31 {real food} Holiday Dessert Recipes You Must Try

We’ve been chowing down for 7 days now on the ultimate collection of holiday recipes  – The Top 10 Holiday Recipe Round Up! – and now we’re into the final course: Dessert. Are we feeling fat yet?
Ya know, with the whole villainization of fat (and honestly, as a real food blogger, white sugar and flour as well) comes a whole lot of holiday sweet treat guilt, am I right? Well, let’s settle this right here and now: Fat is good. Sweets can be enjoyed in moderation, which is why you will find refined sugar treats on this list. Eat shit, guilt. Because I’m gonna eat fat, and eat sugar and flour and sweet goodies, and it’s all gonna be damn good. Because. It’s. Christmas.
…Plus I bought a gym membership the other day to balance out the hiding in my basement. And I’m gettin up on the 30 Day Less Stress Challenge which should help too. For reals.
You don’t need any sweets my loves – you’re sweet enough. But in case your holiday guests need a little sugar, I’ve rounded up one heck of a collection – 31 in fact! – of recipes that will definitely fit your sweet tooth. Or your guest’s. Or anyone in the world. It’s awesome. And frankly, this was by far the most popular category of the round up on your part too!If you missed the opportunity to submit your best dessert recipes, never fear! There’s a linky tool at the bottom of the features where you can include your posts now!Now, without further ado, let me pour you a cup of baileys and coffee and let’s get to…



Rum-BallsAunt Traute’s Rum Balls c/o Joyful Mom

Are your teeth aching yet? What sweet treats will you be serving up this holiday season? Did we miss anything that SHOULD be on the list?

If you missed the opportunity to be showcased here, link up below! 
I want your BEST holiday desserts & sweets! 

Happy Holidays, my friends – thank you SO much for contributing to this round up! I can’t wait to start cookin’ up all your amazing recipes!!! You’re awesome. Like, totally.


  • Lindsey at NW Backyard Veggies
    December 10, 2013 at 4:03 AM

    There are things about you that I just love. This compilation of all things sweet is one.

    And you joining a gym is another.

    I DID, TOO! And have been righteously appalled by the clusterfuck daytime television programming that is shoved down our throats via huge TV’s as all of us collectively jog to nowhere.

    But mama’s gotta get a handle on this jiggle. So I can eat more of what’s on this list. For sho’.

    • Kristy Gardner
      December 12, 2013 at 11:18 AM

      HA! I’m so glad! I thought i was going right off the deep end by joining but at least I’m not alone! YES!!!!

      PS. I get to watch Chuck Hughes…. and it’s not bad at all.

  • Chris @ The Keenan Cookbook
    December 10, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    Awesome round up! Thanks so much for including us 🙂

    • Kristy Gardner
      December 12, 2013 at 11:18 AM

      Thank YOU for contributing Chris!

  • Maria Long
    December 10, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    thanks for including Close to home. I am hungry right now for sweets.

  • Denise Browning@From Brazil To You
    December 12, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    Kristy: Thanks so much for including four of my holiday treats in this post!!!! How generous of you!!!! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year! I am sharing and sharing this…

    • Kristy Gardner
      January 2, 2014 at 9:31 AM

      Thank you so much Denise! You’re awesome!!! Honored to host you!

  • Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets
    January 2, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    So I’m pretty sure you forgot my submissions, which is ok because I love you. Plus you joined a gym so now we can eat more sugary sweets and Kung fu fight because “everybody’s Kung fu fighting,” or something like that.

    • Kristy Gardner
      January 2, 2014 at 9:31 AM

      OMG!!!!!!!!!!!! Did I??!!! MEGHAN! I’m so sorry. I’m such an arse!!! Emailing you now.