Extremely Impressive Holiday Desserts That'll Wow Your Guests

You'll be hearing a lot of "oohs," "aahs" and "yums" with these festive tarts, trifles and more

Boozy New Year’s Eve “Party in a Glass” Parfait

Boozy New Year’s Eve “Party in a Glass” Parfait

Ingrid Beer/The Cozy Apron

Nothing says "Happy New Year" like booze! Celebrate the holiday with layers of fruit, Grand Marnier-soaked pound cake and Chambord-infused whipped cream, all topped with maraschino cherries and edible silver confetti.

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Cinnamon Roll Bread Pudding Trifle

Cinnamon Roll Bread Pudding Trifle

Naomi/ Baker's Royale

Cozy cinnamon rolls, bread pudding, caramel and rum, all stacked up in a pretty trifle, would warm even the Grinch’s cold heart.

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Honeyed Pears in Puff Pastry

Honeyed Pears in Puff Pastry

Heather Baird/Sprinkle Bakes

Dress up poached autumnal fruit, like pears, in store-bought puff pastry for a rustic yet elegant dessert.

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Marshmallow Panna Cotta with Peppermint “Hot Chocolate” Soup

Marshmallow Panna Cotta with Peppermint “Hot Chocolate” Soup

Peabody Rudd/Culinary Concoctions by Peabody

Panna cotta, an Italian dessert made from cooked cream, sugar and gelatin, can be molded into a star or other fun shapes using ramekins or tins. This version is swimming in a delicious sea of minty hot chocolate and topped with crushed peppermint.

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The Easiest Apple Tart

The Easiest Apple Tart

Jennifer Chong

Use pre-made pie or puffed pastry and the prettiest fresh fruit you can find to make this tart. Simply arrange the fruit slices in a pattern for a bakeshop-worthy (but totally doable) finish, and add sparkling sugar for extra glam.

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Gluten-Free Pear and Hazelnut Tart

Gluten-Free Pear and Hazelnut Tart

Aran Goyoaga/Cannelle et Vanille

Make an already beautiful tart a holiday showstopper by embellishing it with festive pie dough cutouts.

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Orange-Caramel Pecan Tarts

Orange-Caramel Pecan Tarts

Peabody Rudd/Culinary Concoctions by Peabody

Traditional pecan pie gets deck out for the holidays with a dose of orange liqueur and a touch of zest in the crust.

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Gingerbread Creme Brulee

Gingerbread Creme Brulee

Laura Chung/Miss Buttercup

Creme brulee sounds fancy but it's easy to make. This version includes molasses and cinnamon for a wintery twist. To finish, use paper stencils to dust on confectioner's sugar in a pretty design.

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Almond Chocolate Pots de Creme

Almond Chocolate Pots de Creme

Luise/Green Kitchen Stories

These cups of chocolate creamy yumminess only take about 10 minutes to prepare.

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Chocolate Bark Cake

Chocolate Bark Cake

Abeer Rizvi/The Cake Wiz

Decorate a homemade or store-bought cake with broken pieces of crunchy chocolate bark for a modern holiday treat.

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