut topping and a sturdy oatmeal cake add up to a mighty fine old-fashioned dessert. Serve this family-pleaser with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side.
If it's a one-of-a-kind festive finale you're after, serve these little pouches packed with pears and a cardamom-infused caramel topping.
Drizzle a panettone with icing or fill it with ice cream.
This sweet and tart mousse takes only 20 minutes to make and provides a light, airy dessert option.
Purchase a yummy bakery cake and you're almost finished creating a dazzling holiday finale.
For chocolate lovers, a dessert buffet just isn't complete without a generous sampling of their favorite flavor. Set out this Double Chocolate-Orange Torte and indulge your guests.
Reminiscent of a classic Victorian jelly roll and just as charmingly old-fashioned, Apricot-Hazelnut Cake Roll brings a touch of simple elegance to the table.
Pistachio Cake with White Chocolate Buttercream features three cake layers, studded with pistachios and slathered with an elegant buttercream frosting. It all stacks up to one opulent dessert.
Almond Log Cake sweetly celebrates the European custom of burning a Yule log to bring prosperity and protection from evil in the coming year. Almonds, another coin symbol, add extra value.
This wonderful spice cake, filled with dried apricots and walnuts and showered with coconut frosting, is destined to become one of the most popular recipes of the decade. Hint: For the garnish, you can make the coconut shards from fresh coconut, as directed. (Note, these are for decoration only. They are too tough to eat.) Or, if you prefer, purchase coconut shards or chips in the produce section of supermarkets or at health food stores.
Combine mocha syrup, coffee liqueur, and Irish cream to your liking to equal 5 tablespoons.
Baked in a deeply fluted tube pan, this fine-grain, red-brown cake turns out nothing short of spectacular. A light dusting of powdered sugar adds to the drama.
This recipe has been perfected over the years. We think you'll agree that this version is the moistest, richest, "chocolatiest" cake ever. And, of the many ways to frost it, we vote for our classic Chocolate-Sour Cream Frosting -- though you can certainly use your own family favorite.
The melted chocolate mixture must be thoroughly chilled to make the frosting successful.
Why cool cakes exactly 10 minutes before turning them out? That length of time allows the cake to firm up yet still be easily removed from the pan.
May your New Year be as rich and delightful as these spectacular little desserts. With brandy-soaked cherries inside, the recipe is a mini-and-mod takeoff on the classic Black Forest Torte.