If you've spent hours-- even days-- planning, prepping and cooking your holiday meal, the last thing you want to do is spend more time cobbling together a difficult dessert.

The holidays should be spent enjoying friends and family, not stressing out about what to sweets to serve.

Try one of these simple, yet festive and delicious desserts. Every sweet tooth will be satisfied and all guests will be left with visions of sugar plums (and Christmas cookies and cakes) dancing in their heads.

1. Sticky Pecan Mini-Buns



While on vacation, or just on a normal weekend, make yourself or family these delicious mini treats to enjoy alone or alongside your usual breakfast. 

Sticky Pecan Mini-Buns Recipe

2. Peppermint Bark Cookies

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(Kris Schoels)

Festive, merry, crunchy and chocolately. These easy to make cookies not only look like the holidays but with smooth chocolate and refreshing peppermint, they certainly taste like the holiday spirit.

Peppermint Bark Cookies Recipe

3. Cranberry-Cinnamon Cheesecake


(Philadelphia Cream Cheese)

No guest will be able to resist this combination of the smooth and creamy filling with a tart and tangy topping. The red and white colors also make a truly festive presentation. 

Cranberry-Cinnamon Cheesecake Recipe

4. Holiday Sugar Cookies


(Maple & Ash)

Sugar cookies are a holiday classic that take time and patience to cut and frost, but the product is always delicious and makes a fun gift. This recipe makes it simple, yet still a holiday treat that will impress.

Holiday Sugar Cookies Recipe

5. Mile-High Apple Pies


(The Pampered Chef)

This deconstructed mini apple pie recipe makes for a sweet ending to a long meal, and is small, but rich in flavor.

Mile-High Apple Pies Recipe

6. Peppermint Hot Chocolate Biscotti



Making your own biscotti is a cinch-- most of the magic happens in the oven. Decorate your cookies with white chocolate and festive peppermint pieces.

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Biscotti Recipe

7. Pumpkin Parfait


(noosa yoghurt)

With noosa’s thick, velvety yoghurt as the foundation, the fusion of spicy and sweet makes this yoghurt taste like a spoonful of pumpkin pie filling itself. Try this Pumpkin Parfait recipe to serve as a dessert this holiday season. 

Pumpkin Parfait Recipe

8. Pecan short bread


(Michael Spain-Smith)

Combine the smells of toasted pecans and delicious buttery shortbread cookies, and you have a timless treat for people of all ages. 

Pecan short bread Recipe

9. Cinnamon Almond Cookies



Simple, yet festive almond cookies make the perfect dessert or gift for neighbors and friends. 

Cinnamon Almond Cookies Recipe

10. Shortbread and Eggnog Pudding Trifles


(Sprinkle Bakes)

A creamy, dreamy twist on a favorite holiday drink. These cute little puddings from Sprinkle Bakes can be adorned with any festive garnish you prefer.

Shortbread and Eggnog Pudding Trifles

11. Darkest Chocolate Cake with Red Wine Glaze



The plummy-berry notes of red wine are highlighted when mixed with chocolate and butter into a glaze that drips over the edges of this decadent dark chocolate cake.

Darkest Chocolate Cake with Red Wine Glaze Recipe