Luscious New Year's Eve Desserts: Celebrate with Sweets

A toast to welcome in the new year isn't half as fun without delicious New Year’s Eve desserts. With cakes, creamy and rich truffles, cheesecakes, bars, and cookies—and even champagne dessert recipes—you're guaranteed to end your New Year’s Eve menu on a high (and sweet) note.

Confetti Cookies

These colorful cookies are the perfect sweet treat to ring in the New Year! This festive party dessert is all about loads of bright sprinkles.

Chocolate and Butterscotch Mousse Cake

Savor every last layer of this multi-tier cake. In addition to the typical cake-and-frosting combo, layers of butterscotch and chocolate mousses catapult the layer cake concept into New Year’s Eve dessert territory.

Raspberry Rose Cake

This New Year's cake is a boozy treat thanks to plenty of rosé. Swap it in for water when baking this from-a-box cake. It doesn't get any easier!

Ginger and Apple Sled Tarts

Dashing through the snow on a ginger-apple sled ... OK, we'll stop now. But really, frozen puff pastry makes creating the cozy appeal of this recipe easy, and it's sure to put you in the holiday spirit.


Coffee Cone Affogato

These tiny sweets pack a caffeinated punch. Set out the prepped cones with the ice cream and espresso and let party guests assemble their own New Year’s Eve dessert.

Peaches & Cream Prosecco Cake

This creamy cake is filled with layers of juicy peaches and creamy frosting. It's the perfect decadent New Year’s Eve dessert to serve at your fancy party.

Sparkling Grapefruit Sorbet Floats

What better way to start the new year than with a sweet New Year’s Eve dessert? Serve up bowls of grapefruit sorbet and vanilla ice cream just before midnight. At toasting time, add a big splash of bubbly champagne.

Mini Caramel Cheesecakes

A six-ingredients dessert recipe yields delicious, pre-portioned cheesecake bites worthy of any New Year’s Eve menu. These treats are ideal for snacking and sharing while waiting for the ball to drop on New Year's Eve.

Decadent Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cheesecake

This is basically a giant peanut butter cup, in cake form. Go ahead—have a second slice of this New Year’s Eve dessert! Your diet doesn't start until tomorrow, anyway.

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Champagne Cake with Fresh Strawberries

Two cheers to the New Year! By two cheers, we mean hold a glass of bubbly in one hand and a slice of this champagne cake in the other. The classic favorites—champagne and strawberries—give this gorgeous cake some flair. It's so elegant that nobody will ever guess this champagne dessert recipe starts with a mix.

Creme Brulee Cheesecake Bars

Creme brulee and cheesecake? Now that's a crowd-pleaser if we've ever seen one! This dessert looks sophisticated, but the steps are simple and you'll be the talk of the New Year's Eve party—in the best way possible.

Mocha Truffles

These delicious chocolate-and-coffee truffles will do their best to keep your non-night owl friends awake. If anything, they'll stay up to eat even more of this sweet New Year’s Eve dessert.

Wine-Poached Pear Trifle

Expect your guests to be incredibly impressed by this stunning dessert at the end of your New Year’s menu. Fortunately, it's not as difficult as it looks to make but it is every ounce as delicious.

Champagne Cupcakes

Vanilla cupcakes are anything but boring once you spike them with champagne. If you’re looking for the quintessential champagne dessert recipe, you’ve found it.

Gold Chiffon Cake

This golden New Year's cake is filled with lemon and coconut flavors. A fluffy seven-minute frosting is the perfect party-ready topping.

Cranberry-Orange Bundt Cake

When even the cake is laced with champagne, you know it's going to be a great start to the New Year. Dried cranberries, orange zest, and a champagne glaze combine to make this a perfect champagne dessert recipe for New Year’s Eve.

Dessert Fruit Pizza

Pizza on a sugar cookie crust? We'll take two slices, please! Making dessert pizza as a New Year’s Eve dessert with friends and family is also a great way to pass the time while counting down until midnight.

Cherry-Walnut Balls

This dessert is the cherry on top of a great night (but actually, the maraschino cherry is hidden inside). Use edible glitter to give your cookies some celebratory sparkle.


Super-Duper Chocolate Kisses

Single on New Year's Eve? You still deserve a kiss, in the form of this New Year’s Eve dessert. The cocoa-flavor cookies take just 8 minutes to bake and are a sweet treat to start the New Year.

White Chocolate-Cherry Shortbread

Maraschino cherries and white chocolate help shortbread get all dressed up for the New Year's Eve celebration.

Dark Chocolate-Raspberry Cakes

These delectable mini cakes are an irresistible treat; don't skimp on the chocolate truffle icing. Their miniature size means they’re prime for a buffet—plate them together for a sweet ending to your spread.

Boozy Eggnog Bars

Eggnog might not be your favorite drink, but it is a seasonal classic, and this dessert recipe might win you over to Team Eggnog. Add rum, turn it into bars, and you've got a creamy treat worth toasting.

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. Plus, it's delicious.

Maple Creme Brulee with Hazelnuts

Dress up classic creme brulee with a little extra maple flavor and crunchy toasted hazelnuts for your New Year’s Eve menu. The creme brulee bases can be made up to 24 hours ahead of time and topped with caramelized sugar when you’re ready to serve.

Vanilla-Sparkling Wine Pound Cake

Pick up an extra bottle of sparkling wine and put it to good use in this complete New Year’s Eve-approved dessert.

Honey-Rose Plum Cobbler

  • You might not think to use goat cheese in a dessert recipe, but when it joins forces with rose and honey, you’ll be won over.


Sherry-Almond Sponge Cake

Slicing into this New Year’s cake is a little like opening a beautifully packaged gift. Inside, there's a lovely surprise: a richly hued berry filling nestled between two sherry-infused cake layers.


Raspberry Custard Brulee

Layers of raspberries and custard topped with lacy caramelized sugar are everything you’d want in a New Year’s Eve dessert: elegant yet nearly effortless to make.

Chocolate-Filled Orange Meringues

Mascarpone is a buttery-rich cream cheese with a mild flavor, and it works well in both savory and sweet dessert recipes. For this New Year’s Eve dessert, it's used to enhance a filling of cocoa powder and vanilla.

Bread & Butter Pudding with Salted Caramel Whiskey Butter Sauce

If the weather outside is frightful, break out this comforting and warm New Year’s Eve dessert recipe.

White Chocolate and Cranberry Pot de Creme

Tart cranberries balance the sweetness of white chocolate in this elegant mini dessert. A finishing sprinkle of edible glitter puts this squarely in the New Year’s Eve dessert category. If your New Year’s Eve menu is a little on the decadent and filling side, these mini desserts will be just the right amount of a sweet finale.

Burnt-Sugar Cake

This nostalgic recipe is perfect for the reminiscing that often comes with saying farewell to one year and ringing in the new one. And don’t hesitant to put it on your New Year’s Eve menu because of the name—“burnt,” in this case, is a very delectable thing.

Peppermint Dream Cake

If you can’t quit Christmas peppermint flavors just yet, break out this candy cane-inspired cake for your New Year’s Eve dessert lineup. Bonus: The cake layers can be baked and frozen up to four months in advance.

Cookies and Cream Silk Pie

Give classic silk pie the holiday treatment with a cookies-and-cream twist. In this decadent dessert recipe, chocolate pie filling is topped with a cookies-and-cream layer and crowned with a white chocolate cream layer. Triple the chocolate, triple the goodness.

Festive Rice Pudding

Calling all rice pudding-lovers! New Year's Eve is the perfect occasion to prove to your friends how delicious this creamy dish is. The Arborio rice in this festive pudding is a short grain rice used for risotto. It's available in grocery stores and Italian markets.

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