From Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie to Ricotta Cheesecake: 12 Over-The-Top Holiday Desserts

By | April 19, 2016

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‘Tis the season for splurging. Indulge over the holidays in one (or all!) of these swoon-worthy desserts. And don’t worry if you’re not a baker: these recipes have all been tested and perfected so even the most inexperienced cooks can pull them off.

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Just mention a chocolate and peanut butter dessert and people get giddy. This pie — with a chocolate crust, creamy peanut butter filling and chocolate ganache topping — lives up to the hype. GET THE RECIPE

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This warm, comforting cake is a twist on the classic English dessert, sticky toffee pudding — which is not really pudding at all, but rather a warm, moist cake made with finely chopped dates covered in a sticky toffee sauce. Though it looks impressive, it’s a cinch to make. GET THE RECIPE

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Adapted from Maida Heatter’s Cakes, this is my all-time favorite flourless chocolate cake. Ground almonds and a decadent chocolate ganache make it rich and elegant. GET THE RECIPE

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Carrot cakes can be heavy and dense, but this one is light with a fine texture. The secret is finely chopping the carrots in a food processor rather than grating them. GET THE RECIPE

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With a dark chocolate cookie crust, silky chocolate pudding center and generous whipped cream topping, this pie a chocolate lover’s dream. GET THE RECIPE

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This drunken dessert is a from-scratch version of the famous doctored-up cake mix rum cake my grandmother used to make. For adults only! GET THE RECIPE

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A pavlova is a cake-shaped meringue with a soft and marshmallowy center and crisp outer shell, usually topped with whipped cream and fruit. Here, cocoa powder and bittersweet chocolate are folded into the meringue — which make it deliciously fudgy — and mascarpone cheese (Italian cream cheese) is added to the whipped topping. GET THE RECIPE

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Don’t be fooled by its elaborate appearance and fancy name: this crowd-pleasing dessert only takes 30 minutes to put together. It’s like a cross between pumpkin pie and coffee cake. GET THE RECIPE

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Spiked with bourbon and studded with chunks of dark chocolate, this warm and fudgy bread pudding is the ultimate comfort food. Top it with vanilla ice cream and it’s like a grown-up brownie sundae. GET THE RECIPE

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If you’re a fan of Baileys Irish Cream, you’ll love this fun twist on tiramisu from Nigella Express by Nigella Lawson. It’s almost ridiculously easy to make: you spend 20 minutes putting it together, then just pop it in the fridge overnight. GET THE RECIPE

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Also known as lava cakes, these oozing chocolate treats are a classic restaurant dessert but they’re easy enough for even the novice baker to make at home. GET THE RECIPE

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Inspired by the “Obsessive Ricotta Cheesecake” in Gina DePalma’s Dolce Italiano, Desserts from the Babbo Kitchen, this cheesecake is a hybrid between an American-style cheesecake and an Italian-style cheesecake. The raspberry topping is the perfect contrast to the cake, which isn’t overly sweet. GET THE RECIPE

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