10 Showstopping Holiday Desserts

These beautiful desserts will stop your guests in their tracks.

Pumpkin Pie

The best thing about pumpkin pie shouldn't be that you only have to eat it once …

Gingerbread Layer Cake

Leave gingerbread people to the kids. The best vehicle for seriously sophisticat…

Perfect Pecan Pie

After patiently scouring dozens of recipes, we finally create a pie with silky s…

Millionaire's Shortbread

Britain’s triple-decker combo of buttery cookie, sweet caramel, and dark chocola…

Gâteau Breton with Apricot Filling

Hailing from France’s Brittany coast, gâteau Breton boasts a bright jam filling …

Torta Caprese

Flourless chocolate cake often trades on cloying fudge-like density and one-note…

Deep-Dish Apple Pie

We wanted mounds of tender, juicy apples in our deep-dish pie, but first we had …

Chocolate Semifreddo

Italy's elegant alternative to gelato (and ice cream) is rich and decadently cre…

Orange, Cranberry, and Mint Pavlova with Whipped Cream

Pavlova is a drop-dead gorgeous dessert of marshmallowy, crisp-shelled meringue …

French Apple Tart

Classic form and good looks are compulsory for a holiday centerpiece, but they d…