The holiday season is the perfect time for enjoying endless amounts of sweets! Speaking of which, have you thought of the dessert you’ll bring to your upcoming holiday get-togethers? 

Whether you have magical pastry abilities like Dominique Ansel or not, we’ve created a list of dessert ideas for every level of chef that you can whip up this jolliest and sweetest time of year!

For the non-baker

No-bake desserts are on the rise because aside from the fact that people nowadays are always in a hurry, not everyone has sufficient baking materials at home.

If you’re one of those people (or one of us, honestly!), you might want to explore cheesecake recipes with no-bake crusts and fillings.

Go for something fun using rice crispy treats and marshmallow mix as the crust with a recipe like this.

Or you can go for one of the usual crushed graham cracker and butter crust cheesecake with a twist, for the chocolate and peanut butter lovers out there!

Photo by Katerina Smirnova on Unsplash

For the last-minute prepper

We’ve all had that moment when we forget to prepare something for a party. I know, you’d rather just go out and buy something to bring to save yourself from cramming at the last minute.

But why not save some cash and prepare something so easy that it doesn’t consume any extra time, and that the ingredients might already be in your pantry or fridge?

Make your friends and family feel special (so that they won’t know you actually forgot *wink*) with some easy-to-prepare dessert recipes.

Try the 3-ingredient ice cream pie or strawberry cake. What’s even better with these recipes is that you can tweak some of the ingredients or toppings, depending on what you have or what you can easily get.

It’s always still nice to bring something you actually made, rather than buying something out of a grocery store, right?

For the straight-out-of-the-box baker

Want to prepare something that says “I’m quite busy, but hey, I made time to bake this”? Here’s a tip! Go for recipes that give you the freedom to use boxed cake mixes!

This way, you can save time and all the hassle of shopping and preparing individual ingredients for one cake. Try this raspberry brownies recipe using holiday cutters to add an extra level of effort. You might also want to go for this one if you want to veer away from the usual chocolate desserts.

Photo by Katerina Smirnova on Unsplash

For the unique and creative baker

Sometimes we want to prepare and serve something out of the usual square-panned desserts, and that’s more than okay. It also gives our guests that “something new” experience from the usual ingredients.

You can go for something fruity and cute with this Santa-looking dessert that’s perfect for your Christmas celebration with your family and friends.

You might also want to try this galaxy box cake pop for a little more of challenge.

For the expert baker

If you have more time on your hands and would want to try making a dessert from scratch, then you’re in luck.

Aside from having many, many recipes to choose from, you can definitely amp up your creativity with cool ideas that will make your dessert look like it was made by an expert chef!

Impress your family and friends with this mirror glaze cake (you can tweak the colors to fit the occasion). You might also want to try something that is more simple but can produce multiple quantities, like these lovable cookie recipes!

There are tons of recipes out there––from the internet or the trusty family cookbook passed down from mom or grandma––so don’t feel limited by our suggestions.

If you think we missed out on any recipes that you feel should be included, feel free to let us know in the comments section below!

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