Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Festive Holiday Dessert Party Ideas!

Thanks to Duncan Hines for sponsoring my writing. There's no limit to the baking possibilities, so grab your favorite Duncan Hines mix and Comstock or Wilderness fruit fillings and Bake On!

You guys know that one of my favorite things to do is bake desserts! With the Holidays here I thought it would be fun to show you some of my favorite go-to desserts.

If I'm planning a Christmas party, I forget about ham and potatoes and all that business. I go straight to the best part of the meal. Desserts! There is nothing more fun than throwing a dessert party with friends. And Christmas is the perfect time to do it!

All of these ideas I am showing you are treats that you can grab and eat. No utensils needed! All you need are some plates and mugs and you are ready for a great dessert party with friends!

Here are a few of my favorites and also some new ones that I found on Pinterest that I want to try!

Eggnog Spritz Cookies with Rum Glaze

I am an eggnog die-hard. Put some rum in it and oh baby, you are talking my language! I have been making these cookies for a few years now and I love how easy they are compared to how beautiful and tasty they are! A cookie press makes them look professionally made!

Homemade Sea Salt Caramels

This is a new favorite that I am really excited about! I think they would be so cute in a jar on a holiday dessert table! Perfect for a take home gift for your guests as well.

Oreo Truffles

This is one of those desserts where everyone raves about it and asks for the recipe. Prepare yourself by making up some recipe cards in advance! (Another great take home gift idea!)

Pecan Tassies 

My Mom has made these since I was a little girl and it's just not Christmas without them! They are like miniatures pecan pies and perfect for a dessert night!

Santa Hat Brownies

I mean, how cute are these?! I haven't made any yet so I do not have a picture to share but check them out! I think the kids will love these! These would be super quick and easy with a box of Duncan Hines Brownie Mix!

Peppermint Bark Cheesecake

Cheesecake Factory Photo
I found this on Pinterest from The Cheesecake Factory. If anyone has a recipe for a copycat, let me know!! Look at how beautiful it is! I think it would be fun to make them as cupcakes for a buffet dessert party.

Hot Cocoa Peppermint Marshmallows
These would be super cute with a cup of hot cocoa to go along with all of these amazing desserts!

Fudge Rum Balls

Photo From Duncan Hines
 I found these on the Duncan Hines website and OMG. Yes, please!

And, well, let's be honest...anything from their Christmas Recipes list is looking pretty good!

Can you say, "Dessert overload?" Not that there is such a thing.

All of these desserts would look absolutely beautiful spread out on a holiday buffet table. Spread some lights, greenery and shiny ornaments all around the table and you have a gorgeous and delicious party in a flash!

What are you go-to desserts to serve over the Holidays? Do you have any "Desserts With Friends" party ideas? I'd love to hear them!

Remember to check out Duncan Hines' website to find some great recipes for your holiday get-together! I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective.

All opinions are my own. As always!


  1. Wow! I was doing so good with my eating healthy and then I read this! haha! Those oreo truffles and peppermint bark cheesecake look amazing!! I have to bake 3 batches of brownies tonight - so I will be grabbing the Duncan Hines from the store!! Thanks :)

  2. Just went to their website and will definitely be making those Extreme Fudgy Peanut Butter Brownies. Fudgy+Peanut Butter+Brownies = delicious!!

  3. Well a special treat once in a while is ok! :)

  4. I usually like to bake from scratch but Duncan Hines is my mix of choice if I do use a mix so I am going to try those Fudge Run balls. yummy Jeane

  5. Desserts are and have always been my weakness! I may have to try out some of these recipes! The cheesecake looks divine.

    These are my favorite, no matter what time of year.
    They're so easy and no one can resist grabbing one. If I could get away with having a confetti wedding cake, I'd totally do it.  ;)

  6. RamblingsofatraumamamaDecember 9, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    Oh my goodness those look wonderful! I think I gained weight just looking! 

  7. I'll take one of each... thank you very much. And thank you Duncan Hines for supporting this blog! Send her MORE money.

  8. Although I usually bake from scratch if I use a mix my choice is Duncan Hines. Going to try those Fudge Rum balls. Yummy. Jeane

  9. We won't talk about the weight I've gained EATING it all!


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