30 Holiday Desserts to Win Your Virtual Bake-Off

Juno DeMelo, Michella Oré
·6 min read

Brownies from a box are good, but when it comes to holiday desserts, few things compare to biting into the warm, fudge treat made from scratch. Below we've rounded up 30 recipes for homemade treats that will impress your mom, make your neighbors adore you, and help you bring home the coveted title of best baker across all of your Zoom showdowns. Haven't turned your oven on in…um, ever? There are even a couple no-bake options for holiday desserts so you can win without risking a kitchen fire.

TikTok Cookies

Five-ingredient peanut butter chocolate chip cookies went viral on TikTok earlier this year and for good reason. They're guaranteed tasty and super easy to make, watch the video here to see how.

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Chocolate Caramel Popcorn with Peanuts

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Buttered Popcorn Chocolate Chip Cookies

Like mixing your buttery popcorn with chocolate? This is the cookie for you then. Visit Joy The Baker for the recipe and see just how it's done

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Ginger

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Ginger-Citrus Cookies

The sweet taste of ginger mixed with your citrus of choice (pick from orange, lemon, or lime) are what make these festive cookies a holiday knockout. Get the recipe over at Bon Appetit.

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Team USA Media Summit Opening Reception

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Graham Cracker S'Mores Cookies

Bring the taste of camping by the fire pit indoors with these chewy bites. Visit Always With Butter for the recipe.

Homemade Oreos

Sure you can buy a pack in the store but imagine the bragging rights you'll get once you've mastered making oreos right there in your kitchen. Visit Tasty for the recipe.

Digestive Cookies

Take it back to classics with these crunchy digestive cookies made from wheat germ and topped with a rich chocolate frosting. Get the recipe at Bon Appetit.

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Browned Butter in a Skillet with a Wood Spatula

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Brown Butter Oatmeal Chunk Cookies

Upgrade your oatmeal cookies with some deliciously sweet brown butter. How Sweet Eats has the recipe you need.

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Matcha green tea latte in a cup. Top view. Copy space.

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Matcha Shortbread

You've swapped your morning coffee for a matcha latte, why not add a little of that green tea into your sugary sweets. Click over to Pizza for Breakfast for the recipe.

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Roasted Salty Pumpkin Seeds

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Chocolate Chunk-Pumpkin Seed Cookies

Still wondering what to do with all those left over pumpkin seeds from Halloween? Throw ‘em in a cookie! Check out this sweet and nutty recipe at Bon Appetit.

Slow-Cooker Brownie

Throw all the ingredients in the cooker and let the magic happen. Come back in five hours to a mouth-watering brownie cake. Get the recipe at Delish.

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Santa claus hands is holding a white gift box with red ribbon

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Christmas Present Brownies

Fresh baked brownies are truly a gift so why not dress them up like it? Grab the recipe at Tablespoon.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookie Peanut Butter Swirled Brownies

It's a mouthful to say but totally worth it when you dig in. The oatmeal adds the crunch while basically making it a healthy snack. That's how it works, right? Recipe over at Half Baked Harvest.

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Christmas decoration. Hanging red balls on pine branches christmas tree garland and ornaments over abstract bokeh background with copy space

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Christmas Tree Brownies

Chocolate, sprinkles, and candy cane? Yes, yes, and yes. If you want to indulge in all your sweet-tooth fantasies get the recipe over at Dinner at the Zoo.

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Irish creme liqueur in glass with ice.

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Irish Cream Brownies

Getting buzzed while getting your daily sugar intake is easily accomplished with this 2-in-1 cream liqueur infused brownie. Get the recipe at Blondie's Cakes & Things.

Brown Butter Pumpkin Brownies

If the holiday season hasn't made your taste buds completely numb to anything pumpkin, try your hand at this brown butter brownie mix loaded with pumpkin spice. Recipe over at My Therapist Cooks.

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Chocolate chips or morsels in a bowl

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Low-Sugar Brownies

Ok, maybe you've had a little too much sugar over the past couple weeks and you need to tone it down for a day (or two). Click here to get the recipe that skimps on sugar but not flavor.

Raspberry Crumble Tart Bars

This fruity and sour bar is a perfect for desert or for a light afternoon snack. Get the recipe at Smitten Kitchen.

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Close-up of fresh Cherry

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Cherry Pie Bars

Here's another fruit-packed dessert to ring in the holidays with. Pass these out to your quarantine pod to spread the cheer. You can get the recipe at Joy The Baker.

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Whipped cream and whisk in glass bowl

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Whole Lemon Meringue Pie Bars

Have eggs to spare? Whip them up into a creamy, tart lemon meringue pie. Smitten Kitchen has the perfect recipe.

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Chocolate

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Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

If you love making chocolate chip cookies but can't be bothered to separate the dough into equal, perfectly-sized balls, this is the recipe for you.

Chocolate Chip Macaroon Bars

What's better than a chocolate chip bar, you ask? One with a thick layer of buttery coconut, crisped just a little on top. Get the recipe at Love, Cake.

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Close-up of red royal gala apples

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Old-Fashioned Apple Pie

Who doesn't like apple pie? The mix of apple chunks, cinnamon, and nutmeg are like a taste of nostalgia with every bit. Check out this recipe by Kristine's Kitchen.

Double Chocolate Banana Bread

Maybe you've decided what you actually need is more chocolate, not less. A spin on the staple banana bread, double chocolate ups the sweetness and makes for an even more robust flavor. Get the recipe at Buns In My Oven.

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Gordons Premium Pink distilled gin seen in the store

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Gin and Tonic Cake

Here's another boozy treat to indulge in this holiday. A simple lemon-lime cake covered in spiked icing? Say no more. How Sweet Eats has the recipe you need.

Red Velvet Cupcakes

We couldn't do a dessert roundup without a red velvet. With its decadent and smooth taste it basically screams treat yourself. Perfect for the holidays. This recipe can be found over at Once Upon a Chef.

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chocolate spread with knife

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One-Bowl Nutella Banana Bread

Remember when Nutella was smeared on just about anything? If you still can't get enough of the nutty, chocolate spread, this vegan and gluten-free recipe by Minimalist Baker is definitely worth checking out.

Coconut Raspberry Cupcakes With Raspberry Buttercream

While 'tis is the season of giving, we won't tell if you decide to keep these cupcakes all to yourself. Get the recipe at Love, Cake.

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Ingredients for cooking chocolate pastry from above

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Chocolate Crunch

Also know as chocolate concrete cake (don't let the name deter you), this recipe by Hint of Helen only requires four ingredients and is ready in just 25 minutes.

Peanut Butter Marshmallow Squares

For those who haven't turned their oven on in…ever, this bake-free recipe by Meal Hack is perfect for you.

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liquid caramel is poured into a gravy boat

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Salted Caramel Rice Krispies Treats

Another bake-free option, this childhood favorite has been elevated thanks to the sweet and salty caramel. Lovely Little Kitchen has the recipe you need.

Originally Appeared on Glamour