25 Holiday Desserts That Aren't Cookies

These desserts are anything but cookie cutter.

Caramel-Espresso Yule Log

A fluffy, tender cake that rolls effortlessly around a plush, stay-put filling, …

Chocolate Semifreddo

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

Apricot, Vanilla, and Cardamom Pie with Rye Lattice...

For a new type of summer fruit pie, we piled vanilla-scented fresh apricots into…

Orange, Cranberry, and Mint Pavlova with Whipped Cream

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

Browned Butter Blondies

Most blondies have a one-note sweetness and too many (and the wrong kind of) mix…

Lemon–Olive Oil Tart

Butter isn't always better. An unorthodox ingredient is the key to this simple, …

Pouding Chômeur

This maple syrup cake was born of the Great Depression—yet it is decidedly rich.

Torta Caprese

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

Gingerbread Layer Cake

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

Chocolate-Espresso Dacquoise

This multilayered showpiece of meringue and buttercream coated in ganache might …

Chocolate Truffles

Turning out dense, creamy, professional-quality chocolate truffles at home was e…

Chocolate-Toffee Bark

For a sweet treat that’s great for gifts, we make a buttery, nutty layer of toff…

Olive Oil Cake

Repurpose one of your favorite savory ingredients for a cake that’s light yet pl…

Gâteau Breton with Apricot Filling

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

Baked Alaska

The classic cake, ice cream, and meringue combo is a science experiment you can …

Chocolate-Raspberry Torte

To make this dessert more than a mere elegant centerpiece, we ditched the dull, …

Tiramisu

This new Italian classic has become a sad, soggy, tired excuse for a dessert. Co…

Pear Crisp

Simply substituting pears for apples in this classic American dessert is a recip…

French Apple Tart

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

Apple Galette

Getting a flaky crust and caramelized apples can make this simple French tart no…

Milk Chocolate Pots de Crème

Forget the water bath and slow baking. We found a way to make this classic Frenc…

Linzertorte

What's the secret to making a perfect version of this Old World tart?

Baked Raspberry Tart

Tart raspberries, rich custard, and a buttery crust are a classic, white-tablecl…

Spiced Pumpkin Cheesecake

Some 30 cheesecakes later--that's more than 11,000 grams of fat and 150,000 calo…

Butterscotch Cream Pie

We investigate each crucial component of these luscious pies--custard filling, p…