Wednesday, December 22

Easy Holiday Recipe Ideas for Dessert: Ten Sweet Treats

Feeding a crowd? There's nothing like a little homemade love for the holidays. I hope these favorite recipes from the Farmgirl Fare archives will inspire you to turn on the oven and share something sweet. The baby shortbread bites, crunchy biscotti, and little molasses ginger spice snaps keep well and make great stocking stuffers or gifts. The other cookies and bars—and even the apple pear crisp—all freeze beautifully so you can bake them whenever time allows. Click on the 'read more' link below to see the other nine desserts, and just click on each title to go to the recipe.

For more easy holiday recipe inspiration, check out these three roundups I put together last month. They say they're for Thanksgiving, but everything would be right at home on the Christmas or New Year's table, too. Or, like us, serve them on any day of the week just because!Recipe Ideas: Appetizers and Snacks
Recipe Ideas: Vegetable Side Dishes and Salads
Recipe Ideas: Quick Breads, Rolls, and More

baby shortbread cookies with mini chips and toffee bits
Baby Chocolate Chip and Toffee Shortbread Bites (these little cuties literally mix up in about five minutes)

Easy Chocolate Biscotti for Beginners
Chocolate Biscotti for Beginners (never baked biscotti before? start here!)

Toasted Almond Chocolate Chip Biscotti

Big, Soft & Chewy Molasses Spice Cookies
Big, Soft, and Chewy Molasses Ginger Spice Cookies with Raisins (bring back memories—or create some new ones with these old-fashioned treats)

Little Molasses Ginger Spice Snaps
Little Molasses Ginger Spice Snaps (same recipe as above, totally different cookie)

Yip Yap Banana Snaps
Yip Yap Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Banana Snaps (big, fun, and a little wholesome, too)

Whole Grain Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Bars 3
Whole Wheat Oatmeal Cinnamon Raisin Cookie Bars (who says treats can't be healthy?)

Easy Raspberry Almond Bars 1
Quick and Easy Raspberry Almond Bars (these are always a huge hit)

Apple Blueberrry Crumble Bars
Apple Blueberry Crumble Bars (confession: I usually eat these for breakfast)

pear apple crisp
Autumn Pear and Apple Crisp (tastes just as good in winter!)

©, the sweet toothed foodie farm blog where we've been known to eat dessert first—or even make a meal out of just desserts. And then fill up on salad or Swiss chard the next day of course.


  1. This all looks so good! I am going to attempt the chocolate biscotti tomorrow andi f all goes well, dunk an end in melted white chocolate :)

  2. That chocolate/toffee shortbread sounds wonderful! I bet they practically melt in your mouth.

  3. You can never have too many cookie recipes! We made your chocolare biscotti and also the ginger spice cookies - yummm! I've had many compliments on them, but best of all is just eating them myself!
    Happy holidays and thanks for the everyday smiles!

  4. I feel fat after reading this post! Everything looks sooooo good!!!

  5. Merry Christmas.
    I love you, your furry animals, the beautiful photos that cheer me up, and all the great recipes.

    Vicki in GA

  6. Yes! I made your ginger snaps for the neighborhood gifts and they were really good!

    As always, thanks for the inspiration. I had grown tired of the breads I always make...

  7. These look delicious, and I can't wait to try them! I'm always searching for a cookie that everyone will like, and this may be another to add to the list!


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