15 Holiday Desserts That Aren’t Christmas Cookies, Because Who Doesn't Want Candy Cane Cupcakes?

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When you think of traditional Christmas desserts, you automatically think of holiday cookies — that’s because Christmas and cookies are basically synonymous. The end of December is the time of year when it’s perfectly acceptable to eat cookies for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks in between, simply because they’re decorated with red sprinkles or shaped like Santa Claus.

While cookies are all well and great, I have to be honest: they’re not my first choice for dessert. I’m more of an ice cream or cupcake kind of girl. Or pie. Or cake. Or even just pudding, really. It’s not that cookies aren’t delicious, it’s just that on the dessert list, they’re not rated that high for me. I know I can’t be the only one who feels this way (right?). There are so many other holiday-appropriate desserts out there that there’s no reason you should have to deal with cookies all month if you don’t love them. Here are 15 other delicious dessert options you can make that will have everyone asking, “Christmas cookies? What are those?”

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