Ways to drink your dessert

Look, we get it: it's that time of year when the holiday chocolates, gingerbread houses, cookies, and holiday treats tempt us to no end. And when you add wine, beer, and holiday cocktails to the mix, we're all guilty of a bit of overindulgence.

So instead of feeling guilty for eating the chocolate cake and drinking a calorie-laden cocktail, we've figured out how to have the best of both worlds: drinks that taste like desserts. You won't even care that you're not eating apple pie when you're drinking a Hot Apple Pie Cider, or that you're the only one not eating cookies when you're downing a Sugar Cookie cocktail.

And we didn't forget about the kids, either: because it's the season for all things sweet, we share some favorite candy-like drinks that will keep them happy. (That includes a delectable Rice Krispies Square milkshake that even moms and dads will want themselves.)

While we can't pretend that these dessert-like drinks and cocktails aren't diet-busters themselves, at least you won't mind indulging in one sweet cocktail. Click here to find 22 drink and cocktail recipes that are as sweet as the desserts they're inspired by.

The Brandy Baklava Cocktail
A boozy version of the Greek dessert? Yes, please! You won't believe you're not eating a piece of flaky, honey-filled baklava with this cocktail.

The Lemon Meringue Puff Cocktail
Oh yes, that's meringue on top of a citrus vodka and Tuaca cocktail creation. Made by Kathy Casey, celebrity chef, mixologist, and entertaining expert, this is one treat that guests will sip up at every chance.

The Seven-Layer Cookie Cocktail
Seven layers of (boozy) sugary deliciousness: the cookie cocktail is made with Partido tequila.

The Hot Apple Pie Cider
A nonalcoholic cider infused with winter spices makes this drink every bit as delectable as a real slice of apple pie.

The Apple Pie Smoothie
This delectable (and healthy!) apple pie smoothie recipe is courtesy of BlendedRecipes.com.

The Rice Krispies Square Milkshake
All of your childhood dreams come true: everyone at the table will enjoy a creamy milkshake filled with Rice Krispies, courtesy of Bite Me More.

The Tiramisu Cocktail
Yes, you read that right: you can in fact drink your tiramisu. The Tiramisu Cocktail is made by chef Walter Pisano of Tulio Ristorante in Seattle.

The Strawberry Shortcake Cocktail
It's topped with strawberry shortcake, but the drink is still sugary sweet on its own. Made at Jsix Restaurant & Lounge in San Diego, Calif., there's really nothing better than a strawberry shortcake (cocktail).

The Chocolate Bon Bon Cocktail
A chocolate dessert turned liquid, the Chocolate Bon Bon cocktail is sure to win over the chocoholics. You can find it at the Hudson Lodge at Hudson.

The Toasted Macaroon Cocktail
Better have some real toasted macaroons on hand, as this cocktail (made with Partida tequila and Frangelico) will only make you crave them more.

The Gingerbread Margarita
A spicy twist on your favorite Christmas cookie — grab the tequila and run for it.

Click here for all 22 drinks and the recipes

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