Are you planning to host your best holiday bash yet this year? Surely you’ll need some recipes for the occasion, as food (let’s be real, desserts) are one of the most important parts of a holiday party! Whether you decide to go with cookies or a more decadent dish, we have you covered. Below are some amazing recipes for sweets that are sure to impress at your next soirée. 

Chocolate Espresso Snowballs 

These delicious cookies are covered in confectioners sugar to look like snowballs, a perfectly festive cookie for any holiday party. Their semi-sweet flavor could definitely pair nicely with a holiday cocktail. All you need are the ingredients below!   


  • 2 sticks softened unsalted butter, plus more for greasing 
  • 1/2 cup sugar 
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 
  • 2 teaspoons instant espresso powder 
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 
  • 2 cups finely chopped pecans 
  • Confectioners’ sugar, for coating

To make these festive snowball cookies, view the recipe here for further instructions

Butter and Jam Thumbprints 

Thumbprint cookies are always a favorite, especially around the holidays. Fill these bite-sized vanilla cookies with your favorite flavor of jam. 


  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter (1 1/2 sticks), softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar, plus more for rolling
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, seeds scraped from pod, or 1/8 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup raspberry, cherry or strawberry jam

Are you interested in making this sweet treat? Get further directions on how to make it here

Chocolate-Almond Saltine Toffee 

In this recipe, saltines are used as a simple base for a decadent toffee treat. Who would have thought that such as simple cracker would be the key ingredient in creating this amazing and wonderful looking dessert? If you’re looking for something delicious yet simple, this tasty toffee delight is perfect for you, since it requires very few ingredients. 


  • 1 1/2 cups sliced almonds (6 ounces) 
  • Approximately 60 saltine crackers (not low-sodium) 
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar 
  • 3 sticks (3/4 pound) unsalted butter 
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup 
  • 1/2 pound bittersweet chocolate, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces

We know you want to try this out! Get started by reading up on the directions here.

Pumpkin Pie 

Love it or hate it, this dessert will forever be a classic around the holiday season. Although there are recipes just about everywhere you look, the pumpkin pie can be a difficult dessert to tackle without the right ingredients. The recipe below promises a pumpkin pie with lots of spice and gives helpful tips from bakers at King Arthur Flour. 


Pie Filling

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper (optional)
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups (or one 15-ounce can) pumpkin
  • 1 1/4 cups light cream or evaporated milk

Use your favorite single pie crust recipe

Make the best pumpkin pie that people will talk about for years to come with these simple instructions

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