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.

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Dark Chocolate-Raspberry Cakes
Dark Chocolate-Raspberry Cakes

    These delectable mini cakes are an irresistible treat; don't skimp on the chocolate truffle icing!

New Year's Champagne Cake

    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.

Festive Rice Pudding

    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.

Cinnamon Poached Pears

    The ginger-cinnamon scented pears work beautifully with chocolate. Try it with a chocolate mousse or ice cream.

Praline Cheesecake Squares

    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.

Coconut Sno-Cakes

    When baking cupcakes, either from scratch or from premade mix, use extra-fine sugar to make the smoothest frosting.

Pistachio Cake with White Chocolate Frosting

    Celebrate the season in style with this cake. Decorate the frosted cake with Caramelized Stars, chopped pistachio nuts, and shaved white chocolate.

Chocolate-Filled Orange Meringues

    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.

Layered Chocolate-Zabaglione Cream Cakes

    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.

Ginger and Apple Sled Tarts

    Frozen puff pastry makes the rustic appeal of this recipe easy.

New Year's Almond Log Cake

    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.

German Chocolate Cupcakes

    Chocolate cupcakes are topped with a layer of Chocolate-Pecan ice cream "frosting" before being garnished with caramel ice cream topping.

Pear and Cranberry Panettone Pudding

    Make a versatile panettone bread pudding that can double as a brunch entree or dinnertime dessert.

Gingerbread Tumble

    Turn this treat into a trifle by piling the ingredients in alternate layers in a 3-1/2-quart trifle bowl.

Maple Ricotta Flans

    Pull together 5-ingredient Maple Ricotta Flans in just 15 minutes.

Cardamom-Cranberry Rice Pudding

    Evaporated fat-free milk makes this Cardamom-Cranberry Rice Pudding taste rich and creamy without added fat.

Rum Babas

    From Russia with love -- these sweet and light glazed desserts make for a glowing finale to a holiday meal.

Bread Pudding and a Kiss

    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.

Snow Angel Cake

    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.

Raspberry Custard Brulee

    Layers of raspberries and custard topped with lacy caramelized sugar form this elegant yet easy-to-make dessert.

Sherry-Almond Sponge Cake

    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.

Black Forest Cakes

    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.

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