Luscious New Year's Desserts
Top off your New Year's party with cheesecake, truffles, tarts, or cream puffs -- desserts that are sweet, rich, and delicious.
Dark Chocolate-Raspberry Cakes
New Year's Champagne Cake
These delectable mini cakes are an irresistible treat; don't skimp on the chocolate truffle icing!
Festive Rice Pudding
A classic favorite -- champagne and strawberries -- gives this gorgeous cake flair. It's so elegant, nobody will ever guess that it starts with a mix.
Cinnamon Poached Pears
The Arborio rice in this Festive Rice Pudding is a short-grain rice used for risotto. It's available in grocery stores and Italian markets.
Praline Cheesecake Squares
The ginger-cinnamon scented pears work beautifully with chocolate. Try it with a chocolate mousse or ice cream.
As with most cheesecakes, this one is very rich and should be cut into small servings. Cheesecakes are best when served the next day, so take advantage of this built-in bonus and prepare in advance.
Pistachio Cake with White Chocolate Frosting
When baking cupcakes, either from scratch or from premade mix, use extra-fine sugar to make the smoothest frosting.
Chocolate-Filled Orange Meringues
Celebrate the season in style with this cake. Decorate the frosted cake with Caramelized Stars, chopped pistachio nuts, and shaved white chocolate.
Layered Chocolate-Zabaglione Cream Cakes
Mascarpone is a buttery-rich cream cheese with a mild flavor that works well in both savory and sweet dishes. Here it's used to enhance a filling of cocoa powder and vanilla.
Ginger and Apple Sled Tarts
A frothy delight, zabaglione (zah-bahl-YO-nay) is one of Italy's most prized culinary masterpieces. Here in these Layered Chocolate-Zabaglione Cream Cakes, it crowns a springy chocolate sponge cake.
New Year's Almond Log Cake
Frozen puff pastry makes the rustic appeal of this recipe easy.
German Chocolate Cupcakes
Almond Log Cake sweetly celebrates the French custom of burning a Yule log, which prevents bad spirits from flowing down the chimney into the new year. Fortuitous almonds also add extra value.
Pear and Cranberry Panettone Pudding
Chocolate cupcakes are topped with a layer of Chocolate-Pecan ice cream "frosting" before being garnished with caramel ice cream topping.
Make a versatile panettone bread pudding that can double as a brunch entree or dinnertime dessert.
Maple Ricotta Flans
Turn this treat into a trifle by piling the ingredients in alternate layers in a 3-1/2-quart trifle bowl.
Cardamom-Cranberry Rice Pudding
Pull together 5-ingredient Maple Ricotta Flans in just 15 minutes.
Evaporated fat-free milk makes this Cardamom-Cranberry Rice Pudding taste rich and creamy without added fat.
Bread Pudding and a Kiss
From Russia with love -- these sweet and light glazed desserts make for a glowing finale to a holiday meal.
Snow Angel Cake
Make this dessert a little more decadent by replacing the kiss with a rich chocolate truffle and drizzling on hot fudge or hot caramel sauce. Tuck each little bite into a serving container of its own.
Raspberry Custard Brulee
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.
Sherry-Almond Sponge Cake
Layers of raspberries and custard topped with lacy caramelized sugar form this elegant yet easy-to-make dessert.
Black Forest Cakes
Slicing into Sherry-Almond Sponge Cake is a little like opening a beautifully packaged gift. Inside, there's a lovely surprise: a rich-hue berry filling nestled between two sherry-infused cake layers.
May your New Year be as rich and delightful as this spectacular dessert. With brandy-soaked cherries inside, the recipe is a mini-and-mod takeoff on the classic Black Forest Torte.