Baking/ Seasonal Recipes

ELR holiday desserts

It’s Christmas Eve! And this post is just in case you were staring at broken eggshells on your kitchen floor and wondering what to make now for dessert.

It happens.

But, I’ve got your back! Here are my favorite holiday dessert recipes…some are mine and some are ones that I wish were mine, but belong to other friends around the blogworld.

So what do you say? Pick up the shells, eat an oreo and get back in the game.

If I were you, I’d top this sweet, spicy ginger cake with a very large amount of vanilla bean ice cream…but that’s just me.

triple layer mint s’more brownies. The most ridiculous, and possibly best, dessert that I’ve ever made in all of my years. A rich fudgy brownie with a chewy peppermint patty layer, topped with roasted marshmallows.  It’s black stretchy pants approved.

Make these personal sized chocolate icebox cakes because they only requires three ingredients and little to no skill or culinary talent whatsoever. Stacking chocolate cookies with whipped cream? Done.


[photo courtesy of A Cozy Kitchen]

A Cozy Kitchen’s profiteroles. Simply beautiful. Dough stuffed with ice cream and topped with chocolate? Sign me up.


[photo courtesy of How Sweet Eats]

I’ve been staring at this HoHo cake for about two weeks now and think I might break down and make it while I’m home for myself my family. That buttercream layer is calling my name.

Zesty’s brown sugar fudge looks just about sweet enough to fuel me for a long day of present wrapping and pedicures. I want this.

I can’t think of anything I’d rather be doing on Christmas Eve than making these mint chocolate covered oreos…and eating about forty of them in the process.


[photo courtesy of The Church Cook]

Kay’s oatmeal lace cookies define daintiness in my book. I also think they would be lovely crumbled over a bowl of vanilla ice cream!

I’m off for a fun day of manicures and pedicures with my mom, present wrapping and cookie eating. Happy Baking!

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  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    December 24, 2010 at 5:03 am

    Shouldn’t have looks at this at 8am. Oh well… I just ate a red velvet cake ball. May as well start early!

  • Michele @ Healthy Cultivations
    December 24, 2010 at 5:03 am

    Have a wonderful day with you mom!!! Isn’t going home for Christmas just the best thing in the world? I’m doing it this year, and it’s just sublime!!!

  • Coco @ Opera Girl Cooks
    December 24, 2010 at 5:26 am

    Mmm, these all look like extremely worthy uses of black stretchy pants =). Happy holidays, Jenna!

  • Jo
    December 24, 2010 at 5:27 am

    Aahhh I love this post and all the holiday sweets. I’m def going to do the hoho cake for my dad and zesty brown sugar fudge for my boyfriend 🙂

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey
    December 24, 2010 at 5:33 am

    I love you for who you are with all of your sugary desserts.

  • Lauren at KeepItSweet
    December 24, 2010 at 5:35 am

    Merry Christmas!!

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Graduate
    December 24, 2010 at 5:47 am

    I think I went into a sugar coma just looking at this post. It all looks so good! 🙂

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga)
    December 24, 2010 at 5:49 am

    Wow such a decadent and drool-worthy post!!
    I love Jessica and all her recipes…I stare at my screen and just…slobber most days 🙂 haha!

    Great post, Jenna! Great way to make me want even MORE sugarey goodness!

    Merry Xmas!!

  • Camille
    December 24, 2010 at 6:20 am

    This post would be even better if I weren’t already in a sugar coma. But still amazing 🙂
    Merry Christmas Eve!

  • stacey-healthylife
    December 24, 2010 at 6:31 am

    Oh my all of those sound amazing.

  • Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen
    December 24, 2010 at 6:37 am

    Ahhh – dangerous post to read first thing in the morning!! Everything looks delicious.

  • Ella
    December 24, 2010 at 6:39 am

    i made your triple layer brownies yesterday, and oh baby bars! my friends adored them!

  • Courtney (Pancakes & Postcards)
    December 24, 2010 at 6:44 am

    gosh, jenna, as always these are all to-drool-for. I must start baking… immediately…

  • grocery goddess jen
    December 24, 2010 at 6:47 am

    Yes, please.

  • Food & Other Things
    December 24, 2010 at 6:51 am

    These all look amazing! I want to make all of them right now! Happy Holidays!

  • Maria
    December 24, 2010 at 6:55 am

    I want TWO of each:) Merry Christmas Jenna!

  • Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen
    December 24, 2010 at 7:09 am

    Merry Christmas, Jenna! Thanks for including me in this awesome round-up! That ice box cake is kind of amazing!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    December 24, 2010 at 7:25 am

    You’ve definitely given me my sugar fix for the morning Jenna! Thank you, and I hope you have a very Merry Christmas! 🙂

  • Mabelle @ Dance, Love, Dine
    December 24, 2010 at 7:40 am

    As always, Im here salivating over those desserts 🙂
    Quick question Jenna—(out of curiosity) you make so many delicious dessers in what appears to be in bulk. What do you do with your leftovers??

  • Baking 'n' Books
    December 24, 2010 at 8:05 am

    I have such a busy day ahead but need to bake something for friends. I was hoping you would do this!

    I like the oreo-covered ones best, but might go with that ginger cake. ‘Tis the season 🙂

  • Natalia - a side of simple
    December 24, 2010 at 8:22 am

    Jenna, I just have to tell you, everytime you write a post it’s like Christmas morning for me 🙂 Merry Christmas! So happy you’re home with your parents.

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss
    December 24, 2010 at 8:24 am

    Yum yum yummm!

  • Katie
    December 24, 2010 at 8:41 am

    My cousin and I just made lace cookies at Thanksgiving and now they are my favorite!!! I had never even heard of them before that.

  • Moni'sMeals
    December 24, 2010 at 8:46 am

    I will take one of each!

    Merry Christmas!!

  • Louise
    December 24, 2010 at 8:59 am

    Your mini flourless chocolate cakes are in my oven as we speak. I’m hoping I didn’t screw them up because I am taking them to my husband’s family Christmas and none of them believe I can cook. Merry Christmas!

  • megan
    December 24, 2010 at 9:52 am

    i just made your choc-walnut torte! i feel sort of guity making your family’s special recipe, but i will always think of it as jenna’s! like you have a paton for this dessert! Merry Christmas to you and your family 🙂

  • Stephanie @ Jobless in TX
    December 24, 2010 at 9:53 am

    I’m making your pumpkin whoopie pies with my aunt. I’d rather make them by myself, but my mother is making me get my aunt involved to kill some time. Believe me, this could be disastrous.

    Wish me luck!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin
    December 24, 2010 at 10:10 am

    My friend’s mom used to make the absolute best brown sugar fudge! I could eat that stuff until I went into a sugar coma.

    Merry Christmas!

  • Bridget
    December 24, 2010 at 10:10 am

    That fudge looks to DIE for! Drooooool

  • Bridget
    December 24, 2010 at 10:10 am

    That fudge looks to DIE for! Drooooool

  • Christine (The Raw Project)
    December 24, 2010 at 10:23 am

    Yum, way too early to look as such yummy pics! 🙂 Merry Christmas!

  • J.
    December 24, 2010 at 10:40 am

    I’m working. Would feel more worth it if I made more than 15 bucks an hour though 🙂
    Have a nice day and have fun baking. Sounds nice and calming.

    • JC
      December 24, 2010 at 2:36 pm

      Dude. You have a job and you’re making $15/hour and you’re complaining (as usual.) There are thousands of people without a job who would love the chance to make that kind of money. It’s kind of shameful that you complain about it all the time.

      Plus, didn’t you read the reply to your comment on Jenna’s last post. Whoever that chick is made a lot of sense–be positive and quit being such a Grich all the time. You are lucky to have such a job and opportunity.

  • Karen
    December 24, 2010 at 10:50 am

    Yum… all of these selections look delightful!

    So glad you can enjoy Christmas at home with your family, Jenna. Have fun!!

  • Lauren Z.
    December 24, 2010 at 10:55 am

    What a great collection Jenna! Thank you for sharing. I especially love your catchphrase tag ling “Black stretchy pants approved.” LOL. Fabulous. Merry Christmas!!

  • Kate
    December 24, 2010 at 11:07 am

    Bahhhhh!!! nomnomnom I want everything!!! Unfortunately I wasn’t gifted with the baking skillz. I stick to all things that don’t involve baking–lots of puppy chow around the holidays 😉

  • Lacey @ Lake Life
    December 24, 2010 at 11:13 am

    Those profiteroles look so fancy! I wish the Christmas hours weren’t winding down so quickly.

    That may be a lie 😉

  • Anne @ Your Kind of Salad
    December 24, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    Love the ginger cake! I was planning a gingerbread cake with salted caramel ice cream for tomorrow; and I can’t wait!

  • notyet100
    December 25, 2010 at 12:07 am

    wish ya merry christmas

  • Kay Heritage
    December 25, 2010 at 11:03 am

    You are too kind to mention me! Thank you! I hope to see you while you are home. I would love to invite you and your mom to the Tea Room if you have some time. I hate to take time away from your family, but if you are in Savannah next week let’s meet for an hour for a cup of tea. I’ll be at church tomorrow if you and your parents plan to attend. 🙂

    • jenna
      December 25, 2010 at 7:47 pm

      we would love to, Kay! And we will be at church tomorrow morning as well. Thank you for the sweet invite—I’ll look for you tomorrow but if we don’t find each other, drop me an email and we can set up a day next week. 🙂

      • Kay Heritage
        December 26, 2010 at 6:18 pm

        I will make a reservation for Wed. afternoon. It should be around 1 or 2 pm. Will text you to confirm. My teenage daughter will join us. 🙂