Delicious Holiday Desserts to Give as Gifts

by Andie Mitchell on December 1, 2011

chewy chocolate chip cookies (2)

Ultimate Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

c-h-e-w-y. Browned butter meets caramel. chocolate cake-07

Double Chocolate Fudge Brownies

My mother has made this rich recipe for at least 26 years

so you’ll likely understand that

I am 3/4 Irish and 1/4 fudge.


Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake with Milk Chocolate Sauce

Cheesecake came to mind. And then a roasted peanut and graham cracker fusion crust. And a silky sweet peanut butter filling. And a layer of freshly whipped cream. And chopped peanut butter cups. And a creamy milk chocolate ganache for drizzling, or guzzling, whichever came first.


Homemade Twix Bars

These bars begin with a crust of buttery, rich shortbread, and then a thick, chewy caramel layer above that, followed by a coating of intense dark chocolate. In other words, we’re sinking our teeth into the most deliciously decadent little logs imaginable.


Homemade Cinna-Minis

They’re reminiscent of my favorite Burger King boxed breakfast item, but a world better. The cream biscuit dough is flaky, oh-so-tender, and buttered. The inner swirl is warmly spiced with cinnamon and gooey with caramelized brown sugar. I couldn’t help but stir together a glaze to drizzle across their golden brown coils. Frosting makes life more manageable for me.


Vanilla Whoopie Pies

The cakes are moist, tender, and vanilla-scented, with beautifully intense dark chocolate cream filling. They remind me of a softer, fluffier Milano cookie. They’re much less sweet than old-fashioned whoopie pies, and I love that they taste more grown up, more sophisticated.


Individual Pumpkin Spice Cheesecakes with Cinnamon Whipped Cream


Passion Cookies

These teeny tiny squares are intensely rich, buttery, and sticky-sweet. A base layer of crumbly shortbread, with a gooey, caramel pecan pie-like filling, and a silky vanilla frosting smeared across the top.


Shortbread Scrabble Cookies

Tender, flaky, and unforgettable in buttery sweet flavor. I’d liken the dough to a thicker, crisper slab of pie dough. It’s rich. The sweetness is delicate and subtle. It’s the kind of mouthful you chew and savor and crave more of. Rounded, nutty notes of vanilla and butter sit on your tongue long after you’ve swallowed your last bite. Shortbread, with its honest taste, is among the absolute best of cookie varieties.


Black and White Cookies

Like a pillow between my teeth. And chocolate was flirting with vanilla. And cake had crossed with cookie.


Chewy Molasses Cookies

It is still the best recipe I’ve tasted. Uniquely thin, ultra-chewy, and positively popping with gingery molasses flavor, these are the cookies of my girlhood, and they’ll be the ones I make until I’m…well…not in my girlhood.


German Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars

Just look at them.


Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

These petite pumpkin pie sandwiches are full of spice and warm autumn flavor. The cakes are fluffy, moist, and light. The cream cheese filling is luscious and tangy- the best balance for the cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. Bake them on a fall day. Bake them just because. Rather, eat them just because.


Eggnog Squares

These teeny tiny squares are intense in the most pleasurable way. Creamy, ultra-rich, and warmly spiced, like eggnog. Dense and silky like custard pie. I am unabashedly in love with them. The crust is a buttery shortbread and the filling tastes like a perfectly set creme brulee. Together they melt on your tongue.

{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

Kate December 1, 2011 at 2:32 pm

I’m dying. Everything looks so good! Can I have a dozen of each, please?


Andrea December 1, 2011 at 2:41 pm

Mmmmm too cute! I love the holidays. Baking for people and busting out family recipes makes me feel all warm and fuzzy!


Lindsay @ The Reluctant Runner December 1, 2011 at 2:57 pm

Oh, that was not fair! Too…many…deserts…I love the shortbread scrabble cookies! What a cute idea! I’m going to make them for my husband’s birthday next week.


Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn December 1, 2011 at 3:15 pm

I fink I just died a little bit.


Shannon December 1, 2011 at 4:24 pm

Oh. My. Goodness. I want to forget the dinner that’s in the oven and devour everything in this post!


Jessica @ Stylish Stealthy and Healthy December 1, 2011 at 6:36 pm

These ARE the perfect desserts to give as gifts…
to MYSELF. <3


Sophie @ LoveLiveAndLearn December 2, 2011 at 3:12 am

Mmm everything you make always looks so delicious, I want to make everything here!
The Homemade Cinna-Minis in particular look amazing as do the German Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars :-)
I’m hungry now!


johnny December 2, 2011 at 3:42 am

My favorite is the homemade twix bars!! YUMMY!!!


Emily December 2, 2011 at 4:35 am

Oh wow. These all look amazing! I think I may have to make my fiance some scrabble cookies. He’s a scrabble nerd. Thanks for the ideas :)


The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh December 2, 2011 at 6:09 am

Molasses cookies! YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!


Megan @ Tales of an HBS Wife December 2, 2011 at 6:42 am

The homemade Twix bars look amazing! I love the idea of giving sweets at Christmas – thanks for sharing!


Rebecca @ Miss Magnolia Munches & Moves December 2, 2011 at 6:47 am

I would be thrilled to recieve any of these as gifts! They look delicious.


TJ December 2, 2011 at 7:08 am



Melinda December 2, 2011 at 7:12 am

Love your Blog!! Those desserts look amazing, especially the pumpkin cheesecake- yum!


Claire @ Live and Love to Eat December 2, 2011 at 7:43 am

Love the molasses cookies – I typically make some type of ginger/molasses cookie for cookie exchanges.


Nancy December 2, 2011 at 8:39 am

Where are these recipes?


admin December 2, 2011 at 1:57 pm

Hey Nancy,

Just click on the bolded name of the recipe- they’re all hyperlinked to recipes! Thanks for reading :)


Tricia O. December 2, 2011 at 11:32 am

I’m going to make those eggnog squares. And then I’m going to marry them. I don’t care if it is legal in this state or not.


Erika - The Teenage Taste December 2, 2011 at 4:01 pm

I’m drooling right now. I need to make those Eggnog Squares ASAP!


cybele December 3, 2011 at 2:00 pm

I read the titles out loud to my teenaged son, who had to walk away in self-defense. I continued to scroll and make yum noises, and he hollered down the stairs, “Mama! I can hear you getting fat from here!”

I am imagining whom I might love enough to be a recipient of these delicious treats.


MelissaNibbles December 3, 2011 at 2:49 pm

I would like you to make me the cheesecake for Christmas ;)


raquel December 4, 2011 at 12:20 am

for me every recipe is different and they are all great I don’t what to choose, I think I would love to try is the Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake with Milk Chocolate Sauce coz I love cheesecake and it really drive me crazy whenever I have one on the fridge =)


The Decor Girl December 5, 2011 at 6:22 am

Stop posting these fabulous pictures! Ha Ha, just kidding these look awesome. Thanks for the ideas. :)


Troy Grover December 5, 2011 at 11:55 am



tK December 5, 2011 at 3:28 pm

I made the chocolate chip cookies for my coworkers and they barely last 5 minutes! The molasses cookies are next up. I’m a huge fan of using the darkest possible sugar in every recipe to achieve my desired chewiness level and moisture content, so these sound perfect for me.

tK :)


Midwest Girl in LA December 9, 2011 at 9:14 am

Sigh. I love to cook and think I’m a decent one, but gosh I cannot bake to save my life. I saw your ridiculously delicious looking cookie recipe and instantly wanted to try it. I did. But the timer I set was too quiet and they burned. Tragic. Once I recover from the trauma of losing an entire batch of cookies, I will try again.


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