Holiday Dessert Recipe Swap!

Posted by at Dec 3, 2012 6:00 am

My mother is coming to visit this week, and I’d like to do some baking for the holidays. However, I have to say that when I bake, it has to be a rather easy recipe for me to do and follow. None of this Ina Garten fancy-schmancy stuff for me, LOL! Anyway, I’m looking for a few new recipes to try, and I thought it would be fun to have a holiday recipe swap. I’ll share a favorite easy-to-do yummy recipe, and ifyou have a holiday dessert you love, please share with the rest of us!


1 bag (12 oz) semisweet chocolate chips
(2 cups) 1 bag (12 oz) dark chocolate chips
(2 cups) 1/3 cup whipping cream
1 cup butter
1/4 cup dry pudding mix from 1 box (4-serving size) vanilla pudding and pie filling mix (not instant)
1/2 cup whipping cream
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 bag (2 lb) powdered sugar
1/2 cup coarsely chopped peppermint candy canes

STEP ONE: Spray 15x10x1-inch pan with cooking spray. Reserve 1/2 cup of the semisweet chocolate chips. In 2-quart saucepan, heat remaining semisweet chocolate chips, the dark chocolate chips and 1/3 cup cream over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until melted. Pour into pan; spread evenly. Refrigerate.

STEP TWO: Meanwhile, in 3-quart saucepan, heat butter, pudding mix and 1/2 cup cream to boiling over medium heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in peppermint extract, vanilla and powdered sugar, beating well, until mixture is smooth. Spread evenly over cooled chocolate layer; freeze until firm, 15 to 20 minutes.

STEP THREE: Place reserved 1/2 cup chocolate chips in small resealable freezer plastic bag. Microwave on High 45 to 55 seconds, turning bag over after 30 seconds. Squeeze bag until chips are melted and smooth. Cut small tip off one corner of bag, and drizzle over top. Immediately sprinkle with chopped candy. Cut into 15 rows by 5 rows.

And when you’re done, they should look like this (not my personal photo, but they do look like this, LOL!)

Okay, now it’s your turn to share!


12 thoughts on “Holiday Dessert Recipe Swap!

  1. 1
    Sue G. says:


    Your recipe looks great. I’m gonna try this!

    Here is mine. It is similar to the peanut butter Hershey kiss but it is Cherry Chocolate Kiss.

    1 cup powdered sugar
    1 cup butter or margarine, softened (I used margarine)
    2 teaspoons maraschino cherry liquid
    1/2 teaspoon almond extract
    3 to 4 drops of red food coloring
    2 1/4 cups flour
    1/2 cup maraschino cherries, drained and chopped
    1 bag of Hershey Kisses (I prefer dark chocolate, but you can use milk)

    Heat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine powdered sugar, margarine (or butter), cherry liquid, almond extract and food coloring. I like a deeper color so I use about 8 drops of food coloring.

    Blend well. Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup and level off. Add to mixture.

    Stir in cherries. Shape dough into 1 inch balls. (You can roll in red sugar if you want, I don’t). Place balls 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.

    Bake for 8 – 10 minutes or until edges are lightly golden brown. Immediately top each cooke with a kiss and put back in the oven for 15 seconds. Remove from oven and let cool.

    Makes 3 – 4 dozen cookies.

  2. 2

    Those look great. I’ll have to save the recipe for my daughter, though – she’s the mint lover here. ;o)

    And now for the easiest cookie recipe ever:

    Cake-mix Cookies

    1 box cake mix (whichever one turns you on)
    1/2 c vegetable oil
    2 eggs
    nuts, raisins, chocolate chips, candy bits… whatever works with whichever mix you pick

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a medium bowl, mix all ingredients together until thoroughly combined. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes until firm and slightly browned around the edges. Remove from oven and transfer cookies to cool.


    • 2.1
      katie says:

      Thank you SO much for this recipe! I lost it a few years back and I used to make it all of the time!

  3. 3
    Silver James says:

    These are the easiest cookies ever. You can change the flavor of the chips and you can add red or green food coloring.

    Forgotten Cookies

    Preheat oven to 350. Line cookie sheets with foil.


    3 egg whites
    1 cup sugar
    1 12 oz. package chocolate chips (or flavor of chips your choice)
    1 cup chopped pecans
    1 teaspoon vanilla

    In bowl, beat egg whites and sugar until it forms stiff peaks. Add food coloring if desired. Stir in chips, pecans, and vanilla.

    Drop cookies by rounded teaspoonfuls onto cookie sheets. TURN OFF oven. Place all cookie sheets in preheated TURNED OFF oven and leave overnight. Keep in closed container until served.


  4. 4
    Glittergirl says:

    This is my holiday cake recipe that my friends ALWAYS request… Poke & Pour Gingerbread Cake

    2-1/2 c flour
    3/4 c brown sugar
    1 tsp baking powder
    2 tsp cinnamon
    1 tsp ginger
    1/2 tsp soda
    1/2 tsp salt
    1/2 tsp nutmeg
    1/4 tsp ground cloves
    3/4 c water
    3/4 c oil
    3/4 c molasses
    2 eggs

    Butter Sauce
    1 c brown sugar
    1/2 c butter
    1/3 c water

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease & flour tube pan (I use a 9×12 baking dish). Blend all cake ingredients. Pour into pan. Bake for 45-55 min.
    While cake is baking, bring Butter sauce ingredients to boil over medium heat. Turn off heat. Immediately when cake come from oven, poke holes in cake and pour sauce over cake. Cool to warm & serve with whipped cream.

  5. 5
    Donna M says:

    Those creams look yummy! I have to think on my recipes, not sure any of them are easy! If I think of something I will come back to post it!

    :lights: :santalights: :reindeer:

  6. 6
    Liza says:

    I’ll post my rum cake recipe tomorrow. It’s on my work computer.

  7. 7
    sharlene Wegner says:

    See, now none of these seem simple to me. My great recipe would be the tollhouse recipe from the back of the semi sweet chips, and just add 1/3 cup butterscotch chips & 1/3 mini semi sweet chips. Not majorly creative, but everyone seems to like it!

  8. 8
    judy says:

    :bigtree: :bigxmas: All my family love this.
    Banana Delight
    First layer:
    1 cup flour
    1 stick butter, softened
    1/2 cup nutc of choice, chopped
    Combine and press firmly into 9×13 pan. Bake 20 mins. in 350 oven (let cool)

    Second layer:
    1 8ounce cream cheese
    1 cup powder sugar
    1 8ounce cool whip
    Combine cheese and sugar in mixing bowl and whip with a rotary beaters. Fold in
    cool whip. Pour over cooled crust.

    Third layer:
    2 instant banana pudding or Vanilla pudding
    3 cups milk
    2 or 3 bananas, diced
    Combine pudding with milk and beat according to box directions. Add bananas
    mix and pour over second layer.

    Fourth layer:
    1 8 ounce cool whip
    chopped nuts spread over top of third layer and sprinkle with nuts

    It is real easy to make. If I can anyone can.

  9. 9
    judy says:

    :walksnowman: The recipe I just add. You can put any kind of fruit in it.

  10. 10
    Eileen A-W says:

    I didn’t have access to my recipes yesterday, so I’m happy to share one today. In fact I just made these tonight. These are my kids favorite and they are very easy to make.

    Yummy Caramel Bars

    1 package German Chocolate Cake mix
    3/4 cup butter (melted)
    1/3 cup evaporated milk
    1 cup chocolate chips
    1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
    50 caramels
    1/3 cup evaporated milk

    Mix together cake mix, melted butter and 1/3 cup evaporated milk. Spread half of this in a lightly greased 9×13 inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 6 minutes.

    Sprinkle the chocolate chips and nuts on top of the partially baked cake.

    Melt the caramels with the remaining evaporated milk and drizzle over chocolate chips and nuts.

    Crumble and pat the remaining cake mixture on top and bake for another 20 minutes at 350 degrees. (You can’t really crumble the remaining cake mixture, but just drop all over the top and it spreads as it bakes.)

    Cut when cool.

  11. 11

    This is a beautiful idea so everyone can test or bake something new for Christmas. It is really good to taste new recipes especially during the holidays. I am already getting excited while I read some of these recipes.

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