23 Deliciously Decadent Christmas Dessert Recipes

Savory foods, like turkey and stuffing, rule the roost on Thanksgiving, but come Christmas it's all about the sweets. Pies, cakes, caramels ... you name it! December is the best time of year for indulging in dessert. The following collection represents our favorite ways to defy our diets over the holidays.

For a comprehensive guide to Christmas cookie recipes and baking tips, refer to Cookie Central, which boasts basics like gingerbread and shortbread cookies, plus some more unusual holiday desserts.

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Kana Okada
Peppermint Chocolate Cake

Chocolate and peppermint, the classic cold-weather combo make for the perfect Christmas layer cake. Use peppermint meringues and candy canes for decoration.

Recipe: Peppermint Chocolate Cake

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