CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR DESSERTS

VEGAN CANDY CANE MERINGUE KISSES

These are so stinkin’ cute and overall Christmas-y that I don’t even mind that I need an icing bag to make them. I would love to tell you that it’s quick and easy, but I’d be a liar. One thing I can definitely say is that these are totally worth the small bit of extra effort because 1) they are so stinkin’ cute, 2) everyone will be impressed with you, and 3) you’ll be pretty impressed with yourself. Most of my recipes lean towards being easy, but you really do feel like a world-class chef when you’re standing at the counter with a couple of fancy tools.

Enjoy this great recipe from Wallflower Kitchen, and feel like a boss.

FUNFETTI SHORTBREAD BITES

Equally as adorable and a little easier to make are these Funfetti shortbread bites. I love shortbread anyway and these have been Chrismas’ed up by adding the red, green, and white sprinkles. I also love that they are bite-size, but the only danger there is that you might eat more than you mean to. Putting them out for “Santa” – right. I’ll be impressed if you have any left to claim are for Santa.

This recipe comes to us from Cooking Classy.

WHITE CHOCOLATE REINDEER POPCORN

This should make up for some of the more difficult desserts. This cute dessert comes together in about 5 minutes and doesn’t take a whole lot of ingredients. And it’s so festive and fun! It’s also great because you can modify the recipe to suit your tastes, like using other colored candies instead of M&Ms, or adding nuts like they did at Two Sisters Kitchens.

Make it as is, or come up with your own fun twist on it. The recipe is available at TwoSistersKitchens.com.

EASY RUDOLPH BROWNIES

Here’s another easy and fun recipe. Great for kids and adults alike and would be a welcome addition to any cookie exchange. Personally, I love brownies. Although, I feel like I say that for everything: shortbread . . . mousse . . . I think I’m starting to see a trend here. Anyway, if you love brownies too, this one is just too cute to pass up.

Get the recipe and build yourself a herd of brownies at Your Cup Of Cake.

STRAWBERRIES AND CHAMPAGNE CAKE BALLS

When I was mentioning all of the desserts I love in the previous recipe, I forgot to mention cake balls and cake pops. Yup, love those too! And these ones are just so pretty because the folks over at Sugar & Soul Co took the time really dress them up by hand painting them and sprinkling a little edible gold dust on them. Seriously, these might be too classy for the crew you normally hang out with and you’ll have to eat them all yourself. Not only are these great for New Year’s, but I could see these being perfect for a wedding or shower as well.

Don’t be afraid of the long prep time on these, it’s mostly freezer time. Find out how to make them at Sugar & Soul Co.

SPARKLING MINI PARFAITS

This dessert is SO festive looking, and I also really like that you can alter it to suit your tastes. They are fairly easy to make and you can see all sorts of suggestions for changing them up at HomeIsWhereTheBoatIs.com. I also love how they served them by adding some decorations to the acutal tray. Also, they are small, so you don’t need to feel like you’re sabotaging your resolutions before the new year even starts. Or you can have a couple, or a few, and remember that tomorrow is a new day!

Get this super-easy recipe from HomeIsWhereTheBoatIs.net.